Today's News


    A group of 23 bicyclists and their support crew passed through Roane County along Hwy. 70 through Kingston and into Midtown Thursday afternoon.

    It was part of a trek across the country, in the hopes of raising funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

    The bicyclists started in Baltimore on June 3 and are one of three bicycle teams traversing the country.

    This team’s destination is San Francisco. The other two teams are pedaling to Portland and Seattle.

    They all are hoping to get to their destinations by Aug. 11.

  • Shooting may have been self defense

    A shooting on Post Oak Valley Road that sent one man to the hospital may have been a case of self defense.

    “You have a right to protect yourself in your home,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened on Friday around 11:45 p.m. According to Stockton, Grant McNeal was at his home when Evan Gardner came over and kicked his door in.

  • Wireless internet access coming to rural Roane areas

    Residents and small businesses in parts of Roane County, including Rockwood and Ten Mile will soon have access to fixed wireless internet service.

    Fixed wireless internet service delivers download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps using a wireless tower transmitting to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business.

    “I am glad to see the innovative approach by private industry to help close the remaining connectivity gap,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Kingston rejects 5% water rate hike

    In a special called meeting Monday, Kingston City Council declined to approve an amendment to the Water and Sewer Department’s 2018 budget that would have increased rates by 5 percent.

    A motion and second were made to approve the water budget as submitted, with the increase intact. That concerned Councilmember Stephanie Wright.

    “I don’t think the public was fully aware of the rate increase,” said Wright. She made a motion to amend the budget by eliminating the 5-percent increase.

    The motion passed unanimously.

  • 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.