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Today's News

  • Tax rate staying same in Rockwood

    Rockwood property owners won’t pay an increase in taxes this fiscal year.

    Rockwood City Council approved their final reading of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday.

    “We were able to keep the tax rate the same, which is very, very important,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The $7.2 million budget doesn’t include much in the way of capital projects, but the city hopes to be tackling some road paving this year, with paving set to begin by the end of this month and continuing into July.

  • Firefighters spruce up park memorial

    Progress is steadily being made on the Harriman Fire Department memorial at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “I want something that is really going to honor them. After we get it completed it will be nice,” said Chief Brad Daniels of the memorial to honor those who died at the department.

    The memorial includes the names of James Brown, James Lawson and Gene Schubert.

    “The biggest thing right now is finding a piece for the top,” Daniels said.

  • Alleged altercation attracts police attention, results in drug charges

    From staff reports

    A traffic stop initiated by Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey late last month netted drugs and led to the arrest of a man and woman.

    Around 9:30 p.m. May 31, Humphrey saw a man and woman in a black Nissan Maxima who appeared to be in a physical altercation. Humphrey stopped the vehicle before calling for backup.

    Officer Jeff Coffey found both occupants making odd movements and unable to sit still.

  • Aytes named interim schools head

    The Roane County Board of Education is turning to a familiar face to lead the school system.

    “I’d like to nominate Gary Aytes as interim director of schools,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said during an emergency called meeting on Saturday.

    Miller’s motion to hire Aytes passed 10-0. He will take over for Leah Rice Watkins, who resigned last week to take the director of schools job in Obion County.

    Aytes served four years as Roane County director of schools, retiring after the 2015-16 school year.

  • Motorist crashes into, kills biker

    A Kingston man was killed last week when a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    Stacey Neil Vance, the man suspected of driving impaired, was charged with vehicular homicide.

    The crash happened on Highway 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m. on June 13. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

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  • Humphrey on track to be Harriman police chief

    Harriman may name acting police chief Kenny Humphrey as the official police chief this week.

    Restructuring the police department is among the agenda items for the 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, meeting.

  • Leah Watkins’ Letter of Resignation

    June 14, 2018

    Dear Roane County Board of Education:

  • City leaders head to streets

    The first of several community meetings in Harriman neighborhoods will take place this week.

    The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 535 Margrave Drive.

    Mayor Wayne Best said Harriman leaders want residents involved in every aspect of government.

    “We are trying to bring their government back to them,” he said.

    The open-house format will enable residents to come and go as they please.

  • Teen charged in Weigel’s shooting charged as adult

    The teen accused in a March shooting at the Weigel’s gas station on Gallaher Road had his case transferred to adult court last week.

    With that also came a trip to adult jail.

    Isaac Deandre Armes, 16, was booked into the Roane County Jail on June 11 on charges of attempted murder and prohibited weapons.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they already had two juveniles in custody on an unrelated case and were concerned about housing three of them together.