Local News

  • Checking things out

    A Tennessee Department of Transportation crew checks supports under the Interstate 40 bridge near the Midtown exit Wednesday.

  • Blizzard of ’93 left lasting legacy

    This week, on March 12, marked the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest weather events Roane Countians have ever witnessed.

    What they may not realize is the impacts of the Blizzard of 1993 are with them to this day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager, who spent more than two decades as Roane County’s executive, was in charge at the time. Yager, who had just started his third of six terms, remembers the event well.

    “We had heard days in advance — the perfect storm is about to come,” he said.

  • Annexation talks simmer

    When stirrings of Midtown annexation along Hwy. 70 renewed, it didn’t take long for Midtown business owners to once again let their feelings of disapproval be known.

    Recently, Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson complained that area businesses, including some outside the city limits, have thrived as a result of investment Harriman has put into the Midtown corridor.

  • Parting shot: Oliver Springs' Christopher scores for the Lady Mocs

    Former Oliver Springs High School star Kayla Christopher (No. 3) celebrates following Chattanooga’s 64-63 victory over Davidson in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game Monday evening in Asheville, N.C.

    Christopher, a senior, scored 7 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.2 seconds remaining, to give the Lady Mocs the victory.

    The victory also gives Christopher and her Lady Moc teammates a berth in the NCAA Tournament that starts next weekend.

  • Legislative relief for ash-spill impacts?

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee are sponsoring a bills in the General Assembly that would provide relief for delinquent taxpayers because of the TVA ash spill.

    “For tax years 2009 and 2010, requires the waiver of all delinquent tax penalties and the reduction of interest to a rate of 5 percent, for delinquent taxpayers who had real property damaged by a coal ash spill,” a summary of the bill states. “Requires eligible taxpayers to apply for such relief to the assessor of property.”

  • Edgewood land transferred to Dunn Center

    The Roane County Commission approved a resolution allowing transfer of the Old Edgewood School building and property on Gallaher Road to the Michael Dunn Center.

  • Sequestration has county impact

    Automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester could impact county coffers.

    “The sequestration has held up our DOE (Department of Energy) in-lieu-of-tax payments,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told the budget committee last week. “It’s almost $1 million.”

    Woody said he believes the county will still get the money, but it could be less than expected.

    “I think it could be cut some, but I don’t think they will do away with the whole thing,” he said.

  • Murder trial a go April 3 — maybe

    The Ralph O’Neal murder trial is on the docket for the current Roane County Criminal Court term, but prosecutor Bill Reedy isn’t overly optimistic.  

    “At this point, it’s a yes, but you got to understand that this case involves multiple people who are in federal custody,” he said. “Getting these people back from the feds for trial purposes is like trying to orchestrate the thing (sequester) that’s going on in Congress right now.”  

  • Houston wants jury pool of 500

    His work may not be elegant, but Rocky Houston has been moving forward with self-representation in his federal firearms case.

    He has filed several handwritten motions with the U.S. District Court in Knoxville. He wants to enlarge the jury pool, recuse U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr., and suppress video evidence in the case.

    A federal grand jury indicted Houston in January on 14 counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. He faces up to 140 years in prison.

  • Vic King joins school board

    It took a change of the playbook, but now it’s official.

    Former Roane County High School football coach Vic King is a Roane County Board of Education member.

    On Monday, the Roane County Commission approved King filling the remainder of the seat of Marjorie Earick of District 5/6, who was elected to a four-year term last August.

    Earick recently decided to step down because of her husband’s illness.