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Today's News

  • Dumping incident may draw charges

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department may bring criminal charges against the people responsible for dumping gray sludge that ended up in Watts Bar Lake.

    “The one we found closest to covering what has happened is aggravated criminal littering,” he said.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is working with local officials as they look into what happened. No one had been charged as of press time Thursday.

  • NAACP speaker offers involvement tips

    Rockwood native Jennifer Hill said she knew immediately what she would talk about when Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge asked her to speak at the organization’s Jan. 17 Freedom Fund Banquet.

    “Activism through social media,” she said.

    Hill was one of two people to give an address at the event, which was held at Roane State Community College. The other was Gloria Jean Sweet-Love, a native of Fayette County and president of the Tennessee NAACP Conference. The theme of her speech was living for a cause greater than yourself.

  • Wanted-woman picked up after Kingston police call

    A woman who Kingston police say is wanted by the U.S. Marshals was arrested on Wednesday at 533.5 Greenwood St. The call came in as burglary in progress.

    Megan Nicole Lowe, 25, was found inside the residence when police showed up.

    “She was trying to unlock the door and couldn’t get it open, so we made entry,” Police Chief Jim Washam said. “The homeowner’s son had dropped her off. Supposedly this is the homeowner’s son’s girlfriend.”

  • Pine Ridge widening moving on schedule

    Workers have been busy on the widening project of Ruritan Road to Roane Street.

    “The completion date is May 31, 2016, and the project seems to be on track,” said Mark Nagi of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “At this time the sewer line is being placed, and the electric poles,” are being installed Nagi said earlier this month.

    Crews were working on sewer lines at East Hassler Mill Road and will be working at Scarboro this month as well.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is pleased with the progress.

  • Man trapped in tangled brush

    Rockwood and Roane County emergency personnel found a man who had been missing for over 24 hours on Wednesday afternoon.

    Harold West was known to go for walks in the areas near his Heritage Hills apartment, but when family noticed the 61-year-old had not taken his cane, they became concerned.

    “Late Tuesday, probably around 7 or 8 o’clock, one of the relatives reported he wasn’t at his home,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

  • Paper mill cleanup creates opportunities in Harriman

    All sorts of possibilities may be opened up for the community when the paper mill site in Harriman is cleaned up.

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with MeadWestvaco, formerly the Mead Corp., which owned the property, approached the Harriman City Council last week.

    EPA official Scott Miller said after the cleanup, the property should be fine for recreational use.

  • State questions county budget

    The state has concerns about Roane County’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Sandra Thompson, director of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Office of State and Local Finance, outlined the worries in a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody on Nov. 24.

    “The county’s fiscal year 2015 budget projects the Ambulance Service Fund, County Road Fund and General Purpose School Fund to close the year with fund balances that cover less than one month’s average expenditures,” Thompson wrote.

  • City Hall cameras help catch thief

    Rockwood police arrested a man earlier this month for allegedly breaking into city hall.

    They also took note of his persistence.

    Suspect Dustin Scarborough, 32, is charged with vandalism, theft and aggravated burglary.

    According to the arrest warrant, police were dispatched to city hall on Jan. 3 about a window that had been pried open.

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  • Harriman lawyer loses license

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has disbarred Harriman attorney Kent Booher.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys for the court, announced the punishment last week.

    In September, Booher pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court. He was suspended by the Supreme Court on Oct. 7.