Local News

  • Money for Harriman coffers


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Harriman Industrial Development Board Chairman Bill Alexander, center right, presents a $60,000 check to Mayor Chris Mason, far right. The money is part of the finalized sale of some buildings on Devonia Street, which now houses facilities such as a tanning salon, nurse practioners’ offices and apartments for Roane State Community College athletes. Those on hand for the presentation include, from left, Harriman Industrial Board members Don Hensley, Mike Borum and Donna Demyanovich.

  • Harriman sign proposal business friendly

    A plan to change Harriman’s sign ordinance should make business owners off the main drag happy.

    The Harriman City Council recently approved first reading of a sign ordinance change that would permit directional signage allowed in the C-1 and H-1 districts, which are primarily in downtown and  its historical neighborhoods.

    Councilman Chris Ahler, who lives and has office space he shares with others on Trenton Street behind the Harriman Utility Board, said it’s a welcome addition.

  • No tax hike expected in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will have a budget workshop at 6 p.m. May 17 at City Hall.  

    The tentative 2016-17 city budget will be presented by Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. It is in Rockwood City Charter that the mayor will present the budget, said Rockwood City Administrator and Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Basically, I will meet with Council, and give them time to look over the budget, and see if they want to make any contributions,” Miller said Friday.

  • OS Depot on ‘endangered’ region listing

    The Oliver Springs Library and Museum — formerly better known as the Oliver Springs Southern Railroad Depot — has been named to the 2016 East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s “Endangered 8” of heritage sites for the region.

    The ETPA annually lists endangered sites, and this is the first year the Depot has been added to this list, according to a press release.

    The Depot has long been a source of pride for the town, and has been the subject of many restoration and rehabilitation projects since the 1980s.

  • RSCC professor assists on NASA Pluto project

    Ted Stryk has not been to Pluto, but he did serve on a team that contributed to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft that flew by the planet and its moons last July.

    The Roane State Community College assistant professor of philosophy and English is working on the continuing geology and geophysics investigation of the dwarf planet and its satellites.

    He spoke on the most recent findings of the project recently at the Roane State Oak Ridge campus.

  • County hinges hopes on grant for two deputies

    Sheriff Jack Stockton might not get the six road deputies he’s asked for in his budget, but he could get two.

    The Roane County Commission passed a resolution last week that authorizes County Executive Ron Woody to apply for a federal grant that would cover 75 percent of the salaries and benefits of two full-time officers for three years.

    “Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated,” Stockton told the commission.

  • Woman accused of using checks to cheat ex

    A Kingston woman is accused of using the child support checks she received from her ex-husband to defraud him.  

    Heather Michelle Melton was indicted for identity theft and computer crimes on Feb. 16. She was arrested on May 7 at the Food City in Kingston.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Melton spoke with Capt. Tim Hawn on Dec. 21 about someone using his bank account without authorization.

  • State funds repair roads

    Roane County drivers will benefit from more than $800,000 in state grants for repairs and upgrades to more than 8 miles of roads this year.

    The $200,000 provided by the state for road repair in 2015-16 has been augmented by about $610,000 for a total of $810,000.

    The state started cutting back on road funding almost a decade ago.

    This year’s bump in revenue was a one time bonus that will help make up for some of the cutbacks, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re tickled to have the extra money,” he said.

  • TOP2016GRADS

    The high school graduation season started Thursday with Mount Pisgah Christian Academy’s ceremony.

    Roane County’s public high schools will have their graduation exercises next week.

    The Roane County News is spotlighting all of the class of 2016’s valedictorians and salutatorians from Harriman, Midway, Mount Pisgah, Roane County, Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

    Calvary Baptist School did not have a graduating class this year.

    Graduation dates and times are also included.

    Harriman High School

  • Community remembers fallen officers

    Even the rain shed soft tears during a Wednesday morning memorial service honoring slain Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along friend, former lawman Mike Brown.

    Major thunderstorms held off during the 40-minute service, which also honored 13 other area officers who have died in the line of duty, but rain sprinkles and iron-gray clouds seemed to make the somber event even more mournful.

    “We are here to honor two great men, along with all those who have gone before us,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton as he opened the ceremony.