Local News

  • State brags on Roane County audit


    Roane County government’s annual audit turned up a perfect score of zero. That is, the state Comptroller’s auditors found no examples of problems with the county’s management or bookkeeping practices for the fiscal year that ended last June 30.

    Auditors found no problems with the county’s financial statements.

  • Civil War talk set at Kingston library


    Author and Civil War historian Gerald L. Augustus will speak at Kingston Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m.

    The topic will be “The Civil War in Tennessee,” concentrating on events in East Tennessee.

    Augustus is a retired teacher and principal from Lenoir City Schoools.

    Originally from Kentucky, he received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He is an avid collector of all things Civil War.

  • TVA ASH SPILL: Cleanup workers: Protection requests rejected

    Knoxville attorney James K. Scott has asked a federal judge to deny a motion to dismiss filed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

    Scott filed a lawsuit against Jacobs in federal court last year claiming the contractor lied to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash and rejected requests to wear masks and respirators.

    The lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs. Jacobs has asked for a dismissal, contending its entitled to discretionary function immunity.
    Scott disagrees.

  • Rockwood fire affects Long family

    Rockwood Fire Department put out a fire around 7 a.m. Tuesday at an outbuilding belonging to Councilwoman Jane Long and her husband, former councilmember Glen Long.

    “It appears to be accidental,” said Matt Crabtree, assistant fire chief.
    Rockwood Police Department’s Bill Stinnett was driving to work on Lakemont Heights, where the Long’s live when he saw the flames and called it in.

  • False alarm rules to be revived by Rockwood City Council

    An ordinance that would require a permit for alarm systems and fine repeated security false alarm offenders may have been tabled by

    Rockwood City Council, but officials are keen to see it back on the agenda in the future.

    Having an alarm go off and not knowing who to contact when they arrive is one reason Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright gave for having permits.

    “Sometimes we have alarms where we don’t have anyone listed as a responsible person to call,” Wright said.

    “That is the whole point, to make sure we have the documentation and the contacts for people to help us.”

  • Rockwood to send out texts in emergencies

    Want to help the police when they are looking for a suspect, a missing child or want to know when other emergencies are happening in the community?

    Rockwood Police Department is encouraging people to sign up for the wireless alert system to keep up with emergencies in the city. The system will send out text messages to alert residents of emergency information.

    “We want to make sure it is only used for emergencies, so when it does go off you see it and you do know it is an issue,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.

  • COLD!

    With frozen pipes, dead car batteries and frosty fingers, Roane County emerged from a polar vortex the likes of which had not been seen in two decades.

    It took everything TVA had to supply power to the region as temperatures dipped to the zero mark and wind chills well below that.

    Strain on the power system was so high that TVA initiated a rare power supply alert — a precautionary declaration that an unexpected shutdown of a transmission system or generating system could cause outages.

  • Nelson for judge, Ellis for clerk

    Kim Nelson’s tenure as Roane County circuit court clerk could be one term.

    This week, Nelson announced plans to run for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    “I’m preparing to run, and I have picked up papers to begin this process,” she said.

    Nelson was elected circuit court clerk in 2010. She replaced multi-term clerk Angela Randolph, who did not seek re-election that year.

    The race for judge will not include an incumbent, either.

  • Midtown gets more sewer aid

    Roane County has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant that will be used to provide sewer access to low-income residents in Midtown.

    “That’s a good thing for Roane County to be able to sewer another area of the county,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s good for the citizens down there who were having problems with septic systems.”

    The state grant is for $487,067 and requires a $72,781 match from the county.

  • Fires keep Harriman officials busy

    Harriman firefighters put out a fire at an unoccupied home 212 Morgan St. early Sunday morning.

    It was the second fire there in the last couple of years, according to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “It appeared to be in the stairwell to the second floor,” Goss said.

    Another fire, at 421 Morgan St., was on Sunday, Dec. 29.

    No one was hurt in that late night fire that heavily damaged the home.