Local News

  • Likely no tax hike in Rockwood

    It looks like Rockwood property owners won’t be facing a tax increase in the city’s next fiscal year.

    “I don’t think we’ll need a tax increase at all,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    “We have been able to do all these projects and improve our town without a tax increase,” he added. “That is a tribute to our City Council and all our employees.”

    The city may consider buying two new police cars in the upcoming budget, which would mean four new vehicles in the fleet.

  • Riverfront Park cameras going up this week

    Work to begin installing the new security cameras as David Webb Riverfront Park will start this week.

    Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey said the company will be at the park on Monday.

    “They’ll begin putting some of the infrastructure in place,” he said.

    Originally the intention was to put public Internet access into the park as well, however, the city hit a snafu and cannot offer that at this time.

    Humphrey said Comcast could not do what they needed at the park so the city is instead going to use Verizon.

  • Turkey hunt over: Cannon nabbed for Mother's Day pursuit

    The man accused of leading Rockwood police on a high speed chase on Mother’s Day was arrested last week.

    Donald Cannon, who is also known by the nickname Turkey according to police, is charged with driving on a suspended license, speeding, reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and a seatbelt violation.

    According to the report about the Mother’s Day incident, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich clocked Cannon traveling 22 miles over the 40 mph speed limit on South Gateway Avenue.

  • Updated look for Roane info kiosks

    The Roane Alliance has refreshed the look of the information kiosks that provide information for tourists and visitors to Roane County.

    The visitor informa-

    tion kiosks, located off the Midtown exit beside Pattersons Appliances and at

    The Roane Alliance off

    the Kingston exit, give

    visitors a chance to pick

    up information, discover attractions and find

    their way around the county.

  • Public input sought on Clinch reactor at NRC Kingston meetings on Tuesday

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with the public in Kingston on Tuesday to discuss TVA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Early Site Permit application for the nearby Clinch River site.

    TVA is seeking resolution of safety and environmental issues related to a potential small modular reactor at the site, approximately five miles southwest of Oak Ridge

  • Rockwood touted for Small City Progress

    The city of Rockwood is being honored with the Small City Progress award by the Tennessee Municipal League.

    TML said the city is receiving the award in honor of the cooperative effort of city officials to reduce blight, increase energy efficiency, improve city services and enhance local recreation opportunities.

    “I just think we have made a

    lot of improvements we are start-ing to see come together. This wouldn’t be happening without our people —I’m talking about our workers,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Exec says meeting notice not sufficient: Significance of BOE sessions a timing issue

    Before becoming Roane County executive, Ron Woody spent years as a consultant for the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.

    One of the things he dealt with in that job was adequate notice for public meetings.

    “In my opinion, it’s a reasonable-person standard,” Woody said. “What would a reasonable person think?”

  • Lower school plan cost?

    The Roane County Board of Education has scheduled a 6 p.m. work session on Monday “for the purpose of discussing the high school building program site and potential savings to the project cost,” according to a public notice the school system sent out.

    The notice, which was sent out on Thursday, also said a special-called meeting will follow the work session.

    The purpose of the meeting, according to the notice, is “to amend the proposed cost of high school building program.”

  • Free computer classes June 9 at Kingston library

    Two free computer classes will be offered June 9 in Kingston Public Library.

    A Microsoft Word class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Though the class will focus on a résumé as a project, the information to be shared will give a general knowledged about Word.

    The second class, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on using the “insert” and “page layout” menus of Microsoft Word.

    No registration is necessary.

  • Details emerge about pill ring

    More details have been uncovered in last month’s large pill and cash seizure. According to a May 24 press release issued by the District Attorney General’s Office, pills, guns, body armor, illegal steroids, a cash-counting machine and more than $38,000 in cash was seized at a residence South of the River on May 21.

    A narrative filed in a forfeiture case reveals how the residence got the attention of authorities.