Local News

  • Grill-N-Pub up for beer permit — again

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

    One of the items on the agenda is a beer permit application for Roma Christopher.

    She was scheduled to appear before the beer board last month, but her hearing was postponed.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said it was done at the request of Christopher’s attorney.

    Christopher’s application has been controversial because she’s planning to operate at the Grill & Pub under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.

  • Woman accused of letting 11 kids drink, smoke pot

    A Harriman woman allegedly allowed 11 juveniles to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana during a birthday party at her home last year.

    Kimberly Lynn Hall, 47, faces 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was arrested at her home, 721 Dogwood Drive, last Wednesday.

  • Harriman Happenings, Feb. 10

    Get-well wishes to Pam Lively, who recently had surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    We will miss you, so hurry and feel better.

    We were saddened when we received the news that Robert Nabbe is very ill. He is a former resident of Harriman.

    Remember to keep him in our prayers. God still heals.

    Happy birthday to my great granddaughter, who celebrated her 20th birthday Feb. 6.

    My nephew, Dan Keith Anderson, will celebrate his birthday Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Kingston rewards positive behavior

    Balloons and streamers filled the dimly lit Kingston Elementary School gymnasium, accompanied by the smell of freshly made popcorn. Young girls huddled together, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs.

    Based on the smiles seen on both boys’ and girls’ faces, Kington’s Winter Dance on Jan. 27 was a success on many levels.

    School officials held the dance as part of their Schoolwide Positive Behavior system.

  • 72 days under the sea

    Two Roane State faculty members plan to live under the surface of the ocean for 72 days this fall semester.

    If successful, they will not only set a world record for living underwater, but will also provide a unique educational experience by teaching from their underwater quarters.

  • Pemberton also seeks to be judge

    Another candidate has joined the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Mike Pemberton filed his petition with the Roane County Election Commission on Monday.

    “I’ve practiced law for 30 years, and have tried a lot of lawsuits,” he said. “I’ve always had an interest in being a judge and now is the time.”

    Pemberton, a Rockwood native, joins Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson and Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland as candidates in the race.

  • Rockwood retiree sets sights on falls

    For nearly 33 years, Roy Cook has been the go-to guy to fix a city vehicle or climb around the ceiling of Rockwood City Hall laying wire for a sound system.

    He even made Christmas ornaments at the city hall.

    “They kept sending paychecks every two weeks,” Cook quipped. “And I enjoyed the work.”

    Cook was head mechanic before he recently retired.

    City officials say they’ll miss him.

    “Roy’s loss is going to be a tremendous loss to the city of Rockwood,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Duke Energy contacts TVA

    Duke Energy reached out to TVA following the ash spill this week at Duke’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C.

    TVA spokesman Scott Brooks confirmed Duke’s call for help.

    TVA knows first-hand what it’s like to deal with an ash spill. On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash.

  • Truck versus trees
  • Plucked from the ice

    Neil Crass hadn’t used the boat he purchased last year.

    “I bought it to duck hunt in and had never gotten to take it out,” he said. “About two weeks ago I was thinking, why in the world did I buy this boat?”

    He’s not asking any more.

    Crass, his son, Hunter, and Blair Volunteer firefighter Larry Sather used the boat Saturday to rescue three boys who had fallen into the Emory River.

    The incident began around noon on Saturday in the area of 161 Lakewood Estates Lane.