Today's News

  • 'Round Rockwood: May 14

    May is Older Americans month. The 2012 theme is Never Too Old to Play.

    Spring is here, and planting the vegetable garden is progressing along very well in the small garden space we have here at Victorian Square.

    We will be planting tomatoes, green peppers, green onions and cucumbers soon.

    Later they will be harvested to be used in our kitchen by Gladys, our main cook.

    We want to welcome to Victorian Square our new residents, Jimmy Heidel from Oakdale, and Rhibie McCarty. I’m not sure where Rhibie is from.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 14

    Monday night was the last day of the tent revival that was held on the grounds of Jamieson Development Center.

    The Rev. Lionel Moore preached the last night. He preached from 2 Kings 2:8-18. Subject was Being at the Right Place at the Right Time.

    There was a nice turnout for each service.

    The Pastoral Banquet that was held at Jamieson Center Saturday evening for Pastor Jesse L. Williams was well attended.

    Mary Hickey provided the music, and Curtis Anderson was the master of ceremonies.

  • Kingston 9-cent tax hike over 1st hurdle

    Kingston City Council members approved the city’s proposed budget for fiscal 2012-13 on first reading last week, but not without some dissent.

    The budget proposal passed 4-1, with the lone dissenting vote coming from Councilman Kevin McClure.

    McClure also left his council seat for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting in order to speak out as a private citizen against the budget and its attendant tax increase.

    McClure was joined in his protest by a handful of other Kingston residents, including a few former city councilmen.

  • Count on math for a fun time


    Lots of counting — including using those handy fingers as an aid in solving problems — was the order of the day for Ridge View Elementary School’s recent Math Carnival. Games, prizes and activities centered around mathematical problems and reasoning. Students at the Rockwood school also performed skits covering such topics as mean, median, mode and range.

  • Kingston bank robbery suspect also accused in Indiana spree

    Billy Joe Dugard, the man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston, is also suspected of robbing banks in another state.
    According to a press release from the FBI, Dugard was arrested in Ohio on May 2.

    Ohio TV station ABC 6 had footage of Dugard being arrested, and reported that he was suspected of robbing banks in Indiana.

    “We’re kind of in the dark, too,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “We don’t know a lot of the details from up there.”

  • Developer: Market won’t support appraisal of Ladd Landing condo

    People are still contesting 2010 property values two years after Roane County’s last reappraisal.

    During  a Tennessee Board of Equalization appeal hearing last month, Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell and associate Robert J. Fletcher argued the 2010 value on a condominium owned by Marie Caldwell in the Kingston development was too high.

    The Roane County Property Assessor’s Office has it appraised at $437,100.

  • Higher taxes draw ire of ex-officials

    It may not have been the biggest target — not if you’re looking at the bottom line, at any rate.

    But it was certainly the easiest.

    And so a handful of Kingston residents — and even one non-resident — took their turns at the microphone at the beginning of last week’s City Council session, lobbying against a proposed 9-cent property tax hike, and what they perceived to be the chief culprit in that increase, the town’s new city hall project.

  • Taking it easy on a Cruise-In afternoon


    Bernie Nelso of Westel can be seen checking out the offerings at the season’s first Rockwood Cruise-In through his Huckster Van window. The low-key event was situated across Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

  • Gallaher boat ramp to be closed starting today

    Mofield Brothers Construction Co. LLC of Carthage, working under contract to Oak Ridge’s Public Works Department is working to complete the city’s water distribution system in the west end of Oak Ridge.

    Beginning the week of May 14, the group will be boring under the Clinch River between West Bear Creek Road in Oak Ridge and Culton Lane in Roane County.

    The boring will be for the purpose of installing a 12-inch-diameter high-density polyethylene water line.

  • Police chief’s daughter charged with burglary

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation of a burglary in which the daughter of Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan was arrested.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said Morgan asked him to have the TBI step in.

    A Morgan County General Sessions Court warrant said Morgan’s daughter, Caitlin Joanna Morgan, 20, of 1040 Lookout Ave., Oliver Springs, was arrested by Oliver Springs Sgt. David Laxton after he was called to a burglary in progress at 1115 Lookout Ave.

    Also arrested was Casey Gulley.