Today's News

  • Familiar face for last Council seat

    Kenyon Mee’s time off the Harriman City Council was short.

    He was recently appointed to fill the city’s final vacant Council seat.

    “I was wanting to stay involved and this came up,” Mee said.

    Mee was on the Council, but he didn’t seek re-election this year. His term ended on Aug. 31.

    The city had two Council vacancies when the new terms started on Sept. 1.

    One was created when Wayne Best, formerly a Councilman, was victorious in his bid for mayor.

  • Roane Tea party hoping to Trump governor

    Members of the Roane County Tea Party are unhappy with Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent comments about the presidential race.

    The governor, who is a Republican, issued a statement on Sunday that called for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to step aside in favor of running mate Mike Pence.

    “I’ve had people calling my house saying what the heck is the governor doing,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb said.

  • Head to Senior Bingo Blow-Out

    Area seniors are encouraged to turn out for a day filled with vendors, lunch, door prizes, a pumpkin patch, and bingo during the free Senior Bingo Blow-Out.

    The event is a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority, Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department.

    It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Highlights will focus on celebrity bingo callers, door prizes, pumpkin patch, senior-friendly vendors and lunch.

  • Kingston Council November session to be on a Monday

    Kingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting will fall on Election Day in November.

    That’s why the body voted Tuesday to meet one day early, on Nov. 7.

    Council discussed the conflict during its workshop earlier this month.

    Election Day is Nov. 8, and Council normally meets in regular session on the second Tuesday of every month.

    Not only will the presidential election be held that date, but Kingston City Council races will be that day as well.

  • OS driver racks up drug charges

    An Oliver Springs man was recently arrested and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and the manufacture/delivery/sale of both Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs.

    James T. Hooks was arrested Oct. 5 by Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham. He was also charged with failure to maintain a single lane, non-compliance with financial responsibility law, violation of registration law and possession of oxycodone hydrochloride and alprazolam, neither of which were in proper containers, according to the incident report.

  • Parents suing tavern owner

    Former Grill & Pub operator Grover Norton still faces litigation over a death that occurred outside his establishment more than five years ago.

    “We look forward to getting the case heard,” said Harriman attorney J. Scott McCluen, who represents Roy and Rebecca Harvey.

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.

  • Obesity, addiction among health issues

    Roane County is facing a range of health challenges from obesity to drug addiction, according to community leaders who gathered for a brainstorming session at Roane Medical Center Friday.

    The Roane Community Health Forum was organized to assess the most important health-related issues in Roane County, said Gary Young, director of community health at Covenant Health.

    The information gathered at the forum will be used to generate a report that should be published in early 2017.

  • From mayor to manager: Harriman’s Mason takes Oliver Springs town post

    Former Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has been chosen as the new town manager for Oliver Springs.

    In a 3-1 vote, the Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen chose Mason for the job Thursday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

    “I have a very high opinion of him and his capabilities,” Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe said Friday.

    The position had been vacant since the June 30 resignation of Becky Campbell.

    Cecil Crowe said it had been “a struggle to find someone with the qualities that we really wanted.”