Local News

  • Harriman revisits cleanup around city

    On Tuesday evening, the Harriman City Council revisited an oft-discussed topic in recent meetings, cleaning up dilapidated properties in city.

    “I’ve been getting quite a few complaints lately about overgrowth, here in town … Mostly high yards and overhanging branches,” said Councilman Sam Russell.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said the street department is working on clearing overhanging branches on public property.

  • Hats off to Dr. Tedder

    Kingston City Council on Tuesday passed on first reading a 2019-2020 budget that will require a 17-cent property tax increase.

    The new tax rate of $1.62 per $100 of assessed value will mean that a taxpayer with a house valued at $100,000 will now pay about $42 more each year.

    The budget passed on a 5-2 vote with council members Tara Stockton, Stephanie Wright, Randy Childs, Rebekah Humphreys and Mayor Tim Neal voting for the budget.

    Councilwoman Stockton made the motion to put the budget to a vote.

  • SOR murder case heads to grand jury

    The murder case against a South of the River woman is moving forward.

    Jenny Michelle Parton is accused of shooting her boyfriend, Robert Rosado III, to death with a 12-gauge shotgun.

    The shooting occurred at a residence the two shared.

    The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “It was our opinion that the fatal round was fired from the porch area with the decedent being at the corner of the residence,” Detective Art Wolff testified during Parton’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

  • Harriman splash pad construction may start soon

    By Richard Evans

    Work on the long-awaited splash pad for the city of Harriman could begin soon.

    “We’re hopeful we’re very close to getting a contract on the Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    During the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Helms said there have been a great deal of messages back and forth between he and the Tennessee Department of Transportation concerning the grant.

  • Some Harriman residents to have outage June 22

    By Richard Evans

    Some Harriman Utility Board customers will experience a planned power outage Saturday, June 22.

    The outage, which should last about six hours, is scheduled to start between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, said Candace Vannasdale, general manager of HUB.

    “It’s going to affect a large portion of our electric system,” she said.

    Vannasdale said the outage is necessary to allow crews to replace part of the system.

  • Roane County Commission gives nod to $23 million jail expansion

    Despite some passionate opposition, the Roane County Commission voted 9-5 on Monday to move forward on a jail expansion project.

    The estimated price tag is $23 million – $22 million for the jail and $1 million for relocation and construction of a building and codes office.

    The codes office is currently located on a lot adjacent to the jail, but the property will be needed for the expansion.

  • Shoplifters busted by IGA owner

    A 63-year-old woman and a 76-year-old woman were arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to steal tomatoes and cheese at the IGA grocery store in Rockwood. According to the report, both had more than enough money to pay for the items.

    Officer Rick Thomas responded to the store on June 3 around 7 p.m. to investigate.

    He spoke with store owner Roger Sharp and the two suspects, Carolyn Cooper and Kathy Shirley, when he arrived.