Local News

  • 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.

  • Rockwood to discuss image-repair funds

    Rockwood could be finalizing what the city wants to use its $100,000 in public-image-repair money from TVA.

    “I’m still researching it and trying to come up with it. I’ve gotten some things in mind that would better our city,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Miller will present his proposals and discuss other ideas with Rockwood City Council at a 5 p.m. special called meeting today, Wednesday, Feb. 4.

    He did have a few ideas already, however.

  • Yager a busy bill sponsor in legislature

    Bills haven’t been flying out of state Rep. Kent Calfee’s office this legislative session.

    According to the Tennessee General Assembly’s website, Calfee had sponsored no bills as of Tuesday morning.

    That’s not the case with state Sen. Ken Yager.

    The website showed Yager sponsoring seven bills as of Tuesday morning.

  • Fire’s cause may never be known

    Harriman officials may never know what started the Jan. 8 fire that destroyed the home of the former Miller & Brewer Department Store.

    “As of right now, the fire has been ruled as an undetermined fire,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “That much fire with that much heat — the chances of finding something is going to be slim to none,” the chief added. “That is the reason we are looking at undetermined.”

    Goss said steel beams in the building were warped by the intense heat.

  • Accused killer seeking fifth attorney

    Already on his fourth attorney, Shawn Smoot wants another one.

    Smoot, jailed on a first-degree murder charge, filed a handwritten motion in Roane County Criminal Court on Jan. 28 asking the judge to remove attorney Stanley Barnett as his defense counsel.

    “I don’t have any comments on that right now,” Barnett said Friday. “That will be dealt with at the motions hearing.”

    Barnett was appointed to represent Smoot last July after his third attorney, Tom Slaughter, was allowed to withdraw because of a conflict.

  • Friday Fit Club blazing trails in Kingston park

    Former Olympian and East Tennessee personality Missy Kane is exploring the trails and walkways of Roane and Anderson counties in a new Covenant Health program called Friday Fit Club.

    Last month, those interested in the walk/hiking group met at its first planning meeting at Methodist Medical Center and walked the Melton Hill Greenway afterward.

    On Friday, they were at Kingston City Park’s walking trail around the lakefront, named after former Councilwoman Betty Brown.

  • ‘It’s not just those people’: Town hall meeting brings Rx drug overdoses home

    The 17 people who Dr. William Bennett said died last year from prescription drug overdoses in Roane County weren’t forgotten at a town hall meeting last month.

    Yellow and black police tape was affixed to empty chairs in their remembrance.

    “It’s here,” Bennett said about the prescription drug abuse issue. “It’s in Roane County. It’s a terrible problem.”

  • Woman key to Roane pill ring found guilty

    A Georgia woman accused of running a pill mill operation in Chattanooga was convicted by a federal jury last month.

    Barbara Lang, also known as Aunt Bea, was found guilty on 21 of 31 counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, maintaining a drug-involved business and structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

    Her trial at the federal courthouse in Chattanooga lasted 25 days and featured testimony from more than three dozen witnesses.