Local News

  • I-40 work scheduled

    Drivers may find temporary lane closures for roadway maintenance work between mile markers 344 and 341 of I-40 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and continuing until Friday, Feb. 9.

    Motorists should be alert for workers, slow traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

  • Probation company revenue down for second year

    The money Community Probation Services made in Roane County was down for the second year in a row.

    In a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody dated Jan. 3, Owner/CEO Jay Colton reported gross revenue in 2017 of $134,765.51.

    In 2016 the company reported gross revenue of $160,340.01.

    In 2015, the company reported gross revenue of $211,224.98.

    The contract requires CPS to pay Roane County 5 percent of its gross revenue. In 2017, that amounted to $6,738.28. Woody said the county has already received the check.

  • Road widening of Hwy. 62 to Oliver Springs scheduled

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel for those wishing to see Hwy. 62 widened from near Petit Lane in Morgan County to the junction with Hwy. 61 in Oliver Springs, as a status report released last week from the Tennessee Department of Transportation lists the project in the early stages of development.

    “I’m tickled that it’s on the books,” Morgan County Executive Don Edwards said.

  • Harriman starts repairs at dock

    Workers have begun the replacement of steps and a landing at the dock at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    “We are repairing the stairs but also making the landing at the top of the bank bigger than before,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Smoky Mountain Deck Builders is doing the repairs, and Helms said they estimated it would be done in the next two weeks, weather permitting.

  • Yager attacks frivolous suits, bounty hunters

    People who file frivolous lawsuits could find themselves on a registry if state Sen. Ken Yager gets his way.

    Yager, R-Kingston, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 1601, which takes aim at those who use the court system to badger others.

  • Remembering KATIE KLINGMAN

    The family and friends of a Rockwood mother will not let her memory fade for her two young children.

    The loved ones of Katie Klingman are reeling after her death from a blood clot days after routine shoulder surgery on Jan. 19. She leaves behind 2-year-old Nevaeh Klingman and 1-year-old Kayden Carl Glenn Klingman.

    “She was a good mom. It is not fair she was taken from those babies at such an early age,” said Dellia Bennett, Katie’s mother.

  • Mega school enrollment would top OR, Maryville

    Data from the 2016-17 Tennessee Department of Education report card includes enrollment figures for schools throughout the state.

    Roane County High School, Rockwood High School and Harriman High School had a combined enrollment of 1,509 in 2016-17. That was more than Maryville High School (1,246) and Oak Ridge High School (1,353).

    Roane County Schools is working on a plan that would put students from Roane County High, Harriman High and Rockwood High into a new consolidated high school near Roane State Community College.

  • School official says criticism of teacher pay ‘stupidity’

    Teacher pay came up during last week’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins provided the board with some data, which prompted a response from several board members.

    “We want to be up there past the middle on teacher salaries,” Chairman Rob Jago said. “We feel we have some of the better teachers in the areas.”

    Watkins said the average salary for “licensed personnel” in Roane County is $51,378.

  • Infrastructure tops Oliver Springs concerns

    The future success of Oliver Springs could be determined by how well the town manages a range of opportunities related to history, recreation and downtown redevelopment.

    Town leaders and about a dozen residents met at Oliver Springs Town Hall Saturday for a visioning exercise that explored economic development plans.

    “We want to get a vision of what Oliver Springs wants to do,” said Gary Human, regional director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.