Local News

  • Kingston tosses tax increase

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed on second and final reading a fiscal year 2019-2020 budget that will not require a tax increase.

    Water and sewer rates will also not require an increase under the budget approved this week.

    Balancing the budget was made possible by the unexpected notification that the city would be the recipient of more than $80,000 in sales tax revenue.

    Vice Mayor Tara Stockton said she was glad the council was presented with the opportunity to pass a budget with no tax increase.

  • County Commission honors Polk Cooley

    Late Rockwood attorney Polk Cooley loved to keep up with what his government was doing.

    Earlier this week his government honored him for his distinguished law career and the pride he showed in his community.

    “He’s truly a Rockwoodian,” Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry said. “He’s truly a Roane Countian.”

    The Commission met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 12, and passed a resolution honoring Cooley’s legacy.

  • Kids are ‘for the birds’

    A Good Samaritan reportedly came to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted in Rockwood.

    The incident happened on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Sgt. Jared Hall responded to the Subway restaurant on North Gateway Avenue to investigate a domestic situation.

    “I went to the Subway and spoke to Sara Beth Thomas, who told me her boyfriend, Carl Holm came to her work at Subway and started a physical fight with her,” the report said.

  • Roane Commission does not need a redo on budget vote

    It doesn’t look like the Roane County Commission will have a do-over on its 2019-20 budget vote despite some questions about how it was approved during a special-called meeting last month.

    “I didn’t have any concerns with it,” County Executive Ron Woody said after Monday’s regular Commission meeting.

    “Legitimate questions and I thought they were answered.”

    Initially, the budget failed as amended 9-6 during the special-called meeting on July 29.

  • Manis pleads in assault of an officer case

    The man accused of shooting at Harriman police in 2016 entered a guilty plea in Roane County Criminal Court last week.

    Nathan Manis, 31, was facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of felony reckless endangerment.

    He reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment. The remaining two charges were dismissed.

  • FEMA checks out storm damage

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms updated the city council Tuesday evening concerning the effort to acquire reimbursement from FEMA for the damage to city infrastructure incurred during the flooding in February.

    Helms said he spent five hours Monday with FEMA representatives touring the areas of the city that suffered damage during the flooding.

  • A familiar face leads Harriman rec department

    By Richard Evans

    Charlie Jones was hired as the new parks and recreation director for the city of Harriman last week.

    His first day on the job was Friday.

    “I’m excited about it. It’s a great opportunity to come back and help serve the people I worked for and with for 27 years,” Jones said.

    Jones ran the Sears store in Harriman for 27 years — one of four Sears he’s managed in his business career.