Local News

  • Barter brings its act to Roane

    The Barter Theatre, Virginia’s state theatre, did production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Roane County High School last week.

    Seen here is Helena, who is pursued by both Lysander and Demetrius. Lysander originally is in love with Helena’s friend Hermia, but a woodland spirit named Puck accidently uses a love spell on him instead of Demetrius.

  • Rockwood makes first payment to utility

    The city of Rockwood recently paid a portion of what is still owed in TVA funds to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Department.

    “It is the first time we’ve been able to make a payment,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe of the $18,500 payment.

    The remaining $100,000 debt is what the city owes for TVA funds designated for Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural
    Gas projects by the Roane County Eco-
    nomic Development Board after the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Watts Bar Utility District closes on $6.855 million loan

    Watts Bar Utility District of Roane, Rhea and Meigs counties has closed on a $6.855 million loan through the Tennessee Utility Assistance, LLC municipal finance program.

    The loan will be used to refinance outstanding bonds for significant interest cost savings of more than $726,000.

    Standard and Poor’s, one of the major credit rating agencies, assigned its “A+” rating to the Series 2013 Bonds.

  • Couple says armed robber demands pills

    A Kingston couple told police a man broke into their home armed with a handgun and robbed them of pills.

    The incident was reported on Feb. 6.

    Kingston police responded to 137 Scott Lane to investigate shortly after 5 p.m.

    The report said James Cooper and his wife, Lisa Johnson, told police a white male with blonde hair wearing a gray sweatshirt knocked on their side door and asked to use the phone.

  • Women accused of sneaking contraband to prison crew

    Two Loudon County women are in trouble with the law for allegedly trying to hide contraband for a state prison work crew.
    According to court records, Christina R. Moore and Ronda A. Henderson have been charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, possession of suboxone for resale, criminal trespassing, vandalism, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal facility, tampering with evidence and violation of the drug free school zone act.

  • Sulfur dioxide leak sets off alarm

    Leaking sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas, set off alarms at the Oliver Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant on Joel Road in Roane County Wednesday morning.
    A HAZMAT team dealt with the situation.
    “We don’t know what caused it. There was a leaking valve,” said Howie Rose, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. His and other agencies responded to the scene.

  • Rockwood takes aim at feral cat problem

    Feral cats and the number of animals on one property were addressed in ordinances approved in first reading by Rockwood City Council recently.
    The feral cat ordinance establishes a definition of a feral cat and cat colonies, what the ordinance calls “more than five free roaming cats.”
    Mayor James Watts said problems with cats are the reason behind the ordinances.

  • Saturday letter delivery to end

    Saturday mail delivery could soon become a thing of the past. The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it plans to transition to a Monday-through-Friday delivery schedule for mail.
    It will deliver packages Monday through Saturday.

  • Harriman man charged in beating

    A 29-year old Harriman man is in custody after allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend at her Wartburg home last Thursday.

    Eric W. Turner, of 2373 Sugar Grove Valley Road, was arrested by Roane County deputies and handed over to Morgan County officers late Monday night.

    Turner is facing assault charges for beating his 38-year old girlfriend.

    She is seven-months pregnant.

    According to the police report, Turner head-butted her in the face, pulled her hair out, and dragged her through the house.

  • Kingston sewer work


    Kingston street department workers Rick Crawford, left, and Jimmy Goodman confer over work extending sewerlines across Hwy. 70 between the Community Center and Watts Bar Lake. The goal is to eventually add public restrooms in the vicinity.