Local News

  • County budget passes with no new taxes for school plan

    An anticipated addition to the Roane County budget for 2018-19 failed to materialize on Monday, when County Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the property tax rate the same for the coming fiscal year. A standing-room-only crowd attended the regular monthly meeting at the Courthouse in Kingston. While more than a dozen people spoke about the proposed $67 million school plan, Commission made no mention of it when it came time to vote on the property tax rate.

    “The votes just aren't there,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. 

  • Man accused of stuffing meat down pants

    A Harriman man allegedly tried to steal some meat from the Rockwood IGA by stuffing it down his pants.

    Police responded before he made it out of the store.

    The suspect, identified as Cecil Allen Conley, was cited for shoplifting.

    The incident happened on June 29.

    “Upon arrival, I spoke to store manager Roger Sharp who stated a white male had put two packages of meat down the front of his pants and handed a salt and pep-per set to a male child that was with him,” Rockwood Detective Dwayne Gray said in the report.

  • Former school board member killed by lightning

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill was struck by lightning and killed at his South of the River home Friday afternoon.

    “He had just finished mowing,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Massengill was struck around the same time a storm was moving through the area.

    “There was a decent storm that went through there with some lightning,” said Danny Gant, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown.

  • $67M school funding may come today

    The Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan isn’t on the agenda for today’s County Commission meeting, but Commissioner Darryl Meadows won’t be disappointed if it comes up.

    “I would like to deal with it sooner than later,” he said. “This issue has been kicked around for so long. Now is the time to consider it.”

    The agenda includes a resolution to approve the county budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year along with a resolution to set the property tax rates to fund that budget.

  • Revenue declining from hotel/ motel taxes

    Preliminary numbers indicate the hotel/motel tax revenue will be down for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    The county collected $96,368 in 2016-17. The current fiscal year ended on June 30. The final numbers weren’t immediately available, but through June 27, Roane County Director of Accounts and Budgets Connie Aytes said $76,554.87 was collected in hotel/motel tax.

    “You may want to ask the (Roane) Alliance that question,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, when asked why the hotel/motel revenue was trending downward.

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  • Grant puts Kingston dog park goal over the top

    Fundraising for a dog park in Kingston got a big boost with the announcement last week of a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation.

    The Dog Park Dash grant solicited by Outdoor Kingston and the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department will put fundraising efforts over the top.

    “We are about $15,000 over the original goal,” said Charles Elmore, chairman of the board for Outdoor Kingston.

    The park, to be known as Fort Paws, will be near Byrd Field adjacent to Kingston City Park.

  • Harriman making strides toward goals set in 2017

    Progress has been made on all the goals Harriman officials set for the city at last year’s strategic planning session, but work isn’t over.

    “I think it’s great. I think that is why we set the goals is to try to complete them. I try to touch base on them at least every other month with the Council to let them know where we are at and what we are doing,” Mayor Wayne Best said.

  • Man jailed for leaving kids home alone

    A Kingston father is facing charges of child abuse and neglect for allegedly leaving two children home alone.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Officer Adam Alkishawi responded to Apartment D at 306 Kelsey Drive on July 3. He was met by Jeff Clark when he arrived.

    “Mr. Clark advised that he was outside his residence around 7:30 a.m. and observed Mr. Phillip Partin Jr. getting in his vehicle and leaving his residence,” the warrant said. “Mr. Clark advised that he noticed that his two children were not in the vehicle with him.”