Local News

  • Banquet fundraiser to aid Oliver Springs park

    Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will have its fourth annual banquet and fundraiser at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in Oak Ridge DoubleTree Hotel at 215 S. Illinois Ave.

    Lt. Gov. Randy McNally will be the guest speaker.

    Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table.

    All proceeds go toward the preservation of the heritage of the African-American community, education and development of Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs.

  • Injured student believed asleep

    Roane County school officials believe a Ridge View Elementary School student was asleep when he fell out of his bus seat Wednesday morning.

    “What I can confirm is that from what we understand right now we had a child that fell asleep on the bus this morning and fell out of the bus seat,” said Director Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Weed-killing chemicals among issues

    A meeting of the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council at the Rockwood Community Center this week turned into a debate among residents over the non-native weed eradication effort.

    Residents have publicly expressed concerns about the use of herbicide to treat areas near the Rockwood water inlet.

    Council Chairman Tim Joseph began the meeting with a discussion on the definition of and potential dangers of invasive species in the lake system.

  • HUB buys bank bldg.

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board has purchased the property known as the Regions Bank building at 200 N. Roane St., adjacent to the current HUB main office building.

    “Our current building was constructed in the early 1950s, with a later addition, and is in need of major renovations,” said HUB Manager Bill Young. “We became aware that the Regions building was for sale, and that the bank was beginning construction on a new facility in the Midtown area.”

  • Lots to blame for ash illness, death

    Jacobs Engineering Group isn’t planning to go down alone.

    Attorneys for the contractor contend others also bear responsibility for the alleged injuries sustained by people who worked at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant during the ash spill cleanup.

    The workers are suing Jacobs for damages in federal court.

    “We’ve got over 30 people that have died, over 30 cancer cases,” said attorney Jim Scott, who represents some of the workers. “The volume of disease and death is sickening.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: R.E. Lee, “le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche”

    Gentle reader, recall that this column is written early in the week, so a whole heap of things could have happened betwixt its composition and its circulation, but we think the observations contained herein will still be valid, if dated.

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    The Continuing controversy over generals from the south, especially the recent imbroglio in Charlottesville, Virginia, has produced the usual harvest of witless commentary: One that irritated the old curmudgeon was from a commentator on NPR who described General Robert E. Lee as a “leader of the Confederacy”.

  • Coming soon to a lake near you ...

    One of the world’s biggest fish will be prowling the waters near Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park next month.

    Those already daunted by the thought of what is lurking below the rippling water may want to avoid “Jaws on the Water,” the spine tingling viewing of Jaws at Tom Fuller Park at 1369 Pumphouse Road at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

    “Mitchell Creek Marina at Dale Hollow Lake has put it on the past couple of years and my girlfriend and I have gone,” said Chase Clem, Rockwood parks and recreation director.


    Drug abuse continues to have deadly consequences in Roane County.

    According to numbers provided by Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch last week, 19 people have died from drug overdoses in 2017.

    “Seven are still pending,” Boduch said. “The others have been confirmed.”

    When Boduch investigates a suspected overdose death, he sends blood samples to the TBI lab for confirmation. The cases are considered pending until he gets confirmation from the lab.

  • No one in car struck by train

    Rockwood police said a Norfolk Southern train struck a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sunday morning. The report said there were no occupants in the Cherokee when it was hit. However, police were looking for two suspects in connection with the incident.

    “I (Officer Kendall Mitchell) spoke with the conductor of the train that struck the vehicle,” the report said. “He said while the train was traveling north on the tracks, he and the engineer saw the vehicle sitting beside the tracks with no one in or around it before the train struck the vehicle.”

  • Rockwood opening ballpark for eclipse viewing

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation is welcoming folks to take advantage of the open space at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex to enjoy the total eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

    Rockwood Park and Recreation Director Chase Clem said the complex will be open and concessions will be available.

    “It will be cool to see something you’ll never see again probably,” Clem said.

    “To be able to host something like that is pretty awesome.”