Local News

  • 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.

  • Worker accused of hiding drugs

    Police searched the Hardee’s in Rockwood for approximately an hour on Feb. 1 after the shift manager was accused of hiding drugs in the restaurant.

    The shift manager, Shelly Everett, 42, was cited for simple possession.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle was dispatched to Hardee’s to investigate an employee dispute.

  • Police say man held ex captive

    A Harriman man was arrested last month on charges of domestic assault, false imprisonment and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

    Shawn Roysdon, 38, is accused of holding his former live-in girlfriend against her will at her apartment.

    Harriman Officer Caleb Taylor’s report shows he responded to 201 Sewanee St., where Linda Marritt told him Roysdon had been staying at her house and had been both verbally and physically abusive.

  • Fighting The Flu
  • $525,000 grant helps Harriman water

    Harriman Utility Board will continue working on water system improvements thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

    “The grant requires a local match of $93,000 which will be provided by Harriman Utility Board for a combined project total of $618,000,” said Candace Vannasdale, manager of GWS Administration & Engineering.

    The project will allow HUB to continue its reduction of non-revenue water loss by replacing problematic and leaking water mains and services.

  • Man charged for church threats arrested again

    The man who threatened to blow up a Harriman church last summer has been arrested again.

    Harriman police charged James Lombardo with disorderly conduct in a Jan. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Sgt. James Wadsworth was dispatched to 182 State St., to conduct a welfare check on Lombardo.