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Today's News

  • Roane Commission to go to electronic voting

    The Roane County Commission is planning to use an electronic voting system for meetings.

    “Everybody will either push yes, no or abstain,” Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said. “After we vote we’ll have a screen that shows how everybody voted.”

    Commissioners are supposed to receive training on the new system Tuesday, and it could be used for the first time at the Commission’s special-called meeting on July 29.

  • Weigh in on county budget at hearing

    The public has an opportunity this week to weigh in on the county’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

    The County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A Budget Committee meeting and Commission work session will follow. All will take place at the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We always talk about the budget,” County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody told the Commission last week. “That’s your-all’s and my main responsibility – the financial affairs of the county.”

  • Place in the shade
  • Driver hits pole, gets DUI charge

    A suspected intoxicated driver crashed into a utility pole in Rockwood, the force of the crash causing the pole to snap.

    The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Noah E. Buff, is facing multiple charges in the incident, including DUI.

    According to the report, Rockwood Patrolman Chris Kennedy was dispatched to the 500 block of South Gateway Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on July 7 to investigate a one vehicle accident.

  • Whitestone, Pattersons partner on concert series

    Whitestone Inn in partnership with Pattersons Home Appliances has launched a Summer Concert Series with plans to make the series an annual event.

    The Voices of Lee kicked off the concert series on July 6, with many more Gospel favorites still to come: Wes Hampton, Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Martins, Adam Crabb and The Isaacs.

    Next up, Gordon Mote will take the stage on Aug. 3.

  • Mom faces child neglect for three tots

    A mother is in trouble after her three young children were allegedly found in the road by a passerby.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office were contacted and found the mother, identified as Latrisha Ann Cline, asleep in a nearby residence.

    Cline, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse and neglect.

    According to the report, deputies responded to the Swan Pond area around 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6.

  • FETCHING SMILES
  • Alternate choices for jail?

    With no money borrowed yet and no construction started, it’s not too late for Roane County officials to come up with an alternative plan for the jail.

    Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said that’s why he’s put together an ad hoc committee called Alternative to a Jail Building Program.

    “We’re not going to issue debt on the jail until December,” Ellis said.

  • HPD to get new vehicles for its fleet

    Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council approved the purchase of three vehicles for the Harriman Police Department during its meeting Tuesday, July 2.

    Council approved spending roughly $46,500 for three 2017 Ford Escapes from Jerry Duncan Ford in Harriman.

    The vehicles, which will be unmarked, will need to be outfitted with a light bar and a radio, said Harriman Police Chief Baron Tapp.

    He said each of the vehicles is a program car and each has about 16,000 miles of use.

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