Local News

  • 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.

  • Community forum on opioids, heroin Friday at RSCC

    Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will have a community forum on heroin and opioids from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State Community College, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Community resource tables will be available at 5:30.

    The documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Live of an Opiate Addict” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction and a question-and-answer session.


    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition is trying to get the word out about Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

    The initiative aims to curb prescription drug misuse by advocating for people to count their pills, lock up their medications and drop off expired or unused medications for disposal.