Local News

  • 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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  • Harriman may raise court fees

    Harriman City Court defendants may be paying more in the future.
    Harriman officials discussed recently how the city court is not breaking even and the need to look at adjusting the fees.
    City Council members will be considering first reading of an ordinance to establish new court costs at Tuesday’s meeting.
    The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    “I left the amount blank so they could discuss it and decide what it should be,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Roane Alliance head steps down

    Wade Creswell has resigned his position as president/CEO of the Roane Alliance.

    Officials were notified via an email sent by Roane Alliance Chair Chris Whaley on Wednesday.

    “It is with sadness that I accepted Wade Creswell’s letter of resignation today as president and CEO of the Roane Alliance,” the email said. “Wade has accepted a position with a local company and his last day will be Friday, Sept. 21.”

    The identity of the company was unknown at press time.

  • Church van struck, driver flees

    From staff reports

    A man has been charged with rear ending the Walnut Hill Baptist Church van and fleeing the scene late Sunday afternoon.

    Harriman police issued warrants related to the crash against Timothy Braden, 32, of Oliver Springs.

    He is charged with third-offense driving on revoked, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, financial responsibility, and duty to give information and render aid.

    Harriman Officer Julie Parham responded to the crash at 413 N. Roane St. at around 5:55 p.m. Sunday.