Local News

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Child toddles across Gateway

    A good Samaritan stopped a wandering 3-year-old girl from getting run over on Sept. 15.

    The tot’s grandmother, Patricia Steelman Brown, was arrested and charged with child neglect.

    According to the police report, the 3-year-old got out of the house while the grandmother was sleeping.

    The incident was investigated by Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich.

  • Sides of Griffin emerge

    Community members have experienced different sides of former Roane County Animal Control Director John Griffin.

    While rescue groups have taken to social media to express their displeasure with Griffin, a former Humane Society member had a different experience.

    “I found John very good to work with,” Freddie Matsinger said. “John and I got into it a couple of times. That is just part of it.”

    She said they worked together well for the most part.

  • Trio nominated for TVA board of directors

    From staff reports

    President Donald Trump on Thursday announced three nominees for the TVA board of directors.

    The nominees, who must be confirmed by Congress, include Jeffery Smith of Tennessee, Kenneth Allen of Kentucky, James R. Thompson II of Alabama and A.D. Frazier of Georgia.

  • Mother Nature’s PALETTE
  • Driver gets 10 years for fatal crash

    Robin Ledbetter was told in a somber, emotional tone Friday how her intoxicated driving impacted one Roane County family.

    “I sometimes sit on the side of the road for hours and reminisce — only to realize there will not be any more memories made with my brother because Robin Ledbetter wanted to take some pills,” John Clark said.

    John’s brother, Terrance Clark, was killed when Ledbetter crashed into him on Valentine’s Day 2015.

  • Navigating the Medicare

    In a 3-2 decision filed Wednesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld two lower court decisions that tossed out Tom McFarland’s complaint over the 2014 circuit court judge election.

    McFarland lost the race to Mike Pemberton. After the defeat, he sought to have the results voided by filing a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and the Court of Appeals determined the complaint was time-barred. The Supreme Court agreed.

  • Griffin out at animal shelter

    Director John Griffin is no longer with the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “He’s still employed for a time period,” County Executive Ron Woody said Thursday, “but not at the shelter.”

    He added, “He won’t go back to the shelter.”

    Woody said a number of things led to the decision.

    For many rescue groups, it is cause for celebration. Members of those groups have complained Griffin did not do enough to work with others to relieve the facility’s overcrowding issues.