Local News

  • State taking over Roane property reappraisals

    Updated, with additional quotes

    Roane County's upcoming property reappraisal is now out of the hands of the man who pledged to lower them on the campaign trail almost three years ago.

    Over Property Assessor David Morgan's pleas for his office to continue to work on the appraisals, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously Thursday afternoon in Nashville for the state to take over the task.

  • No school in Roane County on Friday

    It's an even two weeks for Roane County students.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes made the call late Thursday morning to close schools on Friday due to the added snowfall East Tennessee received overnight.

    The school system has one more snow day remaining after Friday. Aytes said he hopes students can return to class on Monday.

  • Aytes: Thursday school closing based on snow in forecast

    A chance of snow in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday is the reason Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes cited for closing school on Thursday.

    "I believe we would have gone without the additional snow," he said Wednesday afternoon.

    Aytes said the decision was based on the forecast, not what he was seeing on the weather radar.

    "I don't think there's any way we can avoid it," he added.

  • Grand jury clears deputy Mayes in shooting

    The Roane County grand jury declined to indict Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes in the Feb. 9 shooting of Christopher Lee Powers.

    After more than an hour of video presentation, testimony and discussion about the shooting, the grand jury determined Mayes’ actions were appropriate and may have even prevented others from harm.

    The shooting happened at the Airport Road Exit ramp off Interstate 40. District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to investigate the incident.

  • Winter continues its torment

    A man was found unresponsive on the side of Interstate 40 Monday afternoon. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton responded and called for an ambulance when he arrived at the scene.

    “I don’t know if he was suffering from frost bite, hypothermia or having a medical issue,” Stockton said. “It was hard to tell.”

    Stockton said they were eventually able to get the unresponsive man moving.

    “He may have been a transient,” Stockton said. “I’m not sure.”

  • Sheriff busy conducting safety checks

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s not sure how many welfare checks his office has conducted since last week’s bad weather hit, but “dozens and dozens” is a good estimate.

    “Luckily the rescue squad and OES and the road department have been helping us tremendously,” he said.

    On Feb. 19, the sheriff’s office posted a message on its Facebook page letting the public know deputies would be happy to do a welfare check on anyone who was without power or at risk due to the cold weather.

  • Man beaten with tree clippers

    A Harriman man was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center earlier this month with a fractured skull he suffered in an alleged assault.

    Kingston police charged Joshua Morgan, 23, with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary in the incident. Morgan allegedly used “a pair of long-handled tree clippers” to beat Matthew Honeycutt.

    The incident happened at 814 S. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Honeycutt was found laying in the front yard bleeding when police arrived.

  • Little left to be done after 2008 ash spill

    Cleanup of one of the worst environmental disasters in the country has ever seen continues to wind down in Swan Pond.

    Craig Zeller, remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said an inspection was conducted at the TVA ash spill site on Jan. 29. The final inspection is expected to occur this spring.

    “We have a few loose ends,” Zeller said.

  • Another huge cleanup in Roane County

    The cleanup of TVA’s massive coal ash spill is winding down near Kingston this year, but another massive effort is gearing up in the northeast corner of Roane County.

    Federal officials are down to the last cell in a Bear Creek Road landfill set aside for the demolition of contaminated K-25 buildings on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Another record for TVA production

    Arctic temperatures that averaged in single digits across much of the Tennessee Valley on Thursday, Feb. 19, resulted in record electricity demand of 694 gigawatt-hours for the 24-hour period.

    That’s the most energy ever required over a one-day period during February in Tennessee Valley Authority history and the third most overall for a 24-hour period.

    The all-time one-day record occurred last year when demand reached 703 gigawatt-hours on Jan. 7.