Local News

  • Certified tax rate ‘60 days out, at best’

    The fiscal year for Roane County ends on June 30.

    When the county might adopt a budget for the new one is still unclear.

    “We’re not going to be able to adopt a budget in June,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We know that.”

    That hasn’t stopped county officials from moving forward with the requirements to set a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Obstacles in cleanup keep maze in place

    Roane County may make progress this month in the cleanup of the old Miller & Brewer building site and demolition of remaining structures on that block.

    However, progress doesn’t mean people should look for falling buildings and heavy equipment just yet.

    County purchasing agent Lynn Farnham recently told Harriman City Council they were set to open bids June 4, but that doesn’t mean someone will be out there starting work on June 5.  

  • SUPREME DECISION: Watchful eye on same-sex ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated decision on same-sex marriage is expected sometime this month. Tennessee doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage so everything would probably stay the same if the court upholds the state law.  

    However, a ruling against the law would likely mean that two people of the same sex could walk into any courthouse in the state and get a marriage license.

  • Harriman tennis courts may find new life as a small practice ballfield

    It’s easy to blink and miss an old, worn set of tennis courts in South Harriman.

    Situated next to Drack’s Track, the ballfield at Harriman Police Department, the fields never got a lot of use and are now in disrepair.

    Councilman Wayne Best suggested a new use for them: Revamping them into a small practice field area for warm ups between games at the bustling ballfield.

    “The process is going to be fairly simple and fairly straighforward ...” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • A big welcome to Kingston


    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    New Kingston Library Director Steve Parrott, center, is welcomed to the community by Roane County Board of Education Member Vic King, right, and his wife, Nancy. The Kings were among those who had a chance to meet the new director during a Thursday open house.

  • Rockwood budget work put on hold

    Rockwood officials will likely operate the city on a continuing budget rather than pass first reading of a budget by July 1 for the 2016 fiscal year.

    Rockwood City Council was to consider Thursday a first reading of a budget presented by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Miller, however, decided to change course because of the uncertainty of the new certified tax rate with the ongoing countywide reappraisal.

  • DCS worker fired after assault charge

    Tom Hogan lost his job with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services following his arrest for an alleged domestic assault in Asheville, N.C.

    “I understand that he was sent a termination letter on May 13, 2015,” DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Hogan, who has a Harriman address, was arrested by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on May 13. Sheriff Jack Stockton said Hogan was wanted by the Asheville Police Department for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

  • Woman accused of threatening several with knife

    Kristen Hill, a 25-year-old Rockwood woman, is accused of pulling out a knife during a quarrel with a friend.

    The alleged incident happened earlier this month at 103 Meadows Place.

    According to the warrant, Amanda Riter told Rockwood police that Hill left the residence following an argument between the two.

    “Mrs. Riter said that her ex-husband had come to her residence to drop off their kids and he was going to watch the kids while she went to work at 11 p.m.,” the warrant said.

  • Doug Wilson’s legacy continues

    Pharmacist Doug Wilson made an impact on many young people.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously recognized his role in the lives of Rockwood’s youth by approving naming the Rockwood Community Center after Wilson, who died in early May.

    “He has done so much for so many kids over the years,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “He was just outstanding.”

    “He was so well thought of and just such a great guy. He gave a lot more than he ever got back,” said Miller.

  • Drug-awareness event set June 6 at Oak Ridge pool

    In partnership with the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition and others, the Oak Ridge Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks will be hosting its annual Drug Awareness Day at the Oak Ridge Municipal Pool on Saturday, June 6.

    The pool is at 172 Providence Road.

    Drug-awareness demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the pool area.

    Hundreds of prizes will be given away to those participating. Prizes include T-shirts, coloring books and Frisbees.