Local News

  • OS voters approve liquor by the drink

    Oliver Springs Consumption on the Premises Referendum


    Roane County 150

    Anderson County 429

    Morgan County 1

    Total 580



    Roane County 132

    Anderson County 354

    Morgan County 1

    Total 487

  • Fuller, Trew join Jolly on Rockwood Council; voters approve wine sales in grocery stores

    Rockwood City Council (3 seats)

    Mike Fuller 1013

    Jason Jolly 967

    Joe Moore 553

    Patrick Shivers 266

    Shane Trew 606


    Wine sales in grocery stores

    For 988

    Against 435

  • Brown returns to Kingston Council; Stockton, Wright elected

    Kingston City Council — 3 seats

    All precincts reporting

    Tony Brown 1415

    John Byrkit 711

    Tara Stockton 1924

    Norman Sugarman 1165

    Stephanie Wright 1347

  • All Roane precincts in: Calfee returning to state House for third term

    Twenty-four of 24 precincts:

    State House 32nd District

    Kent Calfee (R) 11,451

    Tyler Overstreet (I) 4693

    Corey Stafford (D) 2510

  • Smoky haze wafts into Roane

    No wildfires have been reported in Roane County as of Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean residents aren’t feeling the effects of those burning throughout the region.

    Firefighters are battling blazes in neighboring counties in harsh drought conditions.

    “We do have a 400-acre fire in Morgan County,” confirmed Nathan Waters, a spokesman for the Tennessee Division of Forestry’s district office in Knoxville. “We have a couple of big ones in Cumberland County.”

  • Smoke from Shenandoah blaze seen in Harriman

    A single-story home on Shenandoah Drive near Rockwood was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Battalion Chief John McNeely said the home was completely involved when firefighters arrived.

    “It’s totally destroyed,” he said.

    The fire was reported around 4:45 p.m. Crews spent hours at the scene.

    McNeely said as far as they know, no one was home when the fire started.

  • Ex-political rival among donors to Calfee campaign

    Former 32nd District state Rep. Julia Hurley provided some financial help to her ex-rival.

    According to campaign finance records, state Rep. Kent Calfee received a $250 contribution from Hurley on Oct. 14.

    Hurley defeated Democrat Dennis Ferguson for the House District 32 seat in the November 2010 election. She sought re-election in 2012, but lost to Calfee in the Republican Primary.

    Hurley now works as a real-estate agent for Keller Williams Realty.

  • Whitestone Inn owner Cowell mourned

    Paul Cowell, a pastor turned entrepreneur and innkeeper, passed away Sunday following a life of service to his church and his community.

    “Many people in Roane County may not realize that Paul was a transformative leader for our county,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    Cowell was known for starting the Whitestone Country Inn on Watts Bar Lake with his wife Jean in 1997.

  • Service for student killed slated for Thursday night

    Funeral arrangements have been set for Jacob Patterson, the 12-year-old Oliver Springs Middle School student who was killed after getting off a school bus on Nov. 4.

    The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Premier Sharp Funeral Home at 209 Roane St., Oliver Springs. The funeral will follow in the chapel. Burial and graveside services are set for Friday at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

    Citizens First Bank of Oliver Springs is accepting memorial donations.

  • Nam Jam honors Vietnam vets, helps with memorials

    Vietnam veterans will gather together for a good time and a chance to meet with other veterans from that period at Nam Jam.

    The event, to honor Vietnam vets, will be at Harriman American Legion Post 53 from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, and it will feature a meal and performance by the Grand Prees.

    “They are going to play our music, the ’60s and ’70s,” said Gary Todd, a Vietnam veteran.