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  • 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.

  • Sept. focuses on suicide prevention awareness

    The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and its allies in the public health, mental health, and social service fields are joining forces to recognize September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

    During this annual observance, the Network and its allies arrange several educational and memorial events to help teach the general public about the problem of suicide and how it can be prevented.

  • DUI suspect accused of crashing into police cruiser

    A Rockwood man was arrested last week after he allegedly crashed into a parked Rockwood Police Department cruiser.

    James R. Pelfrey, 63, is charged with driving under the influence, due care and no insurance.

    According to a police report, Officer Chris Marney was dispatched to a traffic accident at 307 N. Front Ave. around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 29.

  • Rockwood puts towers on hold

    Rockwood is putting a hold on the location and construction of wireless telecommunication towers after receiving some interest.

    “The reason we are putting this on there is because we are starting to have some interest in people wanting to put up some of these things …” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    The Rockwood City Council approved a 120-day moratorium on the placement of such towers so city officials have time to consider zoning regulations specifically pertaining to the towers.

  • Harriman due to finalize city budget

    Harriman will consider second and final reading of its fiscal year 2019 budget at the Harriman City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 4.

    No property tax rate increase is in the proposed budget. The current tax rate of $1.22 per $100 valuation will remain the same.

    “What few items that have come up they may want to add to the budget they will probably address during discussion on the agenda,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Ferguson fishing rodeo to beat the heat in October

    Dennis Ferguson has picked Oct. 6 as the date for his annual fishing rodeo.

    “It’ll still be a good time to fish,” he said Wednesday. “We’re looking for a good crowd. We think it’ll be a good crowd for the kids to come out.”

    This is the 28th year of Ferguson’s fishing rodeo. Last year it was held on Sept. 23, the second day of fall. Ferguson said he moved the event from its summer roots over concerns about hot weather. That was also the reason he gave for having this year’s rodeo later than usual.

  • Chimney sweep charged with burning clients

    A Kingston businessman’s legal troubles didn’t get better following his March arrest on theft charges.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jody Lynn Starnes on March 20 on two theft of services warrants taken out by Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile.

    When the Roane County grand jury met in June, it returned an indictment against Starnes on eight counts of theft of property.

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