Today's News

  • Mental evaluation ordered for ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ star

    Former “Star Trek: Voyager” actor Jennifer Lien has been ordered to undergo an evaluation at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga.

    Lien has two separate criminal cases pending in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    One stems from an April encounter with Harriman police, in which Lien allegedly rammed a police cruiser.

    She’s charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in that incident.

  • IT’S OFFICIAL: Kingston tax increase OK’d

    With only one dissenting vote, and no outside remarks — negative or otherwise —Kingston City Council approved a 23-cent property tax increase Tuesday during a special-called meeting.

    Council voted 6-1 to raise taxes from $1.21 for each $100 valuation to $1.45, rounded up, which will balance the city’s $6.029 million budget.

    Tony Brown’s was the only “no” vote Tuesday, and was consistent with his opposition to the increase since it was proposed earlier in the month.

  • Tea Party members still miffed over county hike

    The Roane County Tea Party is visibly upset about the recent 30-cent property tax increase by the Roane County Commission, and they want the rest of Roane County to show their displeasure. too.

    To that end, a sign covers one side of the organization’s oversized vehicle listing the name and phone number of commissioners who voted for the tax increase, inviting citizens to call them and tell them what they think of the increase.

  • Kingston lawyer threatened

    Kingston attorney Jason Hines contacted authorities on Tuesday after someone called his office making threats.

    “They called and threatened to come get my wife and all that, so we did a police report,” Hines said.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Roy Montgomery responded to Hines’ office to look into the matter.

    “They took it very serious and I told them to take it serious,” Montgomery said. “I think it was somebody who may have been under the influence of something or maybe a little intoxicated.”

  • Key Roane Academy officials resign

    Roane Academy’s facility director Mark Akers and clinical director Dr. Andrea McCarter resigned last week.

    Omni Visions, which operates Roane Academy, announced the resignations on Friday.

    “They were voluntary for sure,” said Jennifer Wigal, Omni Visions director of marketing.

    Wigal said the company will not be commenting on the reason why Akers and McCarter decided to leave because of the sensitive nature of those decisions.

  • Former worker files suit against Harriman Utility

    A former Harriman Utility Board employee is suing for discrimination in federal court.

    In her lawsuit, filed Sept. 21 in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Linda Flores alleges HUB terminated her in December 2014 based on her race and/or national origin.

    Flores said she is Hispanic of Mexican descent and prior to being fired employees heard co-workers call her “wetback,” a derogatory term for Mexicans.

  • Hurt Kingston linebacker back at school

    Ethan Guinn was back at school on Monday feeling a lot better than he did Friday night.

    The junior linebacker for the Kingston Yellow Jackets made a hard tackle in the fourth quarter of his team’s 48-42 overtime win against Greenback.

    Guinn and Greenback quarterback Hunter Willis were both injured on the play, and were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in separate ambulances.

  • Classmate coaches of national charity founder bring it home for rivalry game

    This past Saturday college football fans across the nation banded together for the Coach to Cure MD program.

    The program, in its eighth year, has helped raise more than $2 million to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    What you might not realize, however, is the Coach to Cure program has a strong Roane County connection.

    It was started by 1988 Harriman High School graduate Brad Todd because his nephew, Joel Poysky, 13, suffers from the disease.

    Joel’s mother, Rachel, is also a Harriman graduate.

  • Langley heads up school board

    Darrell “Drack” Langley was picked to serve as chairman of the Roane County Board of Education over the next year.

    One of the biggest things the board will face during his stint is picking a new director of schools.

    Langley spoke briefly about the task after his unanimous selection as chairman on Sept. 17.

    “We’ll meet as a board and make a decision about the route they want to go,” he said.

    “It’s not a Drack Langley thing. It’s a board decision.”

  • Rockwood looks to keep $1 tax rate

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller didn’t want to see the city’s tax rate dip below $1 per $100 valuation.

    The new certified rate was very close to that, at 99.29 cents on each $100 of taxable property.

    The Rockwood City Council recently passed first reading of an ordinance to levy a $1 per $100 valuation property tax rate.

    “You cannot exceed that (the certified rate) unless you go through the process of a public hearing,” said Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew.