Local News

  • Roane inmate busted getting drugs at park

    A Roane County inmate is accused of having friends deliver drugs to him while he was working with a crew at a park.

    Roane County Deputy Jessica West observed a maroon colored Ford Fusion parked at Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park on June 13. She saw an inmate, later identified as Jamie Reno, kneeling outside the passenger door of the Fusion.

    West reported that Angelleigha Qualls was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a female, later identified as Candy Qualls, was also inside.

  • BOE gets new OS estimates

    The Roane County Board of Education is planning to come up with a new estimate for its Oliver Springs project. The previous one wasn’t enough.

    “How did we get from one number to the next?” Board Member Sam Cox asked during a special-called meeting last week. “Enlighten me a little bit there.”

    Maintenance Supervisor Lee Maines said a lot of time has passed from the preliminary estimates till now.

  • Kingston takes a swing at batting cage facility

    Kingston plans to build a $40,000 indoor batting practice facility at Fort Southwest Point Park.

    Council on Tuesday approved the expenditure of $6,443.70 remaining from the TVA enhancement funding to go toward the construction of the facility.

    “It’s time to close out the account,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

    The Kingston funding will pay for the concrete pad for the building, said Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Chase Clem.

  • 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.