Local News

  • ARISEN from the ASHES?

    Some officials contend the work that’s been done to try to help Roane County overcome the stigma of the ash spill has been setback by recent coverage of a lawsuit filed by people who worked during the cleanup.

    “I think we were headed in the right direction as far as any type of stigma that we were dealing with,” said Wade Creswell, president/CEO of The Roane Alliance. “This has refreshed the issue in people’s minds.”

  • Kingston water interconnect pays off for hospital

    A water interconnect installed to assure Kingston’s water supply came in handy during a recent water problem at Roane Medical Center.

    An accidental breach of a water line between Harriman and Midtown a few weeks ago resulted in a loss of water to the medical center.

    “The hospital doesn’t have water storage,” said Kingston City Manager David Bolling.

    Roane Central Utility District general manager Bob Creswell said his engineers went to work right away to get the water back to the hospital in less than an hour.

  • FEMA program may help Harriman recoup storm cleanup costs

    Harriman hopes a Federal Emergency Management Agency pilot program will mean more aid to recover from the cleanup of the storms that ripped through the area in May.

    City Manager Kevin Helms recently said they had moved 419 dump truck loads of debris.

    FEMA would typically reimburse a city 75 percent of the approved cost to remove debris, including contractor costs, city equipment use, dump sites and disposal costs and overtime to personnel. The state would then contribute 12.5 percent, leaving the city with 12.5 percent of the approved cost.


    A revised dress code will be in place when students start the 2017-18 school year today – Wednesday.

    “I think people won’t even notice,” Roane County Board of Education Member Larry Brackett said about the changes.

    The board passed the revision in June. The old policy included a paragraph that said principals could take action against a student, volunteer or employee when “in the opinion of” school administration there was a violation of the dress code.

    The “in the opinion of” is no longer in the policy.

  • Police hurt on the job

    Two lawmen with separate municipal police departments have been injured in recent days while working roadway incidents.

    Both men are sergeants with their respective departments.

    Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham was struck while working a wreck on Thursday. Three days later, Kingston Sgt. Jerry Singleton had his left knee fractured when a vehicle fled the scene.

  • Sewer settlement a plus for Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas officials have been waiting to see the remainder of a Front Avenue sewer line project completed after a disagreement between the contractor and engineers arose.

    The project stalled after the elevation of the newly installed sewer did not align with the elevation of the existing sewer to which the new line was to connect, and the parties responsible for the project couldn’t agree who should pay for the mistake.

  • Learn about Appalachia in new class

    Roane County News columnist and retired history teacher Mark Banker will offer a course focusing on the Appalachians.

    The course will be each Tuesday beginning Sept. 5 in the old Roane County Courthouse. It is sponsored by the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    “There are three guarantees,” Banker said. “Attendance policy will be lenient; no exams — for you to take and for me to grade!; and at the end of the course, you will know more and think differently about where we live than you do now.”

  • Loudon man faces sex crimes charges

    Brent Dillon Purdy, a 24-year-old Loudon man, turned himself in at the Roane County Jail last week on sex crime charges. He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in June on one count of statutory rape and one count of sexual exploitation by electronic means. The crimes are alleged to have occurred during the summer of 2016.

    Jail records listed Purdy’s address as 505 Highland Ave., Loudon. He’s out of custody on a $20,000 bond while the charges are pending.


    The sun isn’t the only thing that might be blacked out on Aug. 21.

    “We’re going to blackout litter on Aug. 21 when the eclipse comes through,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    To do that, the Road Department is encouraging students to bring five aluminum cans to school to be recycled in exchange for a pair of solar eclipse glasses.