Local News

  • Roane workers certified administrators

    Roane County government employees Lori Butler, Carol Maines, Amber Cofer and Kenny Clinton were recently honored as Certified Public Administrators at a Capstone event at Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro.

    To achieve the designation, a participant must complete 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program.

    The program is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and is available to every county official and county employee in the state.

  • THP investigating fatal crash involving submerged vehicle

    Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators are being called in to Kingston to look into a Wednesday crash that resulted in one vehicle's complete submersion at Kingston City Park.

    The Critical Incident Response Team is on its way to Kingston to investigate, authorities at the site said. One person has been confirmed dead.

    See RoaneCounty.com and Friday's issue of the Roane County News for updates.

  • Minutes matter in wheel-tax vote

    In Tennessee, governmental bodies speak through their meeting minutes.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody expressed concerns about an upcoming wheel tax referendum because the Board of Education minutes didn’t speak clearly about its building program.

    “We’re concerned now looking at what’s on the ballot,” he told the Roane County Planning Commission last month.

    The school board met in regular session on April 19. During that meeting, there was a lengthy discussion about the building program.

  • Mother said to drive with tot on lap

    A mother was arrested last week for allegedly driving with her nine-month-old son in her lap.

    Lynette Swords, 29, is charged with child endangerment in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood police were dispatched to the area on Roane State Highway on Aug. 30 to investigate a report about a possible intoxicated driver with a small child in a Ford Explorer. Officer Chris Kennedy stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Tedder and Front.

  • REU may go into broadband business

    A group determined to expand broadband internet access in Roane County is looking at Rockwood Electric Utility as a possible solution.

    Dayle Beyer and her husband Tony, as well as Roane County Commissioners Ron Berry and Darryl Meadows, approached REU about exploring the possibility of partnering with others to expand broadband in areas without it in rural Roane County.

  • Tarwater Street paving closer to being a reality

    Rockwood officials are closer to a solution to the water and paving issues troubling Tarwater Street residents.

    Rockwood City Council was given some options regarding repairs that would help with the issue at their meeting last month. Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller told the Council help for those residents is a long time coming.

    “I would like for you all to drive down there and look at that road and look at the drainage problem,” he said.

    “The people down there are looking for relief, and I don’t blame them.”

  • Ex-lawyer says he was theft victim

    Disbarred Harriman attorney Kent Lowery Booher claims he was a victim of a crime. According to an incident report, Booher showed up at the Rockwood Police Department on Aug. 25 and claimed a woman stole $118 from him. He claimed he loaned the woman the money so she could purchase her medication. The woman, according to the report, promised to pay Booher back but didn’t.

    “This case will be investigated further by reporting officer and issue warrants if the evidence shows any merit,” Rockwood Police Sgt. Randy Heidle said in the report.

  • ARRESTS:June 10-27

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 10 – Kevin Delaney Limburg, 45, violation of community supervision where violation is also a felony, driving on revoked/suspended license, criminal impersonation other than law enforcement. 
    • Timothy Ray Ryans, 57, attachment for contempt/nonsupport.
    • Jonathan Darrell Edwards, 34, court hold only.
    • Sabrina Ann Thompson, 29, failure to appear.