Local News

  • 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.

  • Puckett sentenced to two years for role in pill mill

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan was lenient with Michael Puckett on Wednesday, but not as lenient as his supporters had hoped. Varlan sentenced Puckett to two years in federal prison for his role in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “I’m sorry,” Puckett said during his opportunity to address the court.

    Puckett, 45, pleaded guilty last June to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of oxycodone.

  • Video arraignment system mulled

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is looking into installing a video arraignment system at the jail.

    “We’re trying to get it set up,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We’re fixing to get a requisition written up.”

    The system would allow inmates to be arraigned at the jail and not have to be taken to the courthouse.

    “Technology can save time, money and help with security,” Stockton said.

  • Recovery Court offers a second chance

    Earnest Bright said he easily blew through paychecks to feed his addiction.

    “It took my home. It took my car. Took my family. It took everything from me,” he said. “It put me in jail, took my freedom ...

    “It takes your paycheck. Everything you make is gone as soon as you get it.”

    Bright is among three people who are the first to participate in Roane County Recovery Court.

  • DIRECTOR SEARCH: School staffers may get interview promise

    The Roane County Board of Education’s director of schools search committee is recommending that any current employee who applies for the job get an interview.

    “That will be part of it when we recommend this to the full board,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller, along with two other members of the search committee – Board Members Sam Cox and Vic King – discussed the search process during a meeting on Monday.

  • Reminder: Property taxes due by month’s end

    February is the final month to pay 2015 property taxes without penalty.

    To accommodate the expected rush, Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office at the courthouse will open on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    She said her office plans to stick to its normal hours for the rest of the month.

    The trustee’s office is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

    The courthouse will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day.

  • TVA meetings to address ash disposal options

    TVA is hosting information open houses this week to receive comments from the public about options for disposal of ash and other coal combustion products at its Bull Run and Kingston Fossil Plants.

    The open house on Bull Run will take place today – Wednesday – at the Oak Ridge Civic Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The open house on the Kingston Fossil Plant is scheduled for Thursday at Roane County High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Roane County High School is located on Cumberland Street in Kingston.

  • Having A Grand Time


    Oliver Springs Middle School  Principal Nancy Wilson combines work with family time while she has fun with her grandson, Dawson “Thumper” Justes, at Thursday’s Area 4 AA Tournament at Wartburg Central Middle School.

  • Bldg. inspections to stay in Harriman

    Harriman officials decided against using the Roane County building inspector’s office for now.

    The Harriman City Council wavered on the issue in recent weeks, weighing pros and cons of contracting with the county for building inspections after building inspector Maria Nelson left for Maryville.

    “It had less to do with the wording of the agreement and was based more upon operational aspects of the program, plus cost projections for it,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Medical condition believed to cause Thursday crash

    A medical condition is believed to have played a factor in a crash involving a Ten Mile man on Thursday.

    The accident happened on River Road around 3 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Douglas Wineinger was negotiating a curve when he lost control of his 2005 Buick Lacrosse, described as vehicle 1 in the crash report.

    “Vehicle 1 then traveled off the road side right impacting an embankment near a private driveway,” the report said.

    “Vehicle 1 then went airborne and rotated right 90 degrees.”