Local News

  • Driver honored with blood drive

    A beloved school bus driver was honored by a blood drive at Bowers Elementary Monday afternoon.
    The community decided to hold a blood drive for John Lewis.
    He has leukemia and is at home in hospice care.
    Initially the idea was to replenish supplies for his daily blood transfusions, but now the family looks at it as an opportunity to help others.
    “He said even though I can’t use it, somebody else could,” said his son David Lewis, who was giving his own donation Monday afternoon at Bowers Elementary.

  • McClure DUI hearing set for next week

    On Jan. 14, Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure is set for his first hearing on a driving under the influence charge.
    Police said McClure was found unresponsive in his vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.His initial hearing was first set for June 11, 2012, then rescheduled several times.
    Court records said McClure was found in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which was still running.
    An officer had to break a window to get into the vehicle.

  • Nuclear waste company changing hands

    EnergySolutions Inc. this week announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a subsidiary of Energy Capital Partners II LLC.
    The transaction is worth $1.1 billion, EnergySolutions said in a press release.
    The company’s Roane County operations include facilities on Bear Creek Road in Oak Ridge and Gallaher Road in Kingston.

  • Newest four named to TVA board

    The United States Senate confirmed Joe H. Ritch of Alabama, Michael McWherter and Vera Lynn Evans of Tennessee and C. Peter Mahurin of Kentucky to serve on the TVA Board of Directors.
    According to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office, the four nominees passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Jan. 1. 
    “Assuming the president signs all four confirmations, we will have eight members with one seat vacant,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “A quorum is a simple majority of five, so yes, we will then have a quorum.”

  • Suit to open child abuse files

    NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children’s Service has been reporting to a federal court for more than a decade on how it is handling foster care, yet it faces no such scrutiny of its handling of children suffering from abuse or neglect.

    The state reports that 120 children investigated by the Department of Children’s Services after reports of abuse or neglect died between 2009 and 2011.

    There were 31 more deaths during the first half of 2012, DCS says.

  • Environmental board seeks student member

    Do you know a sharp high school junior with a strong interest in the sciences and a driver’s license?

    The board that advises the county on environmental issues is looking for someone who meets that description to join its ranks.

    It won’t just be an appearances-only appointment; expanding recycling throughout county schools is one of the goals of the Roane County Environmental Review Board, and a student board member’s research and input could carry a lot of weight.

  • Dad jailed for slugging child who turned down soft drink

    A man allegedly hit his 6-year-old son in the face after the child told him he couldn’t drink juice or soda.

    Brent Isaac Litton, 29, is charged with child abuse in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Walker was dispatched to 123 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile, on Dec. 30 in reference to a domestic call.

  • 3 Roane teachers attain certification

    Three Roane County teachers recently obtained their National Board Certification.

    “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Director of Schools Gary Aytes. “It has been a two-year process for these folks, but they’ve done it.”

    The teachers are Richelle Barding, Cherokee Middle School language arts teacher; Brenda Cate, from Dyllis Springs Elementary School; and Lindsay Johnson, Oliver Springs Middle School science teacher.

  • Dunn Center closer to having facility property

    Michael Dunn Center officials are one step closer to their goal of acquiring the property on which the campus sits.

    Michael Dunn officials have requested the property, which is leased from the Roane County school system at $1 a year for a remaining 74 years, in order to sell it to raise money to build and relocate from their aging facility to a newer one.

    School board member Hugh Johnson made the initial motion to approve the transfer to the Roane County Commission.

  • Inappropriate text messages to teen lands man in jail

    A Harriman man arrested last Thursday is accused of “sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old female,” said Harriman Chief Randy Heidle.

    Benjamin Miller, 34, of 425 Byrd Ave., is charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

    He was taken into custody after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helmed by Harriman Detective Dan Schneider.

    Schneider said in an affidavit of complaint that Miller committed the crimes on or about Nov. 18, 2012.