Local News

  • Pinnacle Pointe case not resolved

    Years after mediation seemed to settle an ongoing legal dispute between the city of Harriman and developers of Midtown’s Pinnacle Point shopping center, officials are still attempting to close that chapter of the city’s history.

    While the parties appeared to agree on the mediation, the case is still open.

    “While an agreement was reached at that mediation, an order was never signed and submitted to the Court to confirm the mediated agreement,” said Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn.


    A Hariman man was killed in a wreck on Hwy. 61 Friday afternoon.

    A Tennessee Highway Patrol report identified the man as 37-year-old Martin J. Palenski.

    The report said Palenski was the driver of a 2002 Ford Taurus in the single-vehicle crash that occurred around 12:30 p.m.

    According to E-911 dispatch records about the crash, Oliver Springs police were pursuing a suspected shoplifter in a gold Ford Taurus. There was a male driver and a female passenger.

  • Rockwood voting on wine Nov. 8

    Wine may be flowing off the shelves at grocery stores in Kingston and Harriman, but Rockwood and Oliver Springs are doing their best to catch up.

    Petitions in both cities have been circulated, with Rockwood already having enough signatures for the issue to be placed on the November general election ballot.

    Oliver Springs is in a different category. Its petition is calling for liquor by the drink, which would be the first step to offering wine in grocery stores, said Holly Cromwell of the Roane County Election Commission.

  • ‘One bite, and it will change your life’

    An afternoon cloudburst didn’t keep a crowd from turning out to enjoy the fruity, flaky crusted cobblers at Harriman’s first cobbler festival.

    Instead, the crowds huddled under the gazebo at David Webb Riverfront Park for contestants’ treats.

    After judges got their tastes of the cobbler, the public made their rounds.

    “As soon as they looked at it, we have been in the floor scooping and Jayden has been putting lids on them,” said Frankie Hawn with Cub Scout Pack 103 in Harriman.

  • Revenue up, spending down in Rockwood’s ‘good year’

    Rockwood’s financials for 2015-16 are a reason to celebrate.

    Rockwood’s City Recorder and Administrator Becky Ruppe reported to City Council last week that more revenue was taken in than was spent, and “all budgets came in under budget.”

    “We had a good year – good enough to raise our fund balance,” she said.

    “Our department heads and employees worked hard to keep their expenditures under what was budgeted ... we commend them for doing a great job,” Ruppe added Wednesday.

  • ‘She’s a bloody mess’

    “She’s a bloody mess, ma’am.”

    That’s how Larry McCabe described the dead body of Brooke Nicole Morris when he spoke to a Roane County E-911 dispatcher from a dark rural road almost five years ago.

    McCabe and his wife Debra were coming from a party in Kingston on Oct. 15, 2011, when they came upon Morris’ body at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

  • Mullins loanless; Sams in for $163

    Candidates in the Roane County road superintendent and property assessor races have turned to themselves for financial backing.

    Incumbent Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson loaned his campaign $12,000 on June 9, according to the campaign financial disclosure statement he filed with the Roane County Election Office on July 11.

    The disclosure statement covered the period from April 1 to June 30. Ferguson’s report shows he also received $5,725 in contributions during that period.

  • Rockwood officials tap brakes on another stop sign at intersection

    Rockwood resident Jeremy Byar wants city officials to look at addressing traffic at Chamberlain Avenue and Tedder Street.

    He shared his concerns Monday with Rockwood City Council.

    “I have lived there five years, and I have watched it [the intersection] get more and more dangerous,” he said.

    “There are cats getting killed, and kids are in danger.”

    He asked if Council would consider making the intersection a three-way stop.



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  • OS wants to honor police with blue lighting

    Oliver Springs will honor its police officers next week, and organizers are asking the community to contribute by “going blue.”

    Residents are asked to display blue outdoor lighting Aug. 2-3 “to show their appreciation for putting their lives on the line every day for us,” said Tammi Barger, event chairwoman.