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Today's News

  • Police uncover alleged major pot grow operation

    An alleged marijuana grow operation was discovered at 105 Bailey Road, Kingston, on Wednesday.

    “People worry about meth, heroin and everything else, but we still have this going on that we have to deal with,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Kyle Canup became suspicious when he went to the residence to serve an ex-parte order of protection.

  • Leaders may have last word on school plan

    Last week’s Roane County Commission vote to put a wheel tax referendum on the ballot in November doesn’t mean funding for the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan can’t be secured before then.

    County officials are in the process of putting a budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Friday the budget should be ready in time for Commission to vote on it at its July meeting.

  • TRAFFIC TROUBLES
  • New lights shining on downtown Harriman

    New light poles are popping up around downtown Harriman.

    On Friday, the Harriman Utility Board was installing the new fixtures.

    “Getting all of the lights installed is going to be a process that will take some time. They have most of the area in front of the HUB and Temperance Building done. I believe that as they put more up and get used to the process, each one will go a little quicker,” said City Manager Kevin Helms on Friday.

    The city is using funds they received after the Dec. 22, 2008, TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

  • Premature pool romp lands teens in trouble

    A trio of teens apparently couldn’t wait for the Rockwood Community Center pool to open for the summer on May 29.

    “On May 13, 2018, I was dispatched to the Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave. on a criminal trespass call,” Rockwood Police Officer Daniel Jeffries wrote in a report.

    “When I arrived I found three male juveniles inside the fence climbing out of the pool.”

    Jeffries said the teens attempted to hide when he showed up, but they were unsuccessful.

  • Disposing of waste properly
  • Schools budget 1 percent employee pay raises

    The Roane County Board of Education passed its budget for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday.

    The budget includes an across-the- board 1 percent pay raise for school system employees.

    “One percent for everybody,” school board business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Proposed expenditures for the 2018-19 school year are approximately $67.7 million.

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will review the school budget before it goes to the full commission for a vote later this year.

  • Van-truck crash injures four

    Traffic was snarled on the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon due to a crash involving a van and a tractor-trailer.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said Melvin Dean Branson, 47, of Rockwood was driving a Roane Metals Group semi-truck loaded with shredded automobiles when he lost control of the rig while negotiating the curve at the westbound 347 exit at Harriman.

    The truck lost control, tipped over and spilled its cargo onto the roadway.

  • Turbine may remain to preserve papermill history

    A monument to Harriman’s industrial past may be preserved in the cleanup of the Harriman papermill property.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning up the site along the Emory River through the Superfund program.

    As part of the cleanup, Harriman officials have been asked if they’d like to keep a steam turbine that remains in one of the dilapidated buildings.

    “I think it would be a good memento,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

  • Woman: Helper turned stalker

    A woman who said she was in need of a child’s car seat told Rockwood police that she was stalked by the man who helped her out.

    Robert Bargy, the purported stalker, steadfastly denies the allegations, however.

    The encounter happened on May 8 at the Rockwood Walmart.

    “I spoke with Laura Lunsford who told me that she was needing a car seat for a 1-year-old,” officer Jared Hall wrote in the police report. “She said that Jerry Wells had asked on Facebook for help getting it.”

    Bargy offered to help out.