Local News

  • Weigh in on county budget at hearing

    The public has an opportunity this week to weigh in on the county’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

    The County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A Budget Committee meeting and Commission work session will follow. All will take place at the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We always talk about the budget,” County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody told the Commission last week. “That’s your-all’s and my main responsibility – the financial affairs of the county.”

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  • Driver hits pole, gets DUI charge

    A suspected intoxicated driver crashed into a utility pole in Rockwood, the force of the crash causing the pole to snap.

    The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Noah E. Buff, is facing multiple charges in the incident, including DUI.

    According to the report, Rockwood Patrolman Chris Kennedy was dispatched to the 500 block of South Gateway Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on July 7 to investigate a one vehicle accident.

  • Roane Commission to go to electronic voting

    The Roane County Commission is planning to use an electronic voting system for meetings.

    “Everybody will either push yes, no or abstain,” Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said. “After we vote we’ll have a screen that shows how everybody voted.”

    Commissioners are supposed to receive training on the new system Tuesday, and it could be used for the first time at the Commission’s special-called meeting on July 29.

  • Whitestone, Pattersons partner on concert series

    Whitestone Inn in partnership with Pattersons Home Appliances has launched a Summer Concert Series with plans to make the series an annual event.

    The Voices of Lee kicked off the concert series on July 6, with many more Gospel favorites still to come: Wes Hampton, Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Martins, Adam Crabb and The Isaacs.

    Next up, Gordon Mote will take the stage on Aug. 3.

  • Man indicted for fake $100 bills

    A Philadelphia man was indicted last month for allegedly passing fake $100 bills at Zaxby’s restaurant in Harriman.

    Greston Roy Russell, 74, is charged with two counts of criminal simulation. A Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested him at his home on the charges on June 22.

  • Woman’s vehicle goes up in flames

    A Rockwood woman woke up Wednesday morning to get a drink and saw her vehicle burning in the driveway.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to 208 Dunlap Ave., at 5 a.m. to investigate a vehicle arson.

    “Once there, I spoke to Rockwood Fire Department employees who said the vehicle that was on fire appeared to be set by a unknown person,” the report said.

  • Mom faces child neglect for three tots

    A mother is in trouble after her three young children were allegedly found in the road by a passerby.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office were contacted and found the mother, identified as Latrisha Ann Cline, asleep in a nearby residence.

    Cline, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse and neglect.

    According to the report, deputies responded to the Swan Pond area around 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6.