Local News

  • County rejects ankle bracelets

    A plan to appropriate $25,000 for an ankle-bracelet monitoring program failed to pass the Roane County Commission Monday night. Six commissioners voted for the resolution, and six voted against it.
    “Motion fails for lack of a majority,” Chairman James Brummett declared.
    Officials said an ankle bracelet program could have helped alleviate some of the overcrowding issues at the Roane County Jail.

  • Mom accused of holding boy for son to hit

    The case of a Rockwood woman accused of holding a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him was continued in Roane County General Sessions Court Monday.
    On March 20, Rockwood police responded to a call about an assault on a child at Courtney Square Apartments.
    The report said Rene T. Lee observed Latoya Brown push her 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.
    A witness told police Brown pushed “Dominic” down and then grabbed him by the shirt and held him so her son could hit him, police reported.

  • Joint project at lakefront

    Kingston City Council is supporting a Bethel Presbyterian amphitheater project that would be funded by the church, but operated by the city parks and recreation department.
    At a work session last week, officials placed conceptual drawings for Three Rivers Amphitheater on its April 9 council agenda for approval.
    The South Kentucky Street church first approached council with the project last year.

  • Harriman prepares for second ‘Great Land Sale’

    Now is the time for anyone interested in locating in downtown Harriman to take a good look around.
    Officials announced that more than a dozen city-owned buildings, including the former home of Roane Medical Center, will be available for tours in coming months.
    Mayor Chris Mason said the city has fielded a lot of questions about the fate of the buildings vacated by the hospital, which moved to a new building in Midtown.

  • TVA names new officer

    Charles G. “Chip” Pardee is the new executive vice president and chief generation officer of TVA.
    TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said Pardee will be responsible for optimizing TVA’s fleet of generation resources, including nuclear, coal, gas, hydroelectric and renewables, to meet energy demands across the Tennessee Valley.
    Pardee will also oversee TVA’s river operations, fuel procurement and power trading operations.

  • Train museum plans change

    After many ups and downs over more than a decade, it was decided this week that a new facility for the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum at Heritage Center would not be built due to budget constraints. 
    The lowest qualified bid for the 3,315-square-foot facility came in at nearly $1 million — 26 percent more than expected. The Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee’s Heritage Center, LLC, along with SARM, determined that the cost was prohibitive to move ahead with construction.  

  • Odd Lots: Documenting the quirky side of Roane County


    A figure dressed to be a small child was intended to casually lean up against this 1957 Chevy, but instead looks more like a victim after it blew over at the Rockwood Thunder Road car show Saturday .

  • Quirky crime of the day

    Altered bar codes reportedly allowed a man to dupe Walmart last month.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the man purchased two PlayStation 3 games at 9:47 a.m. on March 24.

    “At about 1:22 p.m. the same day he returned two cheaper PS3 games that had the bar codes to the ones from this morning on them,” the report said. “He was able to get his full money back on the games as security did not catch the altered bar codes until later in the day.”   

  • Did you know

    ... that Oliver Springs falls into three counties?
    Parts of the town lie in Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties.
    You might think that’s unique in the state of Tennessee.
    You’d be thinking wrong.
    According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, three other municipalities fall into three counties.
    They are Johnson City (Carter, Sullivan and Johnson counties) in northeast Tennessee; Milledgeville (Chester, Hardin and McNairy counties) in southwest Tennessee; and McKenzie (Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties) in northwest Tennessee.

  • Truck and tractor show at Roane State Expo Center

    Truck and tractor enthusiasts can get an eyeful at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this weekend at the Roane State Community College Exposition Center.

    At noon Saturday, a truck cruise-in will start at Roane State and travel toward Rocky Top General Store in Harriman, and then down Hwy. 29 and Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 70 before heading back to the college.