Local News

  • Three apply for criminal court judge

    Porsche Lyn Shantz and Walter B. Johnson joined Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks as applicants for the criminal court judge vacancy in the 9th Judicial District.

    Johnson is an assistant public defender and Shantz is a staff attorney for the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

    E. Eugene Eblen, the district’s current criminal court judge, is retiring at the end of the year.

    The deadline to submit applications for the seat was originally set for Sept. 1.

  • Time for businesses off tax rolls to pay up

    Roane County will try to collect some of the property tax revenue that was forgone due to new construction not being picked up by the assessor’s office.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said Property Assessor David Morgan recently provided her office with information that allowed it to bill the property owners for the 2014 tax year.

    “They have 60 days to pay without penalty,” Eblen said.

    Eblen said her office has received calls from some of the property owners that bills have been sent to.

  • 6-year-old burn victim airlifted
  • 4-wheeler frenzy ends with ATV ramming cruiser

    Rockwood police pursued a man on a four-wheeler Saturday evening that ended when the four wheeler hit the back of a patrol car.

    Two police cruisers hemmed in a four-wheeler when the front vehicle, driven by Officer Rick Thomas, slowed down for oncoming traffic.

    The four-wheeler then rear-ended Thomas’ vehicle, police reports said.

    The passengers on the four-wheeler, Joshua E. Britton and Dustin L. Norton, were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises.

  • TCI recertifies Roane County Jail

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton enjoyed his trip back from Nashville on Sept. 2.

    He attended the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control meeting, where its members recertified the Roane County Jail.

    “That will secure our certification for another year,” Stockton said. “I’m very grateful they were lenient with us.”

    If the jail continues to have problems with overcrowding year after year, Stockton said he’s not sure if the leniency will last.

  • Miller & Brewer block demolition delayed a bit

    The buildings in Harriman’s Miller & Brewer block of Roane Street will be soon coming down.

    A timeline for the project showed demolition of the remaining structures was supposed to start this week, or immediately after Labor Day, with completion estimated to be Oct. 31.

    “The last update I received indicated that it would begin on Monday,” Sept. 14, Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • Kirkham seeks tax appeal on Pinnacle Pointe center holdings

    Businessman Steve Kirkham is looking for consistency on his Pinnacle Pointe properties.

    He told the Roane County Board of Equalization that’s why he’s appealing one of them where the value increased by $100.

    “It went from $1,000 to $1,100,” he said during an appeals hearing Tuesday morning.

    “I’m sitting there thinking, Steve just keep your mouth shut on this, but then I say, well, it’s a 10-percent increase.”

  • West Roane VFD needs matching funds, volunteers

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is raising matching funds for a grant to replace one of their aging vehicles.

    The grant will enable them to replace their 1987 GMC Top Kick Truck, which has more than 100,000 miles on it.

    “It will be for a tanker truck,” said West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine.

    Redwine said their tanker trucks are vital for the rural areas they serve without fire hydrants.

    The tanker trucks allow them to carry water to those areas to fight the fires.

  • Largen files suit against HUB for property issues

    Attorney Gerald Largen is continuing his legal efforts regarding the use of a strip of land he owns on Childs Road.

    He’s already suing the city of Harriman in ongoing litigation about the legality of the city’s decades old annexation proceedings. In July of this year, he filed another suit against the city, doing business as the Harriman Utility Board, a subsidiary of the city.

    This time it’s for a building built by the utility on a strip of land Largen said he owns fee title to.