Local News

  • Historical Society continues to improve Abston building

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society continues to make progress at its headquarters building located at the intersection of Winter’s Gap Road and Roane Street in downtown Oliver Springs.

    “There’s some fabulous history here,” said state Rep. Kent Calfee, who was at the building for an event honoring Richard Davis, an Oliver Springs educator and charter member of the Historical Society.

  • Elderwatch hosts program about Medicare, assistance

    Roane County ElderWatch is sponsoring a free program to provide an overview of Medicare, how to access assistance programs such as the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Plans, and a question and answer session with a panel of local experts.

    The program will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Kingston First Baptist Church, 215 N. Kentucky St. To pre-register call 354-0450.

  • Correctional officer dies in wreck

    A Harriman man who worked as a correctional officer at the Morgan County Correctional Complex died following a motorcycle crash in Harriman on Tuesday.

    It happened in front of the Family Dollar on South Roane Street around 4:30 p.m.

    According to Harriman police, Kevin Bagwell was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a car driven by LaCleeta J. Wright.

  • A Faithful History

    A lot has changed in Roane County since 1826, but one thing has remained the same and that’s the love Swan Pond United Methodist Church has for the community for the past 190 years.

    “It’s amazing because the church is isolated up here. People don’t even know it’s here,” lay leader Mike Hill said of the church that is nestled in the woods off Swan Pond Road. “But it’s a good church. We’ve always had real good preachers.

  • Local utility sues developer, Roane County

    From staff reports

    A lawsuit filed by Roane County Board of Public Utilities against a local developer and the County seeks to determine the ownership of a sewer system and treatment plant.

    The suit, filed in circuit court last month, also seeks corrective action to fix possible problems with the operation of the sewer system that services about 100 homes in the Grande Vista Bay subdivision, referred to as “GVB.”

  • Police catch up to carjacking suspect

    The man suspected in a Tuesday morning carjacking was taken into custody late that afternoon.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities arrested Joshua Redford at the Food City in Oak Ridge around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    “He was probably high all day long,” Stockton said. “It appears that he was. He had drug paraphernalia and stuff with him when we captured him. He had his syringes and all that stuff.”

  • WWII veteran celebrates turning 101

    At 101 years old, Webster “Bud” Chapman” remembers clearly the day in November 1942 when his U.S. Army unit under the command of General George Patton landed on the shores of North Africa.

    The beach at Casablanca was defended by French and German troops. A German patrol boat captured his small unit shortly thereafter, but within three days the French and Germans had surrendered and he was released.

    “The Germans tried to make the French fight, but they didn’t want to fight,” he said.

  • Sign vandals strike at park

    Someone defaced a Hillary Clinton sign on the hill outside of Roane County Park.

    The man who put the sign there, Democrat and Clinton supporter Bob Cowan, said he has no plans to remove it, despite the black paint that was sprayed on both sides of the sign.

    Cowan said the way he sees it, the ones who don’t like Clinton may be less inclined to steal the sign with it defaced.

  • Woman dies in pickup accident

    A Harriman woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened in the southern part of the county on River Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased as Chalcy Hepp. She was 41.

    According to the report, she was traveling south on River Road in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck.

    “It left the roadway on the right side,” the report said. “Driver 1 (Hepp) then overcorrected, re-entered the roadway and while entering the roadway again, vehicle 1 (the pickup truck) started to spin.”

  • Police catch up to fleeing suspect

    An afternoon foot pursuit on Sept. 8 resulted in the arrest of a man reportedly wanted by authorities. Robert Homer Moore is charged with failure to appear, violation of probation and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, police received information that Moore was at 103 Kingwood St. and he had active warrants.

    “Upon arrival, officers made contact with Mr. Moore,” the report said.

    “Officers asked Mr. Moore to stop and he began to run from officers.