Local News

  • McDonald’s employee gets Big Smack

    An elderly Rockwood man is accused of slugging a male employee at the McDonald’s on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to the restaurant on Wednesday to investigate a report about a fight.

    “Once on scene I spoke to Bobby Tweed, who told me that he was overcharged on his food,” the report said.

    “He said he tried using a phone an employee gave him to call a McDonald’s home office. Mr. Tweed became very upset and loud because of the situation.”

  • Chasing the Dragon
  • McElhaney up for shelter head

    Stacey McElhaney is in position to become director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    She’s been the interim director since last fall, when John Griffin was removed as director.

    “I think she’s earned her stripes to be the director,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Commission meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. An item under special orders is requesting that Commission confirm McElhaney’s appointment.

    “I think she’s done a good job,” Woody said.

  • RIDING HIGH at the circus
  • Ex-budget director a CTAS consultant

    Roane County has a new County Technical Assistance Service consultant. She’s a familiar face.

    Kaley Walker joined the agency last fall as the new county government consultant for Region 2, which includes Roane and 11 other East Tennessee counties.

    “I think she’ll do good at that job,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    Walker served as budget director for Roane County for nearly six years before Roane County Executive Ron Woody abruptly fired her without explanation in August 2016.

  • Woman rear-ended by deputy suing county

    The woman whose vehicle was rear-ended by a Roane County sheriff’s deputy last year is suing the county.

    In the lawsuit filed by her attorney, John McFarland, Wanda Faye Robinson is seeking the maximum amount of compensatory damages allowed under state law.

    The accident happened on Jan. 19, 2017, on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Town’s water testing fined

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined the town of Oliver Springs last month for committing multiple drinking water violations.

    Despite the penalty, town officials insist the water is safe to drink.

    “I’m drinking it right now,” Town Manager Chris Mason said Friday. “It’s better than bottled water. Nothing is wrong with the quality.”

    According to the state, Oliver Springs gets its water from Bacon Spring. The town serves 2,114 connections and a population of around 5,100 people.

  • FBI LOOKS INTO threats MADE against Dems

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly looking into threats that were made against a meeting of the Roane County Democratic Party last week.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the trouble started on social media.

    A posting on the Facebook group “Happening Now in Roane County” about a regular meeting of the Democratic Party that was to be held at Greenwood School Thursday quickly turned ugly.

  • Come on in — the water’s fine
  • Roane Academy staffer injured in restraint attempt

    A male staff member was injured at Roane Academy on Monday.

    The incident happened around 12:45 p.m.

    According to an E-911 report, the staff member injured his shoulder trying to restrain someone.

    “Looks like his shoulder is out of place,” the report said.

    An ambulance responded and the staffer was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    Roane Academy is at 503 Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The facility houses juveniles for the state.