Local News

  • Harriman man killed in I-40 crash

    A Harriman man was killed in a crash Friday morning near mile marker 357 on Interstate 40.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports identified the man as 46-year-old Randall Norton.

    The report said Norton was behind the wheel of an eastbound Kia Spectra that struck a Freightliner in the rear and came to an uncontrolled stop in the far right lane of travel.

    The report indicated the Freightliner was traveling at a slower rate of speed up a hill due to a heavy load, and it is believed Norton did not notice the slower speed of the truck.

  • New OS water fee offers ‘leak insurance’

    Oliver Springs water department customers will see an increase on their bills in the coming months, but may opt out of the charge.

    The town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Thursday to approve a $1.55 increase per bill to cover insurance that will be provided through an outside company.

    The insurance will cover leaks up to $2,500 occurring within the lines that are the ratepayers’ responsibilities.

  • Weekend 4th biggest for power peaks

    Last weekend’s frigid temperatures made TVA history.

    “This past weekend’s cold weather was one for the record books,” said Patrick Walshe, manager of resource operations and analysis for transmission operations and power supply.

    “We experienced record weekend power peaks. And, since the temperatures stayed below freezing all weekend, a lot of energy was used.”

  • Pill conspiracy accomplice gets 10-year sentence

    Federal prison sentences continue to be dished out for the people involved in an East Tennessee pill conspiracy.

    Shannon Hill appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Jan. 4 to learn her fate. Varlan sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

    Hill, 37, was born in Roane County and graduated from Roane County High School in 1997.

    According to court records, she worked with Stephanie Puckett at four East Tennessee pain clinics between 2012 and March 2015.

  • Trio racks up child neglect charges

    A stepfather was charged with child abuse and neglect on Jan. 4.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies went to 104 Cedar Grove Street, Loudon, to conduct a welfare check on a 19-month-old child.

    “Once on scene, deputies were allowed into the home by Justin Sampson, the child’s stepfather,” the report said. “While inside the residence deputies observed a bent spoon, cut cigarette filters, and an orange cap to a syringe.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: New year means new state laws

    A number of new laws have taken effect in Tennessee this month.

    Since ignorance of the law is no excuse, it behooves us to keep track of these new regulations.

    For the most part it seems like the new laws will be beneficial to those in Roane County.

    Prescription drug abuse is a big issue in our community. It’s hard to find a local household that has not been touched by this problem whether it is because a family member is addicted or because the household has experienced crime related to addiction.

  • King’s legacy of faith to be honored in special service

    Rockwood’s third annual community worship service honoring the legacy of faith of Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for next weekend.

    “Come join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and our shared faith in Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Kara Foster of Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

    The service will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in First Baptist Church of Lenoir at 238 N. Lenoir Ave.

    The Rev. Erica Haigler of Speights Chapel will bring the message.

  • Security upgraded for holding facilities

    The inmate holding rooms at the Roane County Courthouse are not as stressful for Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    The completion of security upgrades to the holding rooms last year eased some of his concerns.

    “It sure helped relieve a lot of the stress from the what-ifs and what could happen,” he said.

    “That was just a place waiting to explode. We’re thankful no one got hurt before it was done.”