Today's News

  • School board ready to take audit finding over budget

    School officials remain prepared to take an audit finding if the Roane County Commission doesn’t approve a budget amendment that provides funding for a CTE counselor and an additional position in the business office.

    “If it’s not approved we take the audit finding because it will be an overspent category,” school system business manager Eric Harbin told the Board of Education last week.

    “Who will take the audit finding?” Board Member Rob Jago asked.

  • Elderly woman abused

    An elderly woman ended up in the hospital due to alleged abuse and neglect by her caretakers.

    Christopher L. Kennedy, 47, and Evelyn D. Kennedy, 47, are each charged with one count of physical abuse or gross negligence.

    The charges were filed by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Art Wolff. According to the warrant, 72-year-old Betty E. Crews was living in deplorable conditions at 141 Emory Heights Road, Harriman.

    “She resided with her caretakers, daughter Evelyn Kennedy and her husband Christopher L. Kennedy,” the warrant said.

  • Man shoots out of Nissan, but no ID forthcoming on the suspect

    A suspect reportedly fired eight shots out the window of a moving vehicle earlier this month. Rockwood police are investigating.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Patrolman Charles Haubrich was dispatched to 240 Black Hollow Road on May 10 to look into the incident.

    “When I arrived I spoke with the complainant, Mr. James McQuillen,” the report said.

  • Former attorney’s sex offender case reset

    The criminal case against former attorney Kent Booher has been reset.

    Booher was on last Tuesday’s Roane County General Sessions Court docket for charges of violation of the sexual offender registry and solicitation of a minor.

    The case against him was rescheduled to Aug. 20.

    Booher’s days as an attorney ended because of sex crimes. In 2014 he pleaded guilty on two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County.

    He was later disbarred by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Kingston votes to put bumpers on lake wall at Kingston City Park

    The Kingston City Council last Tuesday voted unanimously to purchase “bumpers” for the lake-wall at Kingston City Park.

    The bumpers, which will line the cement wall along the shore of Watts Bar Lake, will make it easier for the city to attract fishing tournaments, according to Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

    Wright said that following a recent fishing tournament organizers of the event told her some fishermen were reluctant to pull up along the seawall for fear of damaging their boats on the concrete wall.

  • Rockwood motorcycle recovered in Caryville

    Caryville police recovered a motorcycle reported stolen out of Rockwood.

    Timothy Alan Flynn contacted Rockwood police about his 1999 Honda CMX 250 last September.

    “Mr. Flynn stated on 9/3/18 he left the motorcycle and a black and yellow Fulmer helmet at a friend’s residence at 222 S. Church St., and went out of town to visit family for the holiday,” the report said.

    “Mr. Flynn said when he returned on the 4th, he noticed the motorcycle and helmet were gone from the side of the house where he left it.”

  • OS nabs one in burglaries

    By Richard Evans

    An Oliver Springs man is in custody facing multiple burglary and theft charges following an investigation by the Oliver Springs Police Department.

    Oliver Springs officers investigated a report of a vehicle theft on Sunday, May 12, and also investigated a burglary at Oscars Market, on Tuesday, May 14. Both incidents occurred on East Tri County Blvd.

    During the investigations, officers followed up on information which led to a suspect identified as Marcus Lively, 22, of Oliver Springs.

  • Tax rate may rise 11 cents

    Roane County may be looking at a property tax increase in the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioners learned how much this week.

    “Is that true? 11 cents?” Commissioner David Bell asked during Monday’s regular meeting at the courthouse.

    “Yes,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody responded. “That’s what’s come out of the budget committee so far.”

    Woody is the county’s fiscal agent and chairman of the budget committee. He provided a breakdown on what an increase of 11 cents would cover.