Today's News

  • $10,000 for council tablets waste of money

    The Harriman City Council is considering forking over $10,000 for computer tablets to get electronic versions of agendas and other documents involving city business. (See story in today's Roane County News)

    Our response?


    Has it not been drummed into our — and their — heads that these are tight budget times?

  • TVA auction ‘good thing’

    This month’s auction of properties TVA purchased because of the ash spill could prove beneficial for Roane County in several ways.

    “Anytime you put property back on the tax rolls, it’s a good thing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The auction is slated for Saturday, July 25.

    The properties, most of which are on Emory River Road, include 22 homes and 39 vacant lots.

  • Armed robbery mars holiday weekend

    Kingston police responded to an armed robbery at the Rocky Top at 935 E. Race St. Sunday morning.

    Cashier Michelle Birmley told police that a man in camouflage clothing entered the store around 1:30 a.m. and pointed a black pistol at her and demanded money.

    “While she attempted to open the register, the suspect walked around the counter and removed the money from the drawer,” the report said. “The suspect then ordered Ms. Birmley to open the safe under the register, and Ms. Birmley complied.”

  • Rockwood man charged in rape

    Tabrin Thomas, a 22-year-old Rockwood man, was charged with aggravated rape last week.

    The warrant was taken out by Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray.

    Hours after the alleged rape, Gray reported Thomas agreed to release the alleged victim if she dropped him off at a friend’s house.

    After doing so, she went to the Rockwood McDonald’s, where she contacted police.

    Gray said the alleged victim was taken to Roane Medical Center, where a forensic examination was conducted.

  • One youth escapee from Omni Vision recaptured

    One of three teens who escaped a treatment center for young offenders in Roane County is back in custody.

    “He managed to make it all the way to Davidson County, so obviously he got picked up somehow,” said Steve Norris, president of Omni Vision, the organization which operates Roane Academy in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    “At this point, it is pretty much in the hands of law enforcement, and we have to rely on that. We appreciate all the cooperation we got, particularly there locally. They were great to work with,” said Norris.

  • Kingston looks to build on summer camp success after returning from dead period

    With the TSSAA dead period officially coming to a close on the Fourth of July, teams will now report back with their coaches and begin work for the 2015-16 seasons.

    For Kingston head coach Colt Narramore, that means a lot of getting back to the basics.

  • Rockwood swim team makes strides in year four

    For most sports, the end of June and first of July are considered dead-periods.

    No contact between players and coaches, no practices, only personal workouts.

    For the Rockwood swim team, however, things are just heating up.

    So far this season, the team has only had two meets: one against Kingston, and another against Ft. Saunders.

    Despite early season struggles in the pool, the team has come a long way from its rebirth four years ago.

  • Sports camp a hit for summer fun
  • No tax hike, but needs rack up

    Harriman’s earliest budget draft does not include a property tax increase, but it also doesn’t include a lot of items that worry city officials.

    Manpower and equipment needs, in particular, are the main concerns.

    “It looks like we are sitting pretty in a lot of these departments like we don’t need nothing, but that is not the case,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    The needs include a rescue truck for the fire department.

  • Kingston woman accused of frauding TennCare for drugs

    Constance Young, a 29-year-old Kingston woman, was indicted last month for TennCare fraud.

    TennCare is the state’s Medicaid program.

    According to the Kingston Police Department, Young was using TennCare to obtain a Schedule III drug. The indictment alleges the drug was dihydrocodeinone.

    In addition to the TennCare fraud charge, the indictment also charges Young with selling dihydrocodeinone.

    Court records listed her address as 1421 Mobile Drive, Kingston.