Local News

  • Town’s water testing fined

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined the town of Oliver Springs last month for committing multiple drinking water violations.

    Despite the penalty, town officials insist the water is safe to drink.

    “I’m drinking it right now,” Town Manager Chris Mason said Friday. “It’s better than bottled water. Nothing is wrong with the quality.”

    According to the state, Oliver Springs gets its water from Bacon Spring. The town serves 2,114 connections and a population of around 5,100 people.

  • FBI LOOKS INTO threats MADE against Dems

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly looking into threats that were made against a meeting of the Roane County Democratic Party last week.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the trouble started on social media.

    A posting on the Facebook group “Happening Now in Roane County” about a regular meeting of the Democratic Party that was to be held at Greenwood School Thursday quickly turned ugly.

  • Come on in — the water’s fine
  • Roane Academy staffer injured in restraint attempt

    A male staff member was injured at Roane Academy on Monday.

    The incident happened around 12:45 p.m.

    According to an E-911 report, the staff member injured his shoulder trying to restrain someone.

    “Looks like his shoulder is out of place,” the report said.

    An ambulance responded and the staffer was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    Roane Academy is at 503 Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The facility houses juveniles for the state.

  • Morgan sex-crime suspect arrested

    A man facing sex crime charges in Morgan County was arrested in Roane County last month.

    Aaron Bruce Reynolds was indicted by the Morgan County grand jury on six felony counts, five for sexual exploitation of a minor and one for aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • Nurse says patient’s son fired gun in house

    A home health-care nurse told police that her client’s son fired a gun inside an Oliver Springs residence on Tuesday.

    Billy Lee Edwards Jr. is facing charges in the incident, which happened at 157 Simpson Lane, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report.

    “On scene I made contact with Linda Edwards, who stated that her home-health nurse was there, and her son became angry and threatened to kill the employees at the Clinton office,” the report said.

  • ‘IT’S OVER’

    Roane County Board of Education Member Darrell “Drack” Langley appeared in court Tuesday to settle his DUI case.

    He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

    “It’s over,” Langley said, when asked if he had any comments about the case.

    Langley was fined $500. He also must attend DUI school, perform 60 hours of community service and have an ignition interlock device installed on his personal vehicle.

    Langley’s attorney, Pat Cooley, worked out the deal with the state.


    Overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail don’t appear to be getting better.

    “We reached our all time high last week of 275,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The jail is certified to hold only 170 inmates. With so many people in custody, violence is on the rise, Stockton said.

    “The fights are getting more and more frequent now inside the jail,” he said. “I guess that’s to be expected in confined quarters and too many inmates.”

  • New group to study pain management

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam last week named members to the Tennessee Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education.

    The commission, established by executive order as part of the TN Together plan to help end the opioid epidemic, is charged with developing competencies for Tennessee’s medical educational institutions to address proper treatment for pain, safe and effective prescribing practices, and proper diagnoses and treatment for individuals abusing or misusing controlled substances.

  • UT-Battelle savings to cost schools

    The Roane County Board of Education has a history of taking preemptive stances on legislation that could impact the school system.

    That apparently didn’t happen with Public Chapter 504.

    The state law, which school officials contend could wreak financial havoc on the school system, took effect on July 1, 2015.

    The school board didn’t pass a resolution expressing concerns about it until Jan. 25. The law was on the books for more than two-and-a-half years by that time.