Today's News

  • Chili time! Firehouse staple helps West Roane raise funds to help the community

    Chili is every bit as associated with firehouses as big red trucks and Dalmatians.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department served up some five-alarm chili recently that will eventually help fight five-alarm fires.

    The dinner at Grande Vista Bay clubhouse was a fundraiser for the department in an effort to come up with $10,166. That’s the amount required to receive a $213,000 grant that will purchase a new fire truck for the department.

  • Kingston Public Library: Check out new books

    New books at Kingston Public Library include:

    “After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel” by Linda Castillo

    “Armada: A Novel” by Ernest Cline

    “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    “The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal” by David E. Hoffman

    “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Ward

    “Devil’s Bridge (An Alexandra Cooper Novel)” by Linda Fairstein

  • It’s official: Tax rate $1 per $100 valuation in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council passed the city’s $1 per $100 valuation property tax last week.

    “It passed unanimously,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Officials are anxious to mail out tax bills to property owners.

    Rockwood offers a small discount to property owners who pay their taxes early. The bills are usually out by now, with the discounted period ending Oct. 31.

    Because of this year’s delay in bills, city officials recently approved giving residents more time.

  • Blow, blow, blow your boat

    Tiger Scout Jaden Garcia of Harriman takes a practice trip down the track at the annual Rain-gutter Regatta at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    He’s a member of Cub Scout Pack 103, which meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in Trenton Street Baptist Church, Harriman.

  • Bldgs.down, road closed

    Harriman’s block of Miller & Brewer buildings is down, and the next step will be backfilling the vacant lots on a slope.

    “We thought once they got started they’d get it down fast,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It is in their best interest.”

    A timeline estimates the project’s completion by Oct. 31.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said he’s not certain when the portion of Roane Street in front of the properties will be opened.

  • Feds fund drug court

    Roane County officials learned this month the county was awarded a $350,000 federal grant for its proposed drug court.

    “We hope it will help save a lot of people — that is No. 1,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Through our drug court we hope we can rehabilitate some of” our citizens.

    “We hope this will be successfully implemented, and we’ll see a positive impact in the community,” he added.

  • April Foust makes Rockwood VFW history

    Rockwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4782 appointed its first female commander last year.

    April Foust and her family have a lengthy history serving their country.

    “I’m third-generation Marine,” Foust said. “My father (Jonathan Foust), three of my uncles, my grandfather — all were in the Marines. I’m the first girl,” she said.

    “My son says he’s going to be a Marine. His Dad is a Marine.”

    It was important to Foust to serve as commander.

  • Rocky Houston appealing conviction

    Today – Friday – is a big one for Rocky Houston.

    His attorney, Steven R. Jaeger of Erlanger, Ky., is scheduled to appear before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to argue why Houston’s federal conviction should be overturned.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings plans to argue why it should stand. Each side gets 15 minutes.

    Houston was convicted of felony evading arrest in Roane County Criminal Court in 2010.

    Convicted felons are not allowed to possess firearms.


    It might not exactly be a trip to the country, but a trip to downtown Rockwood has that feel at Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    The church on West Rockwood Street has its own pumpkin patch for area residents.

    “I had heard about other communities doing this and thought it would be a great thing for our community,” Rockwood Christian Church Pastor Kara Foster said.

    “We’re in our sixth year, and this is a great place for people to buy their pumpkins. The community has really rallied behind it.”

  • Driver OK after truck crash

    The driver of a tractor trailer told the Tennessee Highway Patrol that he had no memory of running off the interstate on Monday.

    According to the report, 34-year-old Brandon D. Porter of Clarksville was traveling on I-40 East in Roane County when his 2003 Freightliner ran off the roadway and into a wooded area.

    “The vehicle continued traveling off the roadway and struck several small trees until it came to rest,” the report said.

    “There were no apparent signs of any braking.”