Today's News

  • Tax evader asked to resign

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board member has been asked to step down following charges of sales tax evasion in August.

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee entered a guilty plea to three counts of sales tax evasion for each of his three businesses: Big E’s Quick Mart, Go-Mart in Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston for the period between January 2006 and December 2008.

    Lee was put on eight years probation and granted judicial diversion but must pay the state $280,752.52 in restitution — or $3,000 per month.

  • Pauper burial proposal on hold for now

    A resolution that called for Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” was deferred to County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    Commissioners made the move at Monday night’s regular meeting.  

  • Assistant prosecutor promoted

    Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey has been elevated to the position of deputy district attorney general.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the promotion recognizes Harvey’s 30 years of service as a prosecutor with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

    The district includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Kingston rejected on housing money request, will try again

    Kingston Council learned that the city’s latest Community Development Block Grant request was rejected, but that there’s hope that it may be tweaked and successfully resubmitted at the beginning of 2013.

    The city applied for a $500,000 CDBG grant earlier this year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    The housing rehab grant would have been used for fixing low-income homes in the Byrd Circle area; 22 of 38 homes on Byrd Circle reportedly submitted applications for rehab.

  • Turnovers costly for Jackets in title game loss

    Turnovers are often the biggest stat of the game in football, and that was the case Thursday night as the Cherokee Yellow Jackets turned the ball over five times in dropping a 34-14 decision against Clinton in the Clinch Valley Conference Class AAA Championship Game.

  • Harriman loses AA title game heartbreaker, 26-24

    Championship games are often remembered for big plays.

  • Midway captures Clinch Valley title

    The Midway Middle School Green Wave officially became the Clinch Valley Conference Class A champs Thursday with a 14-0 win over Oakdale.

  • East Tennessee Sportswriters Poll

    CLASS 1A

    1. Greenback (8-1) 69 (13 1st place votes)

    2. Coalfield (7-1)  57 (1)

  • Roane looks at ‘pauper burials’

    A resolution that asks Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” is on the agenda for the commission’s meeting today – Monday.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county has been paying Davis Funeral Home in Harriman to cremate “indigents” at the request of Medical Examiner William Bennett.
    “Various commissioners have asked why have we paid one funeral home and the other ones may have had indigents, too, and they’ve not been given that same opportunity,” Woody said.  

  • Councilman has dreams for Kingston

    Think of Kingston City Councilman Don White as a sort of salty country-boy version of Frank Sinatra, with strains of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most famous recording lilting in the background.
    “Just like that song “My Way”,” said White, relaxing in the sunroom of his comfortable home off West Race Street. “I’ve done my whole life that way—my way.”