Today's News

  • Revenue declining from hotel/ motel taxes

    Preliminary numbers indicate the hotel/motel tax revenue will be down for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    The county collected $96,368 in 2016-17. The current fiscal year ended on June 30. The final numbers weren’t immediately available, but through June 27, Roane County Director of Accounts and Budgets Connie Aytes said $76,554.87 was collected in hotel/motel tax.

    “You may want to ask the (Roane) Alliance that question,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, when asked why the hotel/motel revenue was trending downward.

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  • Grant puts Kingston dog park goal over the top

    Fundraising for a dog park in Kingston got a big boost with the announcement last week of a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation.

    The Dog Park Dash grant solicited by Outdoor Kingston and the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department will put fundraising efforts over the top.

    “We are about $15,000 over the original goal,” said Charles Elmore, chairman of the board for Outdoor Kingston.

    The park, to be known as Fort Paws, will be near Byrd Field adjacent to Kingston City Park.

  • Harriman making strides toward goals set in 2017

    Progress has been made on all the goals Harriman officials set for the city at last year’s strategic planning session, but work isn’t over.

    “I think it’s great. I think that is why we set the goals is to try to complete them. I try to touch base on them at least every other month with the Council to let them know where we are at and what we are doing,” Mayor Wayne Best said.

  • Man jailed for leaving kids home alone

    A Kingston father is facing charges of child abuse and neglect for allegedly leaving two children home alone.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Officer Adam Alkishawi responded to Apartment D at 306 Kelsey Drive on July 3. He was met by Jeff Clark when he arrived.

    “Mr. Clark advised that he was outside his residence around 7:30 a.m. and observed Mr. Phillip Partin Jr. getting in his vehicle and leaving his residence,” the warrant said. “Mr. Clark advised that he noticed that his two children were not in the vehicle with him.”

  • Harriman grant to ease traffic flow

    Harriman travelers will have an easier time through the city in the future thanks to an approximately $2.4 million grant the city received from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, which is a federal program, does not require a match and will be used to ease traffic flow throughout the city.

    “If the vehicles can move along more efficiently, not having to sit in traffic in idle then that improves air quality,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Fire damages Margrave Drive home

    An early morning fire around 1:45 a.m. Thursday damaged a 1005 Margrave Drive home.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels said they had heavy fire in a room used for storage. The fire is under investigation because the home was vacant.

    “The fire was knocked down by the shift on duty and had small amount of fire damage in the kitchen area. Fire cause is undetermined at this time,” Daniels said.

  • Pistol whipping charges dismissed

    The aggravated assault charges against Robert James Tonachio Jr. were dismissed last month.

    Tonachio was accused of pointing a gun at his girlfriend and pistol whipping her male friend last September.

  • Four Seasons’ Jordan to be at October Sky

    Clay Jordan, formerly of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will be one of the featured musical acts during the 11th annual October Sky Festival in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20.

    Jordan, who makes his home in Oliver Springs, was born and raised in the cities of Los Angeles County.

    While in junior high school, he taught himself to play guitar by ear. Up until the end of high school, he played guitar in garage cover bands that performed at talent shows, school dance and Battle of the Bands competitions.