Local News

  • Business Is Berry Good

    When Terry and Vickey Skeen married in 2001, they began looking for a way to supplement their income when they retired.

    They came up with Honeys Blueberry Farm, a farm on Kingston Highway between Kingston and Loudon where customers can pick their own blueberries.

    “In 2003, we started looking for a farm,” Vickey Skeen said. “We were looking for a farm and a place where he could hunt. That was his dream. We looked all around. Some places were too expensive and some were not in a good location. We found this place in a real estate book.

  • Morgan teenager trapped in wreckage

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said in his 35-year career he’s never seen anyone pinned in a vehicle like the one he saw on Wednesday.

    “I talked to other people after we were done, and they said they had never seen any like that, either,” Gordon said.

    Kingston Fire Department was one of several agencies that responded to the incident, which happened around 11:30 a.m. and left an Oakdale teen trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour.

  • Polk Salad Fest celebrates arts, Appalachian delicacy

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival brings a taste of art and opportunities to make your own masterpiece.

    The festival returns to Harriman this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “We are just trying to celebrate the arts in Roane County,” said Becky Brunton, a member of the Arts Council of Roane County.

    Wares to be offered for sale include pottery, painting, jewelry and perhaps even mosaic.

    The festival also features craft opportunities. One such event includes making festival hats out of paper.

  • 17 Beta Club members heading to The Big Easy

    Seventeen Rockwood High School students will be going to New Orleans this month to compete at the Beta Club National Convention.

    “This is our first time taking this many students to the National Convention,” said Rockwood teacher and club sponsor Jessica Alred.

    “We qualified for nationals before, but we never took a group this big.”

  • Jail recertified, but officials mindful of crowding

    Despite persistent overcrowding, the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year during its meeting in Nashville on June 1.

    “We’re thankful for that,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Stockton, Chief Deputy Garvin Morris and Lt. Rick Baker attended the meeting in Nashville.

    “We’re still under a plan of action,” Stockton said.

    TCI jail inspector William R. Kane found nine deficiencies when he inspected the jail on March 9.

  • Board holds up Cox as example of student success

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes thanked Dr. Hannah Cox at last month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    The gratitude wasn’t because she helped him overcome an illness, but for being an example of what area graduates can accomplish.

    “Thank you for coming back and showing us what can be done,” Aytes said. “We appreciate that.”

  • Travelers leave boy behind

    An Arkansas child was accidently left at Harriman Weigel’s on Tuesday evening.

    Witnesses saw the child in the parking lot “looking frantic and crying,” according to Harriman police reports.

    The 10-year-old told the witnesses his parents’ phone number, and a store clerk contacted them. Timothy and Lisa Gieck returned to the store.

    According to reports, they stated they were on their way back to Arkansas and had stopped at Weigel’s for gasoline and their son had gone into the store to use the restroom.

  • OS mayor wants workers appraised

    Cecil Crowe has some changes in mind for Oliver Springs.

    The new mayor told the Board of Aldermen last month that he wants to reimplement employee appraisals and address ongoing issues in the water and sewer departments in the weeks and months ahead.

    Crowe said he would oversee the appraisal process, which will involve town employees, supervisors, the city manager and the police chief.

    “I just want us to make sure we have plenty of reviews and handle the workload equitably,” he said.

  • Sister squabble turns violent; 1 hurt, 1 jailed

    Police responded to a call about a stabbing at 3349 Harriman Hwy. on Monday.

    According to the report, sisters Brittany Murray and Buffy Murray got into an argument, and Brittany Murray allegedly stabbed Buffy Murray in the back with a knife.

    “When the victim’s shirt was removed to better treat her wound, Deputy Michael Murphy found an approximately 1-inch laceration on her back which was bleeding profusely,” the report said.