Today's News


    If someone is up to no good in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park they’ll soon be playing peek-a-boo with a camera that can help pin them to the crime.

    “They have been ordered. I’m waiting on a delivery date,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

    Getting security cameras to capture possible illegal activity, including occasional vandalism, has been a goal of many city officials for some time.

    “It is well needed for everything going on down there,” said Councilman Tim Johnson.

  • Rockwood returns pool-covering grant

    Rockwood officials approved returning the grant that would have went towards covering the city pool at their meeting last week.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed returning the funds at a workshop earlier in the year, citing needs for improvements at the current pool before a covering would be put in place.

    “This is something you hate to do but unfortunately there is a lot more to it than first we thought,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Dad jailed for leaving tot in car

    A father allegedly left his 1-year-old son inside a running vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on Wednesday. Rockwood police responded to investigate after someone called 911 to report the unattended child.

    Capt. Kelly Pittman said when he arrived he observed the child in a rear facing car seat in the backseat of the car.

    “The child was asleep and reporting officer did open the door to check on the welfare of the child,” the report said. “Reporting officer also noticed that the keys were in the ignition and the car was running.”

  • ‘Wow’ factor varies

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry was wowed by a presentation school officials gave on their $68 million building plan in March.

    “This is a ‘wow’ factor,” Berry said last month.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got a “wow” feeling when he looked at what the plan could do to the county’s per capita debt.

    “My wow factor became when that per capita debt come up there, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Woody said Thursday. “How do you manage that?”


    Residents wanting to vote on the Roane County Board of Education’s building plan could get their wish.

    District 2 County Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson and Junior Hendrickson filed a resolution on Friday to place a wheel tax referendum on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. If passed, the money generated from the new tax could help fund the school board’s $68 million building plan.

    A major part of the board’s plan is building a new consolidated high school for Rockwood, Harriman and Kingston near Roane State Community College.

  • Haslam signs changes to TANF into law

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the state’s Families First program.

    These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits administered through Families First have the assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

    The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

  • Tools left at grandma’s old house reported stolen

    A woman told Rockwood police nearly $3,100 worth of tools were stolen from a home she and her boyfriend were renovating.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to 635 Tarwater St. on April 21 to investigate.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with Ms. Skyla N. Burks,” the report said. “Ms. Burks said she and her boyfriend, Mr. Keith McClain, were working on her grandmother’s abandoned house, 635 Tarwater, to get it ready to move into.”

  • Spilled noodles scald baby

    From staff reports

    An 8-month-old boy was taken by UT Lifestar for treatment after an accidental burning on Saturday night at 205 Roberts St. in Harriman.

    Reports indicate the baby was burned on its back and arms after hot noodles were spilled on him.

    LifeStar landed at the landing pad behind the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.

    The condition of the child is unknown.

  • Push forward to move water dept. downtown

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas recently moved forward with the acquisition of properties for a future new facility.

    Rockwood City Council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of real estate on the 200 block of Front Avenue. Two parcels are from William Gary Baisley at $85,000; 209 S. Front Ave. from William R. Wright at $25,000; and 214 Rockwood St. from Chris A. King and Annette King at $67,000.

    “We just need this property to get the ball rolling and that is why you see this request,” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

  • Commission making another attempt to fill Kelley vacancy

    The Roane County Commission will try again to fill the vacant seat in District 4.

    The seat became vacant when Steve Kelley passed away in February. His wife, Renee, and Roane County Sheriff’s Office bailiff Jerry White were nominated to fill the vacancy on April 9, but neither received enough votes to get the appointment.

    The next Commission meeting is May 14 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston. An election to fill the vacancy will again be on the agenda.