Local News

  • Volkswagen opens its doors in Roane County

    Volkswagen’s $40 million, 400,000-square-foot warehouse-
    distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park had its first official day of initial shipment of inbound material last week. The center will distribute auto parts for the Passat, which is made at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. It will also distribute other Volkswagen and Audi vehicle parts.

  • Fight for life makes living it even better

    Devastating fear, tears and fighting determination.

    Alma Johnson knew all those emotions the day she learned she had breast cancer in 2009.

    “I went to the doctor knowing something was wrong. I had a sharp pain — and then I felt it. I am a fanatic about breast exams,” Alma said.

    It took her a few days to take action that winter.

    “You have to process it two or three days before you finally say, listen something is going on,” she said.

  • Tense moment for The Great Contender

    Oliver Springs sweetheart Janelle Arthur survived another week of competition on “American Idol.”

    Tensions were high for the popular country crooner, in the midst of her third time competing on the FOX talent-show-type series.

    She and contestant Burnell Taylor received the fewest viewer votes, but relief swept over the 23-year-old blonde entertainer and her East Tennessee fan base when host Ryan Seacrest announced Arthur was safe for another week with Taylor’s elimination from competition.

  • Operator teaches ups, downs of crane biz

    The hefty yellow cranes looming at the end of Franklin Street in Kingston aren’t just eyecatchers.
    They are a sign of opportunity.
    Sylvan Enterprises started doing business in Kingston last fall. John Augustine, who owns the business with his wife, Ann, offers crane operator training, crane inspections, and rigging/signal-person training.
    “I thought there would be interest in the county,” Augustine said.
    The venture started in 2006 in Oak Ridge. Business  took off from there. 

  • Bayside Marina owner sued

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider has been sued for an incident that happened on April 29, 2012.
    Dorothy Smith, Dorothy Upton, Jack Wagner and Julian Winkfield are each seeking $100,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. Attorney Chris Cawood filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court on March 28.
    Smith and Upton, the lawsuit said, co-owned a mobile home located on a lot at Bayside Marina.
    On the day of the incident, Wagner and Winkfield were at the marina to help Smith and Upton move the mobile home.

  • Demolition picks up pace

    Harriman officials try to set aside money every year for the demolition of abandoned, dilapidated homes.
    This year the city voted to tear down three more: a burned-out structure at 706 Siluria St. and buildings at 516 Henderson St. and 104 Douglas Ave.
    Building inspector Maria Nelson said the real success in the city cleanup effort is the increasing number of buildings owners themselves demolish.

  • Meth lab suspect also charged with littering

    An agent with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency charged two people with manufacturing meth  over the Easter weekend.
    Katlen Bionnca Ashbrook, 23, and Andrew Keith Ladd, 22, were still in custody at the Roane County Jail Thursday morning, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office website.
    TWRA Agent Brad Daugherty saw Ashbrook and Ladd while he was patrolling a lake access site on Peninsula Road.

  • Learn a new language on state’s dime

    Learning a new language just got a little easier, thanks to a new service that’s being offered by the Tennessee Electronic Library.
    Powerspeak Languages, an interactive online experience, allows everyone in Tennessee to learn new languages on their own schedules. This program is ideal for students, business professionals, leisure travelers, or anyone who simply wants a new skill.

  • Film gives Christian take on body image

    Harriman native Daryl Hall’s first film, Fat Boys, is a comedy with a heavy message.

    The longtime youth pastor, worked with a mashup of people from East Tennessee to produce his first film, a Christian comedy called Fat Boys that focuses on the image issues of obesity.

    “It just came to me one night,” Hall said.  

    The premise is “how a group of fat boys interact with one another.”

  • Beef thieves captured ... on the hoof

    A pair of pantyhose was used in an alleged meat caper at the Rockwood IGA last month.
    Annie Smith, 60, is charged with theft in the incident. Her 46-year-old alleged accomplice, Randy Harris, is charged with theft and evading arrest.
    Harris assisted Smith in hiding $206.89 worth of filet mignon in her pantyhose, Rockwood police allege in a report on the incident. The theft was captured by the store’s security video, according to the report.