Today's News

  • Man jailed for string of burglaries

    A Rockwood man didn’t wait very long after being arrested for theft before being arrested again for the same offense.

    Rockwood police said Alex Shane Watts, accused in a string of burglaries, was first arrested on the morning of Saturday, May 7.

    He then made bail and and was arrested again the following day, accused of additional burglaries after his release from jail on Saturday.

    According to Roane County Jail records, Alex Shane Watts, 35, of Rockwood, was arrested and booked into the

  • Mullins pays taxes

    Road Superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has addressed an issue that hounded him during the previous election.

    “I’ve paid those taxes,” he said on Monday.

    Mullins owed more than $80,000 in unpaid property taxes and penalties in 2012, county records showed at the time. Records now show that he owes a few hundred dollars, though he insists he doesn’t owe anything.

  • Harriman police, fire take safety talks door to door

    A fire truck and police cars in a Harriman neighborhood might not be a sign of a neighbor’s misfortune.

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Police Department are teaming up to visit members of the community to talk about safety, from smoke alarms to ways to discourage burglaries and encouraging interest in watching out for each other.

    “I’m hoping to have the Neighborhood Watch program so strong in the city of Harriman that just about every neighborhood has some type of watch,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Some Roane educators calling it a career

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes has been to a lot of retiree receptions at the Roane County bus garage over the years.

    Last week’s was different, however, because this time, Aytes was one of the retirees.

    “It’s been a great pleasure of mine to be associated with you,” he told the crowd.

    Twenty-five retirees were recognized at the ceremony, though not all attended.

    One who did was J. Kathy Brummitt, a special education teacher at Harriman Middle School.

  • Rockwood eyeing concerts to generate revenue

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed an unusual way to generate revenue during a called workshop last week to discuss the 2016-17 city budget.

    Near the end of the meeting, he suggested the city mull hosting concerts at the sports complex named for him.

    “I would like for us to consider using $10,000 [from an expected $38,000 budget surplus] to start having entertainment at the recreation park,” he said.

  • Increase possible down the road for Harriman

    Harriman City Council will likely not consider a budget this year with a property tax increase.

    “It is still kind of early, but my feeling would be we will try to make a presentation without a tax increase,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    He was quick to add, however, the city will need to find somewhere to grow revenue in the near future, whether that is through a proposed local sales tax increase that will be on the ballot in November or a property tax increase.

  • Kingston kicks in reserves money to balance budget

    Unlike last year’s unforeseen delay, the city of Kingston is already close to passing its upcoming year’s budget.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling and city fiscal officer Carolyn Brewer have been working on the city’s 2016-17 $7.567 million proposed budget, which calls for no tax increase.

    Council voted 5-2 to pass on first reading the proposed $7.567 million 2016-17 budget during the regular monthly meeting earlier this month.

  • Curious about the Obed’s park status?

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a ranger program on how the Obed became a national park in 1976.

    This unique program will be begin at 1 p.m. May 28 inside the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wartburg.

    The talk will focus on the various grassroots efforts from area citizenry, which persuaded Congress to preserve the Obed. It will include a discussion on the role of TVA in the park’s 40-year history.

    Immediately following the talk, the park film, “The Obed: Find Yourself Here,” will be shown.

  • It was a happy, filling Cinco de Mayo at Los Primos

    In May 2015, my wife, Carol, and I celebrated Cinco De Mayo with our friends, Jimmy and Luci Bell, by having lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

    It was a last-minute idea, and I had previously written an “Out to Lunch” article about the restaurant. So I got to enjoy our lunch on the outdoor patio, under an umbrella, without table-hopping for information to write an article.

    This year I planned ahead and invited the Bells to meet us at Los Primos in Harriman for a Cinco De Mayo “Out to Lunch“ adventure. They have been part of previous articles.