Local News

  • Building inspection crunch taxes city

    Kingston’s fire chief went to the City Council workshop this week with an armload of blueprints for a new insurance office.

    “These are just for the retaining wall,” Willie Gordon lamented, rattling the big sheets of paper for the Farm Bureau insurance building going up at the corner of Kentucky and Spring streets.

    His point wasn’t lost on council members.

    Gordon has, since 2001, been wearing two occupational hats. Along with his fire chief duties, he also acts as the city’s building inspector.

  • Rockwood may add to its parks

    A new park may be coming to downtown Rockwood at the corner of Rockwood Street and Wilder Avenue.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller approached Rockwood City Council about a proposed park with a pavilion, bathrooms and a stage across from the existing Rockwood Electric Utility location.

    “You could have all kinds of events here. You have plenty of parking here ...”Miller said.

    He also suggested building a small bridge to cross the creek on the property so walkers could more easily access a nearby walking trail.

  • Roane makes another push against local big-cat rescue

    Tiger Haven is once again in the crosshairs of the Roane County Commission.

    It will consider a resolution on Monday that urges the Tennessee General Assembly to pass a law requiring animals housed at Tiger Haven to be implanted with microchips.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary in East Roane County that houses lions, tigers, leopards and cougars.

    The facility has been the focus of ire from some commissioners for years.

  • County to help on bridge to animal shelter

    The city of Rockwood has asked Roane County to pay matching funds to repair a bridge leading to the county animal shelter.

    “If you are unable to provide the full amount, which is estimated to be approximately $6,000, I feel certain the Council would welcome any amount you feel you could support,” City Administrator Becky Ruppe wrote in a Jan. 9 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    Woody took the issue before the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee last week. Members voted to contribute $3,000.

  • Animal advocates to organize

    A group of passionate animal advocates will be remembering Max, an allegedly neglected dog that died last month, and looking at ways to help other animals in the area.

    A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Animal advocate Hope Gibson asks that everyone interested in attending “think about your personal interests,” whether that be serving in a pet food pantry, working to spay/neuter pets, delivering dog houses, organizing a neighborhood pet watch, education or helping with rescues.

  • Book looks at myth, reality of Sgt. York story

    University Press of Kentucky author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2015 William E. Colby Award  for his book “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.”

    Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs.

    The award includes a $5,000 author honorarium.

  • Students, family enjoy Bingo night
  • HPD concentrates on DUI danger zone

    By Cindy Simpson and Kaitlin Keane

    Harriman Police Department didn’t net any drunk drivers last week during its DUI checkpoint Friday, but a number of arrests for other violations did occur.

    “We issued four adult seat belt tickets and three child restraint tickets. No arrests for DUI, but we consider it successful because of the seat belt tickets and the deterrent of letting people know we are working hard to stop DUI offenders,” said Assistant Police Chief Kenney Humphrey.

  • Late Roane budget criticized

    The late date that the Roane County Commission approved its last budget was frowned upon by the state.

  • Feds want to add to gas tax

    State officials aren’t the only ones looking at a gas tax hike. Federal officials are considering one as well.

    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota spoke about the issue on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace last month.

    “I think we have to look at all the options,” said Thune, a Republican and chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.