Local News

  • Scam over deeds continues

    Roane County Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said scammers are still trying to con property owners into thinking they need to pay a big fee in order to get a copy of their deed.  

    “It’s all over the state of Tennessee they’re doing this,” she said.

    She issued a warning about the scam last year, but wanted to give another because it’s still going on.

    The scammers mail property owners a letter asking them to send money to a local records office to get a copy of their deed.

  • Frisbees, robots, kids ... oh my!

    When Roane County High School started a robotics team this year, the notion of going to the international competition wasn’t even a thought.

    However, that is just what Full Metal Jackets will be doing when they leave for St. Louis April 23 for the world championship.  

    “There will be 400 teams competing,” said Cynthia Holmes.

  • Saturday mail delivery to continue

    Saturday mail delivery looks like it will continue in Roane County along with the rest of the country.

    Earlier this year the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to start a Monday-through-Friday delivery schedule for mail starting in August.

    Those plans have been scuttled because of the continuing resolution recently passed by Congress, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors last week. The continuing resolution funds the government.

  • Local runner at Boston Marathon OK, official says

    Harriman resident and 2013 Boston Marathon participant Tara Stockton wasn’t harmed in Monday’s explosions, according to Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips. Stockton’s husband is Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “I know that Tara’s OK because I talked to her,” Phillips said.

    Two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

  • Garden Club anxious to share

    Harriman’s best gardeners know a thing or two about growing things — and they love to share tips with anyone who will listen.

    “Check the fingernails and you can tell who is a gardener,” quipped Mary Mathis, showing hers.

    She has been a part of Harriman Garden Club for at least 17 years.

    She and many other longtime members don’t tire of the fellowship of gardening and the work that comes with it, including community projects at Harriman’s Rivefront Park.

  • Mind-blowing ‘Dance’ puts Janelle in top 5

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur is now in the top 5 in this season’s “American Idol.”

    The country crooner joins four other female singers in FOX’s reality television talent show.

    She got there despite some disheartening reviews from the judges on her performances of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

    “I feel like I’m just doing the best job that I can,” Arthur said behind the curtains.

  • Mom denies she held 10-year-old boy for her son to beat

    The Rockwood woman accused of holding a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him insists she’s innocent.

    “I didn’t touch that kid,” Latoya Brown said.

    Brown, 33, is charged with assault in the incident that occurred at Courtney Square Apartments in Rockwood on March 20.

    According to a police report, Rene T. Lee said she observed Brown push her 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.

  • Toho gets TVA boost

    Toho Tenax America Inc. received $227,964 in incentives last week from the Tennessee Valley Authority to pay for an energy-efficiency project at the company’s Rockwood plant.

    The company installed new higher-efficiency lighting fixtures to replace existing lights as part of Rockwood Electric Utility’s Energy Right Solutions for Industry Greater than 5 Megawatts program.

    “Over 1,200 light fixtures were either replaced or modified,” said Derek J. Kahle, project engineer with Toho Tenax.

  • April flowers find appreciation

    A jaunty breeze drifts flower blossoms and their fragrance through the air on a hill overlooking both the Tennessee and Clinch rivers and Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point.

    “This is our own private park overlook,” Jim Miller said. “It is one of the most historical views from Roane County.”

    The property of Jim and Carrie Miller is a popular destination for floral lovers, including the Harriman Garden Club, which has seen members visit numerous times over the years.

  • Career Day at Roane State

    Local Roane County businesses talked with every eleventh grade student from all five Roane County schools at the fifth annual High Schools Career Day put on by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce.  
       In the Roane State Community College gymnasium students were able to learn about different career paths and what education or training could be required.