Today's News

  • Stockton has thousands for ’18 sheriff’s bid

    The 2014 campaign didn’t break Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    His third-quarter campaign financial disclosure statement shows he finished the race with $17,651.98 in cash on hand.

    “I had a good group of people helping me for the right reasons,” Stockton said.

    “They felt like I had done a decent job as sheriff, and they wanted to see me win again,” he added.

    Stockton captured 74.24 percent of the vote in his victory over Jared Hall in the Aug. 7 election.

  • County commissioner Ellis paid $585 for political consultation

    One of Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s campaign expenditures in the third quarter was a $585 payment to District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis for political consulting.

    Ellis downplayed his role in the campaign that saw Stockton defeat challenger Jared Hall in a landslide.

    “I really don’t do political consulting,” Ellis said. “We did a robo call for him, and I just went online and set it up for him.”

    Ellis said he had experience with robo calls from one of his own political campaigns.

  • Man with 5 DUIs under indictment in fatal crash

    A Rockwood man allegedly involved in a fatal car wreck in 2013 was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Johnny Ray Foland is charged with DUI sixth offense, implied consent violation, driving on a revoked license fourth offense, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and aggravated vehicular homicide.

    The fatal wreck occurred on Eagle Furnace Road on Aug. 19, 2013, and resulted in the death of 54-year-old Teri L. Stephenson of Rockwood.

  • Kingston Police Department to start accreditation process

    Kingston City Council has given the go-ahead for the city police department to seek accreditation.

    Accreditation would be a feather in the cap for both the city and Kingston Police Department, led by Chief Jim Washam.

    Accreditation signifies that a department is keeping up with the changing times in law enforcement, employing up-to-date equipment and methodologies and meeting high standards in its policies and practices.

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  • Harriman manager ‘historic’ move

    Kevin Helms, the former city manager of Oak Hill near Nashville, has been offered the same job for Harriman.

    Harriman City Council voted to approve a contract for Helms to be its first city manager at its special-called meeting Tuesday.

    “I’m excited about moving forward,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    “It is a historic moment for the city of Harriman, and I think it is the right way to go ...” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.

    Some council members did squabble with the price of bringing Helms there.

  • New director for county’s ambulance department

    Timothy W. Suter, a paramedic with Rural/Metro in Knox County, has been hired to serve as Roane County’s ambulance director.

    “We’ve just kind of been limping along here for a while, so we were ready to make this decision,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Roane County hasn’t had someone whose sole responsibility has been to serve as ambulance director since Gloria Wright was removed from the position three years ago. Howie Rose and Scott Stout each oversaw the service, but had other duties for Roane County.

  • Kingston expects tight belts at TDOT

    Kingston City Council signed off on the state’s Roane County Major Thoroughfare proposal at its October council session.

    But what the plan will mean for Kingston is still an open question.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said the Tennessee Department of Transportation has been looking at long-term road issues for counties all over the state. TDOT representatives recently made a 30-minute presentation to local officials, based on a “very detailed study.”

  • Physician’s assistant faces drug charges

    A Knox County physician’s assistant was arrested following a traffic stop in Roane County last week.

    Joe M. Braden is charged with manufacturing/possession of a controlled substance for resale, possession of marijuana and DUI.

    His address was listed 7701 Corryton Road in Corryton — also the address for Braden Family Medicine.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes received a call about a possible drunk driver on Interstate 40. Mayes said the vehicle was driving in the middle of the road.