Local News

  • Vice principal arrested again

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna Renee Moore was arrested on Saturday.
    Oliver Springs police charged her with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Moore was booked at the Anderson County Jail.
    According to the incident report, officer Shannon Runyan was dispatched to the skating rink on Tri-County Boulevard late Friday on a complaint that a parent who arrived to pick up their child was possibly intoxicated.

  • Inmates help spruce up Rockwood

    Free labor has done a lot toward freshening the look of Rockwood municipal facilities.
    Fresh green paint is on the walls inside Rockwood City Hall, and new windows for city services are also being installed.
    “There are a lot of things going on to make this a better place,” Councilman Bill Thompson said.
    The paint and windows are just some of the many remodeling tasks tackled with the help of inmates from Morgan County Correctional Facility.
    “I’m really proud our building is beginning to shape up,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • REACH concert a charity fundraiser

    After missing its fundraising goal last year, Operation REACH is starting early in 2013.
    “That’s what it’s going to take,” President Jane Ollis said.
    A benefit concert featuring Ten Foot Grave and Site 109 is scheduled at Midway High School on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Butler, the school resource officer for Midway, said the concert is free, but donations for REACH are appreciated. 
    “Everyone is welcome,” he said.

  • Woody issues tax-rate warning

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has expressed concerns that an increase in the county’s property tax rate could hurt its chances to recruit industry.
    The rate is currently $2.18 per $100 valuation.
    The rate could rise this year with the school system facing a budget shortfall.
    At the same time, school and county officials are looking to beef up security at the schools.


    Rocky Houston couldn’t make up his mind on Friday.

    A hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Knoxville to address several motions he filed with the court.

    He initially told U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. he wanted to argue only one, but by the end of the hearing he ended up arguing all of them.

    Houston’s wavering, along with his continued tangents about alleged conspiracies, resulted in a long-winded hearing that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours.   

  • Kingston manager retiring

    Kingston will lose a stalwart come April 26, when city hall staple Jim Pinkerton logs his last hours as city manager.

    Pinkerton turned in his resignation on March 13, the day after the monthly Kingston City Council meeting.

    The announcement, which went out to the mayor and city council members in the form of an official letter, was reportedly a surprise to everyone, and some council members visited his office that day to implore him to reconsider.

    But Pinkerton said he is firm in his decision.

  • Harriman new part of national grant network

    Harriman put aside city money last year in hopes the city might become part of a national grant network that helps non-profit organizations and other grant seekers search for funding resources and other assistance.

    “The city of Harriman has been awarded the Foundation Library which is incredible news,” gushed Sarah McCoin to Harriman City Council last week.

    She said it will essentially serve the Ninth Judicial District and Cumberland County.

  • Calfee: Too busy to be in the spotlight

    Kent Calfee hasn’t made any national headlines during his first few months as a state representative.
    He said that’s been by design and good luck.

    “I’ve just kind of kept my head down and been trying to learn the system,” he said.

    Calfee, a former Democrat, defeated Julia Hurley in last year’s Republican Primary.

    In the General Election, he went on to beat Democrat Jack McNew and Independent Allen Cole in House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • Harriman aims to fix saggy floors in Temperance Bldg.

    Harriman’s most historic building is closer to getting desperately needed structural repairs.

    The Temperance Building’s basement and foundation are in poor shape, and work to repair those and a leaking roof have been bid out.

    “The floor is sagging,” said Mike Demyanovich, who serves on a committee committed to restoring the building.

  • Building codes on agenda for Harriman work session

    Harriman City Council will discuss the 2012 International Building Codes with building inspector Maria Nelson during a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    Council members will be voting on ordinances to adopt the 2012 International Building Codes next month.