Local News

  • SOR murder case not sent to the grand jury

    The murder case against Jenny Michelle Parton wasn’t presented to the Roane County grand jury during last month’s session.

    Parton, 44, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robert Rosado III.

    They lived together at a residence South of the River.

    Parton allegedly shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun on March 15. His death was ruled a homicide by Knox County Chief Medical Examiner Darinka Mileusnic.

  • Kingston considers food truck regulations Tuesday

    On Tuesday, July 9, Kingston City Council will consider on first reading an ordinance allowing the permitting and regulation of mobile food vendors in the city, including food trucks, food trailers and ice cream trucks.

    Council will also authorize a proclamation honoring Harold Dewitt Johnson and declaring July 9, 2019 as “Harold Dewitt Johnson Day.”

  • Harriman, Kingston Lions meet in joint meeting

    The Harriman and Kingston Lions Clubs gathered for a joint meeting recently to install new officers and honor valued members.

    Brandon Johnson, Lions District Governor for East Tennessee, shared his own story about how the Lions had impacted his life and the lives of others.

    Shortly following the fires in Gatlinburg he was able to raise $10,000 in relief funding in just one night through the efforts of fellow Lions.

    “We are the volunteer district so we have to step up,” he said.


    By Richard Evans

    Harold Dewitt Johnson, one of the most decorated veterans in Roane County, was honored Wednesday for his service.

    “I feel honored and humbled. I’m appreciative, it’s something that means a lot to me. I don’t feel like I’m any more deserving than anyone else but it’s been a privilege to serve my country,” Johnson said.

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  • Jail cost to cause tax hike

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee is recommending a property tax rate increase of 11 cents for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    Ten cents is earmarked for debt service and 1 cent is for the volunteer fire departments.

    Director of Accounts and Budgets Connie Aytes said a county-wide penny of property tax generates $121,000 and the rural penny generates $76,000.

    “The property tax didn’t grow like we’d hoped,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

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  • Harriman tax rate to stay same

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman residents are not expected to see a property tax increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

    “We’re not looking at a tax increase. We’re looking at maybe going after a sales tax increase again down the road but probably not right now,” said Mayor Wayne Best following the first hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, held Monday morning at city hall.

  • New law upsets sex offenders

    A law that took effect July 1 has some sex offenders fighting the state in federal court.

    The new legislation makes it a felony for a sex offender to knowingly reside, spend the night, or be alone with their minor child if the offender has been convicted of a sex crime involving an unrelated minor under the age of 12.