Local News

  • Commission making another attempt to fill Kelley vacancy

    The Roane County Commission will try again to fill the vacant seat in District 4.

    The seat became vacant when Steve Kelley passed away in February. His wife, Renee, and Roane County Sheriff’s Office bailiff Jerry White were nominated to fill the vacancy on April 9, but neither received enough votes to get the appointment.

    The next Commission meeting is May 14 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston. An election to fill the vacancy will again be on the agenda.

  • Get rid of outdated, unwanted medications during Take Back Day

    Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

    Area agencies will be participating in the event, which provides people with a place to drop off their unused and unwanted medication.

    “I think it makes a big difference,” Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Executive Director Sarah Harrison said. “It gives people a way to get rid of any unused medication that might potentially be abused.”

    The take-back event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Buck Creek crash leaves one dead

    A 51-year-old Oliver Springs woman is dead following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Buck Creek Road, Kingston.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that a Jeep driven by Teresa A. Breeden, whose address is listed as 244 Breeden Lane in Oliver Springs, was traveling east with a load of firewood near 690 Buck Creek Road when, at the crest of the hill, she lost control of the vehicle with the right side wheels going off the road.

  • Church-threat defendant racks up burglary charge

    The man who threatened to blow up a church last year allegedly barged into someone’s home on April 17.

    Police charged James Lombardo with aggravated burglary in the incident.

    “The victim (David Sims) said that James Lombardo had kicked the door of his residence located at 182.5 State St. and stole items,” Harriman Police Department Officer Logan Vitatoe wrote in the warrant. “David said that James kicked the front door in of his residence and stole one cellular phone, one house key and one box of change and miscellaneous items.”

  • Rockwood shaves $100,000 off price tag for fire truck

    Rockwood officials have been able to whittle down the estimate for a ladder-and-pumper-truck combination to the $800,000 price range.

    The original $900,000 cost was something that rattled Councilman Dudley Evans to begin with. He said he would like to see that number drop further.

    “I would like to see another $100,000 off this fire truck,” he said.

    However, he noted he is pleased with the warranties on the vehicles before voting on the spending resolution that includes the truck.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: K-14 system would broaden education for Roane kids

    In my opinion, the current proposal before the County Commission is not a building plan, nor a consolidation plan.

    It’s an education plan. Buildings and consolidation just happen to be a part of the plan.

    I’m not interested in arguing about which is better, a big school or a small school. You can find research to support both.

    I’m not interested in discussing what type of sports the students will be able to participate in.

  • School plan to go on ballot?

    Another Roane County commissioner is expressing support for a referendum on the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan. The latest is District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis.

    “There’s so much back and forth — and the people want to have a voice and vote on this,” he said Monday.

    The County Commission is scheduled to discuss the school board’s proposal during a work session at Roane County High School on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

  • 5th suspect in stabbing, shooting jailed

    A fifth suspect in the stabbing and shooting assault of a man on Margrave Drive is now in custody.

    Zakary Edward Perrine is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, criminal responsibility for attempted first-degree murder, criminal responsibility for especially aggravated robbery, criminal responsibility for especially aggravated kidnapping and criminal responsibility for aggravated assault.


    After only a little more than a year on the job, Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico suddenly resigned this weekend.

    “It has always been my goal to raise the Harriman Police Department to industry standards in professionalism and police work,” he wrote in a letter posted online Saturday.

    “Although there is still much to do, it has come time for a change in leadership. As such, as of midnight Sunday the 22nd, I have resigned my position as Chief of Police.”