Local News

  • More than candidates on Nov. 4 ballot



    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said voters should easily be able to understand the constitutional amendments on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

    “It’s pretty straightforward,” he said about the wording.

    The amendments deal with abortion, the appointment of judges and a state income tax.

    Holiway said he suspects Amendment 1 – the one dealing with abortion – could draw the most interest.

  • Brummett again Commission chair



    District 4 Commissioner James Brummett will continue to serve as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was elected to the position for the fifth straight time on Sept. 8.

    “We’re serving 54,000 people, and it’s overwhelming that I’m selected to do that,” Brummett said. “It’s certainly an honor, and I take it as such.”

    The chairman’s compensation is $287.04 per commission meeting.

  • More graduating from high school in Roane County



    Roane County School’s graduation rate continues to rise.

    For the 2013-14 school year the district’s overall graduation rate was 92.57 percent, a slight increase over last year’s 92.5 percent.

    “Overall, our teachers are refusing to allow kids to fail,” said secondary supervisor Russell Jenkins. “We raised the expectations for our students.”

    Children are encouraged to not just get a zero and not do the work.

  • Child rape suspect’s trial set for Dec. 11



    A trial date has been set in John Paul Little’s child rape case.

    Harriman police arrested Little, 38, on Sept. 9, 2012, on one count of child rape. He faces a total of four counts of child rape because three more were added when his case was presented to the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 19, 2013.

    Little has a status hearing scheduled for Nov. 3, and his trial is scheduled for Dec. 11.

  • Harriman officials par down manager list; interviews to take place this week



    Harriman City Council members will get their first peek at candidates for city manager during phone interviews next week.

    The top 13 candidates will be interviewed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Roane Alliance in Kingston.

    Council selected The Alliance office because of its capabilities to do live video chat in its meeting space.

    Municipal Technical Advisory Service narrowed down the list of 46 candidates to those to be interviewed initially.

  • Volunteer Energy partners with gas firm

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative and Blossman Gas have entered a new partnership for VEC’s subsidiary company, VE Propane.

    Blossman Gas will serve as the propane service provider for the company. V

    E Propane has provided metered and bulk propane for VEC electric customers in Meigs, McMinn, Bradley, Hamilton, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties for several years.

    The metered propane service offered by VE Propane allows customers to have tanks filled with no up-front charge.

    Customers are billed monthly for the propane as they use it.

  • State House hopeful Kneiser says he’s picky about campaign donors



    State House District 32 Democratic candidate Joe Kneiser is still trying to put together a war chest with Election Day less than two months away.

    “I’m sending out letters all the time,” he said on Sept. 15. “Today, I sent out about 30.”

    According to the state’s campaign finance website, Kneiser has submitted two reports – one on July 2 and another on July 31. Both show that he raised $0. The next reports are due on Oct. 10.

  • Police arrest two on pot charges; one for ecstasy



    Samuel Foster, a 21-year-old Kingston man, was charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of ecstasy and marijuana on Sept. 14.

    According to the arrest warrant, Harriman police pulled Foster over for running a stop sign.

    “I observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the warrant said. “I asked Foster for and was denied consent to search the vehicle.”

    Mexx, a drug-sniffing canine, alerted police to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle.

  • Electric prices go up, based on TVA increases to utilities


    Both Rockwood Electric and Harriman Utility boards passed on TVA increases recently.

    The increases go in effect Oct. 1. 

    The TVA Board of Directors approved a 1.5 percent retail electric rate. The increase is estimated to cost an a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month about $1.70 a month. 

  • No one hurt in school bus mishap


    A Roane County school bus got stuck on Salem Valley Road earlier this month. 

    “It just looked like the driver got over too far,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. 

    Phillips and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton were on patrol South of the River when they came upon the school bus.