Local News

  • Baby starts treatment for tumor

    Kayden Christopher is only 6 months old, but he has already brought together the community around him and his family.

    If it were not for the shunt in his head, the sweet-natured child would not show obvious signs of the brain tumor that is threatening his life.

    However, the tiny youngster is now blind and fighting for his life, and his family have turned to their faith in God and prayers that the chemotherapy they are attempting will save his life.

  • Referendum mulled for Harriman sales tax hike

    From staff reports

    Harriman officials are considering a sales tax increase referendum to be placed on an upcoming ballot.

    The item is on the Harriman City Council agenda for discussion and possible action.

    The Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Earlier this year, Council members discussed ways to generate additional revenue to support city services.

    One idea was to approach residents to raise the sales tax rate, which would require a referendum put to the city’s voters.

  • Many show up for Islam talk; Aytes says schools not promoting religion of any kind

    A large crowd showed up at the Kingston Community Center Thursday night to hear Craig Honeycutt’s presentation on Islam in Tennessee schools.

    He said Islam was taught at his daughter’s middle school in Bristol.

    “I sat my daughter down and I said, ‘Honey, what do you want to do?’” he said. “Do you want to take the class, or do you want to take the zero?”

    Honeycutt said he was surprised when his daughter told him she wanted to take the class.

  • Fruit trees focus of Master Gardener winter workshop

    Master Gardeners of Roane County will have its annual winter workshop from 9 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

    The workshop will focus on fruit tree management. David Lockwood, University of Tennessee state fruit and nut specialist, will discuss growing fruit trees, grafting of fruit trees and proper pruning of fruit trees.

    There will be classroom time with Lockwood as well as hands-on grafting of apple trees.

    A day filled with education, grafting, lunch and door prizes is planned.

  • Fiesta Time Grill offers family-friendly dining

    A new source of tacos, burritos and other tasty South-of-the-border fare is coming to Rockwood.

    Fiesta Time hopes to be open today, Monday, and will be offering a variety of items at its location in the former Radio Shack storefront in Tyler Pointe shopping center.

    “Everything is going to be fresh — produce, meat,” said co-owner Jaime Ayala.

    “Everything is going to be cooked to order.”

    They hope to create a family-oriented atmosphere and want customers to feel welcomed like a special guest.

  • Hickman appointed city clerk of Oak Ridge

    Beth Hickman has been appointed Oak Ridge city clerk.

    Hickman formerly served as field representative for former Congressman Lincoln Davis in Rockwood. She previously was an executive assistant with The Roane Alliance.

    “Beth has been an Oak Ridge resident for many years and is familiar with the intricacies of our community,” Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said.

  • Woman charged with firing gun during dispute

    A 59-year-old woman was arrested on Jan. 31 for allegedly firing a gun during a domestic incident.

    Sharon J. Tinker, 1313 Mountain View Road, Rockwood, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment with a weapon involved.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Edwards was dispatched to Tinker’s address to investigate a report of a domestic involving a firearm.

    He said he spoke with Tinker when he arrived.

  • Work complete at double fatality site

    The scene of a terrible tragedy nearly two years ago recently became a little safer.

    Crossing gates, signs and bells were installed at the Mountain View Road railroad crossing near Harriman.

    “I’m happy to see this happen, but it’s a sad happiness because it took a tragedy of kids losing their lives to see this happen,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.


    Mary Trout used to walk to Harriman Food City, and she can still make it on foot to nearby United Grocery Outlet if need be.

    Now, she doesn’t have to.

    Instead, she can now rely on a new volunteer transportation program called Round About Roane.

    “It is a godsend,” Trout proclaimed Monday. “It is answers to a prayer, not just for me but a lot of people. It just so turns out it is helping me.”

  • Beleaguered assessor seeks second term

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is planning to seek another term.

    He filed his petition to run in the Aug. 4 election on Tuesday.

    “Roane County needs an honest man in this office, and I feel that most will agree we have that now,” Morgan said.

    Morgan was elected to the position in 2012 after defeating longtime incumbent Teresa Kirkham.

    His ability to do the job has been questioned throughout his tenure.