Today's News

  • Making a big move

    By Richard Evans

    Following a vote by the Harriman City Council Tuesday evening, Harriman agreed to purchase a building to house city hall and the police department.

    The building, located at 408 Roane Street, was purchased at a cost of $175,000.

    Councilmen Daryl Cook, Tim Johnson, Sam Russell, Lonnie Wright and Charles “Buddy” Holley voted to purchase the building. Councilman Kenyon Mee was absent.

    “It’s a lot better than the building we’re in now,” said Russell.

  • Rockwood PD find wanted woman in stolen vehicle

    A woman wanted by U.S. Marshals was reportedly found in a stolen vehicle on Sunday. According to the report, Courtney N. Turner was one of four occupants in the vehicle. She allegedly gave Rockwood Police a fake name when questioned about her identity.

    The other people in the vehicle were identified as driver Kenneth Ramsey, Crystal Smith and Jeffery Hinds. According to the report, Officer Chris Kennedy was on patrol when he noticed Hinds in the vehicle as it drove down Gateway Avenue. That’s what prompted him to follow it.

  • State says soil at Swan Pond recreation areas normal

    A state investigation into the soil at the Swan Pond recreation areas concluded the soil is normal and poses no health risks to children who play there.

    “We recommend using the Swan Pond recreation areas for their intended purposes,” Joe George, with the Tennessee Department of Health, told the Roane County Commission’s Environmental Review Board Thursday evening.

    The recreation areas include the Swan Pond Sports Complex, where children used to play soccer. Roane County leases the land that the complex sits on from TVA.

  • What a stinker!

    A Kingston ‘porch pirate’ got a smelly surprise when she grabbed a box from someone’s porch recently.

    According to a report filed by the Kingston Police Department, Andrea D. Anderson observed on her doorbell security camera a package taken from her porch at approximately 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

    The report said police believe Amanda Collette Roberts, of Kingston, is the culprit who absconded with the package.

  • Looking in the Wright Direction: Alcohol at city events would encourage tourism

    By Stephanie Wright

    Looking forward to having a nice craft beer while listening to music at Southwest Point Amphitheater when it opens?

    It is not going to happen without your help.

    Kingston City Council refuses to even have a discussion on a policy, much less an up or down vote.

    You might be surprised to hear most cities do not make a dime off of actual alcohol sales.

    Adding an ordinance of this nature is all about tourism.

    Tourism should be our No. 1 priority, as it is what Kingston does best.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: The appropriations and tax resolutions key to budget

    By Ron Woody

    The County Budget is adopted annually with our fiscal starting July 1. The adoption of the Budget is by approval of an Appropriation Resolution.

    Immediately following, a Tax Resolution is adopted. The Tax Resolution will generate about 30% of the revenue supporting the roughly $100,000,000 total county budget. The county budget includes schools, highway, debt service, ambulance, solid waste, and others making up the 24 Fund (Companies) the county operates.

  • TVA water permit up for comment

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation held a public hearing last week on TVA’s application for the re-issuance of a water quality permit to impact wetlands and a stream for landfill construction.

    The hearing lasted four minutes. The one person who signed up to speak left before it started.

    “I’m opening the floor to anyone else who would like to comment,” TDEC Regional Director of External Affairs John LeCroy said.

    LeCroy ended the hearing when no one spoke up.

  • Making room for new jail

    The county building and codes operated out of the courthouse before relocating to its current location on Third Street in Kingston.

    The lot the codes office sits on is needed for a planned expansion of the Roane County Jail. That means the office will have to move again, but it doesn’t appear that it will have to go back into the courthouse.

    People entering the courthouse have to pass through a security checkpoint. Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he doesn’t want to “inconvenience” those who use the codes office.

  • ROANEnet expanding goals beyond access

    ROANEnet is expanding it goals beyond increasing internet access to include digital literacy training for seniors.

    The non-profit that is advocating for increased broadband access in the county plans to offer training in online skills to senior residents starting in September.

    Verizon recently donated four computers to ROANEnet that will be used to conduct the training.

    More systems will be purchased when the organization receives additional funding from the Roane County Commission.