Local News

  • 2008 jail, Siteworx suit may be at end

    A nearly six-year-old lawsuit filed by Brian Mullins of Siteworx LLC could be on the verge of getting dismissed.

    “We’ve tried everything we can do to get the case prepared for trial, but the plaintiff just needs to get their legal counsel set to move forward,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

  • No boom in bldg. permit revenues over past few years

    Building permit revenue hasn’t boomed since the Roane County Codes Enforcement and Zoning Office moved to the white house on Third Street in Kingston.

    It actually dipped in the years following the move before ticking back up last year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said that’s because market conditions, not the location of the Codes Enforcement and Zoning Office, dictates the demand for building permits.

    “Your revenue is based upon the need, and the need is based upon the economy,” Woody said.

  • Brummett resigns from OS office

    For several years, James Brummett has worn two hats — alderman in Oliver Springs, and chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    That dual role came to an end Thursday, when the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen approved his immediate resignation from that governmental body.

    “I just feel I need to step back,” Brummett said Friday.

    His leadership role on the Roane County Commission, which he’s chaired since 2010, helped make the decision.

  • ELECTION 2014: Qualifying petitions picked up by 4 p.m. Jan. 3

    Qualifying petitions PICKED UP from the Roane County Election Commission as of 4 p.m. Friday:

    32nd District
    Republican Primary

    • Kent D. Calfee*

    • Frank V. Williams*

    Part 1

    • Jeffery Hill Wicks*
    Part 2
    • Dennis W. Humphrey*

    • Mike Farmer

  • Busy first day for election petitions

    Mike Farmer wants another shot at the office he got voted out of in 2010.

    On Friday, the former Roane County executive was one of 16 people who picked up qualifying petitions to run for office in the Aug. 7 county General Election and state primary.

    Friday was the first day candidates could do so.

    Though the list of hopefuls looks long to the casual observer, it’s “about average for the first day,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

  • Schools closed Tuesday, Jan. 7

    Dut to winter weather, Roane County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    It will be second day frigid weather has forced schools to be closed.


    ArcelorMittal is reopening its Harriman long-product finishing facility that closed in 2011.

    One of the world’s leading steel companies on Thursday announced its goal to be fully operational by April 2014, hiring 61 employees over the next two years.

    “Working hard to bring them back, we at The Roane Alliance are very happy of ArcelorMittal’s decision,” said Darrell Williams, The Roane Alliance’s vice president of business development.

  • DA wants Smoot back behind bars

    The District Attorney General’s Office sought to revoke accused killer Shawn Smoot’s bond because of a stalking allegation levied against him in Knox County.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the motion he filed attempting to do so didn’t go anywhere.

    “We anticipated doing that, but when you have a witness who says I’m not interested in coming to testify, it’s a little hard to carry your burden of proof,” Reedy said Thursday.

  • Initial reports indicate allergic reaction killed Rockwood woman

    A Rockwood woman found dead outside her mother’s home appears to have died from an allergic reaction.

    Janice Pugh Tollett, 52, was found behind her mother’s home at 404 Tedder St. on Dec. 15.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said initial reports have indicated the allergic reaction, but it will be a few more weeks before a full autopsy, including toxicology reports, would be back.

  • Troubled tavern up for permit for the third time

    It costs $252 to apply for a beer permit in Roane County.

    Roma L. Christopher has now spent $756, and still doesn’t have a permit to show for it.

    The Roane County Beer Board wouldn’t even hear her application when she applied in June of last year.

    She tried again a month later, and the board voted 4-0 to turn her down.

    “We’re going to try one more time,” she said. “That’s the only thing I know to do.”

    Christopher is scheduled to appear before the board for a third time on Jan. 14.