Local News

  • Commission says no to K-14

    The K-14 educational initiative recently unveiled by The Roane Alliance was struck a blow at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

    A resolution endorsing the Roane County Schools’ K-14 plan failed after it was added to the agenda shortly before the meeting.

    Seven Commissioners — James Brummett, Benny East, Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Junior Hendrickson, Mike Hooks and Stan Moore — voted against the measure.

    Voting in favor were Commission Chairman Ron Berry and Commissioners Peggy Collier, Chris Johnson and Carolyn Granger.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    A juvenile suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that took place at Weigel’s on Gallaher Road in Kingston on March 3 is in custody.

    According to a press release from the Kingston Police Department, the juvenile turned himself in to authorities at the Clinton Police Department in the early hours of March 19.

    The juvenile was then transferred to the Knoxville Juvenile Detention Center, where is he waiting on a hearing.

    Juvenile petitions were taken out for the incident on March 6.


    The Roane County Commission on Monday soundly rejected an attempt by County Executive Ron Woody to appoint Earl Nall to the Commission’s budget committee.

    Nall said he wasn’t surprised at the 10-to-3 vote against his appointment.

    “I knew it was a long shot,” he said.

    A majority of the commissioners expressed their concerns that Nall, a former school board member with data analytics experience, is not an elected member of the Commission.

  • Kingston Street Fest Saturday

    Organizers of Kingston’s Spring Street Fest in Courthouse Square Saturday predict the event will build on the success of October’s Fall Street Fest.

    “It’s springtime, and people are ready to get outdoors,” said Debbie Russell, events coordinator for Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

    “If the weather holds out, we will probably have more people,” she said.

  • State wants to reunite you with forgotten money

    The Tennessee Department of Treasury Unclaimed Property Division is traveling to events across the state to reunite Tennesseans with their missing money.

    Last fiscal year, the Division returned a record-breaking 43,482 claims, resulting in $48 million in missing money returned to Tennesseans.

    The Unclaimed Property Division is a consumer protection program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury, under the leadership of Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr.

    There is currently more than $819 million waiting to be claimed in Tennessee.

  • Grease said to cause blaze

    A grease fire was blamed for the destruction of a Harriman home late Friday night.

    Eszmone Patrick said his sister was putting on some chicken when the grease caused a fire at the 257 Morning Drive home.

    “Flames shot up everywhere,” said cousin Ayame Wright.

    Nobody was hurt in the fire, and the family was able to get their animals out.

  • Lots of questions on school plan

    For the past few weeks I’ve been urging everyone I meet to check out The Roane Alliance CEO Wade Creswell’s presentation on the K-14 initiative The Alliance is supporting.

    The presentation highlights negative trends, including decreasing population, increasing crime and drug abuse, that Roane County needs to change to improve quality of life.

    Education, specifically a K-14 education model tuned to the needs of the modern workforce, is a key element of the plan to change the culture.

  • HUB collects 2,550 food items for bank

    Harriman Utility Board employees are Hands of Mercy’s Souper Bowl Champs.

    Together they collected the most nonperishable food items in a challenge with other local companies, collecting around 2,550 items.

    “It means a lot to us to have your support. I hope we continue to do that,” said Sharon Pinner, executive director of Hands of Mercy.

    Human resource director Connie Voyles said the employees are always willing to help out if told about a good cause.

  • One dead, one hurt in Poplar Creek crash

    One person was killed Tuesday morning when a vehicle ran off Poplar Creek Road and became submerged in the water.

    Early reports indicate the victim, a male passenger whose identity is being withheld, was buckled into the backseat, making extrication difficult.

    The female driver of the Mazda 3 was injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

    Reports from the scene indicate the car was traveling north on Poplar Creek Road when it slid off the road and over an embankment into the below creek.

  • Doggone Clean Pup

    Lady Bird gets ready to make her spring debut with a bath given by Ezra Marks last week at the KleanCar dog wash room in Rockwood. The self-service dog wash is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Two types of shampoo and conditioner, as well as dryers are available in the climate-controlled indoor facility; however, dog washers may bring in Fido’s favorite shampoos and towels to use during bath time. A deskunking treatment is also available for canines unfortunate to cross paths with one of nature’s smelliest beasts. KleanCar dog wash room is at 715 N. Gateway Ave.