Local News

  • Taxes up on gas, down on groceries

    People who shop at the grocery store will soon pay less sales tax.

    As part of the IMPROVE Act, the tax on groceries will decrease from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1.

    “To put it into perspective, if a family spends $100 on food at the grocery store, they currently pay $5 in sales tax,” Gov. Bill Haslam’s Press Secretary Jennifer Donnals said. “Starting July 1, they will pay $4 in sales tax.”

  • Watkins contract on school board agenda

    When the Roane County Board of Education meets on June 8, one of the items on the agenda is expected to be consideration of a contract extension for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked that it be on the agenda for the meeting.

    Watkins has been on the job for less than a year, and Miller said he wants her to know that the board thinks highly of the job she’s done so far.

  • Monument honors women who served

    Roane County is still recovering from a powerful storm that rolled through the area Saturday night and knocked down trees and power poles, leaving thousands without electricity days later.

    “We’re still doing damage assessment,” said Scott Stout, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services.

    According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, winds within the damage areas were estimated at 70 to 80 mph. The storms did exhibit some rotation, but no tornado paths were found.

  • Homeowners group still billing county

    Roane County is still receiving bills from the homeowners association for The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision.

    The county is also still not paying the bills.

    “Until the Commission instructs me to pay them, I will not be paying them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Preserve at Clinch River is off Hwy. 58 in Oak Ridge.

    Roane County became the owner of some lots in the subdivision after no one purchased them at a back-tax sale.

  • To honor the FALLEN

    Terry Ward will see the names of the fallen comrades he knew from his stint in Vietnam when he joins other veterans on the Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C., in August.

    Each year Honor Air takes East Tennessee veterans to visit the memorials in honor of their sacrifice.

    “I wanted to do it since they started doing them and I heard about it,” said Ward.

    “I had a good buddy of mine I went to school with whose name is on there. He was killed his first day in Vietnam.”

    That man was Richard Patterson.

  • Restaurant manager calls the police — to report his wife

    A wife upset about the amount of time her husband has been spending away from home decided to confront him on Thursday.

    That led to the police being called to Jake’s Steakhouse and Tavern, where the husband works.

    “I was dispatched to Jake’s Tavern on a possible domestic,” Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas wrote in his report.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with Mr. Juan J. Leon and his wife, Mrs. Ashley Nichole Leon, standing out in front of the business.”

  • Woman hurt in Midtown crash

    A Harriman woman managed to avoid serious injuries when her car was struck by a tractor trailer Friday morning.

    The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Ruritan Road and Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Johnny Moore of Philadelphia was heading west on Hwy. 70 in a tractor trailer while 57-year-old Denise Easter of Harriman was at the stop light on Ruritan Road in her Mitsubishi Outlander. The light turned red for Hwy. 70 traffic and green for Ruritan Road traffic.

  • Man pledges he’ll ‘never do heroin again’

    A Ten Mile man vowed to never do heroin again after reportedly overdosing on the drug earlier this month.

    The incident happened in Rockwood. According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to 107 Evans Heights on May 15 shortly after midnight.

    “When I arrived the complainant Mrs. Kelly Hendrickson said her boyfriend Mr. James Ivory had overdosed on heroin and was passed out in the bathroom floor having seizures,” the report said.

  • State fines Riverbend One

    The owner of Riverbend One, a gas station at 3549 Decatur Hwy., was fined $25,080 by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation earlier this month.

    The fine was for violations of the Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act.

    According to the order, TDEC personnel discovered multiple violations during an inspection on April 30, 2015.