Local News

  • OS town manager resigns

    Oliver Springs officials are seeking a new town manager and water department office manager.

    Town Manager Becky Campbell is resigning after having been with the city in different capacities for 18 years. Water Department office manager Susan Tyler is retiring after 37 ½ years.

    Both women’s last day is June 30.

    “I’ve just got some personal things I need to take care of,” said Campbell.

  • Fossil Plant fishing hole closed


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Young Kaden Jago, left, and Cole Salisbury take advantage of a summer Friday afternoon to get in a bit of fishing at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Salisbury said he traveled from Wyoming for the relaxing afternoon, and just in time — the Fossil Plant’s fishing area at discharge closed to fishing today, Monday. The area will be closed through 3:30 p.m. July 15. Call 717-2501 for details.

  • Retiring schools director credited with patching up relationships

    Outgoing Director of Schools Gary Aytes received a standing ovation at the June 16 Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    This was the last meeting for director Aytes, who is retiring on June 30.

    “One thing about him — kids was No. 1 and education was No. 2,” Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said, as he choked back the tears.

    “We all appreciate everything you’ve done,” Vic King added.

    Board members credit Aytes with mending the relationship with the Roane County Commission.  

  • Trio of school principals told

    Roane County Schools didn’t have to go outside the district to fill three principal openings.

    The new hires were already in the school system.

    Harriman Middle School assistant principal Shannon Cawood was hired as the new principal at Rockwood High School.

    Midway Elementary School assistant principal Jennifer Spakes has been hired as the new principal at Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    Midway Middle School assistant principal Angela Spurgeon was hired as the new principal at Ridge View Elementary School.

  • Kudos to Child Support Division


  • No tax increase in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council approved its fiscal 2017 budget with no tax increase and enough left over to tackle a couple of badly needed projects.

    “I feel very good about it,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “There is no tax increase. We were able to help our employees with our health insurance.”

    Miller credits City Administrator Becky Ruppe, finance officer Belinda Puckett, department heads and the past mayor and City Council for helping turn the city’s finances around.

  • Oak Ridge man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man accused of committing sex crimes was arrested last week.

    Ronald Burch Mashburn, 64, is charged with one count of attempted child rape, eight counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child rape.

    The alleged crimes occurred between July 18, 2006, and July 17, 2011.  

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott said he’ll probably be representing Mashburn in the case.

    He said the allegations against Mashburn are highly disputed.

  • Nail gun used to inflict injury

    Harriman police reported finding a man had barricaded himself in a downtown business and shot himself multiple times with a nail gun.

    The man, whose name was not released by press time, was taken into protective custody Thursday afternoon.

    Police reported they were asked to do a welfare check at Mobile Works at 114 N. Roane St. at 2:45 p.m. A store employee was seen slumped over his desk and unresponsive.

    Officers forced entry into the business and the subject allegedly grabbed a pneumatic nail gun and placed it to his head.

  • Suspect in murder for hire plot indicted

    The saga continues for a mother accused in a murder-for-hire plot.

    Laura Ann Buckingham waived her preliminary hearing in April and had her case bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    The grand jury met on Tuesday, and indicted Buckingham for solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    She’s scheduled to be arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on June 27, but Public Defender Kim Nelson said Thursday that her office is filing a waiver of arraignment. That means Buckingham will not have to appear in court.

  • Harriman man who fired on police charged

    A former Morgan County Correctional Complex officer accused of shooting at Harriman police has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

    Harriman police officers Sarah Moore and Steve Hart responded March 8 to a disturbance call at the 507 N. Roane St. apartment that Nathan Manis, 26, of Harriman, shared with his wife, Lauren.