Local News

  • Tennessee officials divided on fiscal cliff bill voting

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, whose district includes Roane County, voted against the deal legislators reached to stave off the fiscal cliff.

    “As I have long said, we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” the Republican said in a prepared statement. “The bill sent back to the House not only allowed taxes to increase but increased spending by $330 billion. It was simply something I could not support.”

    The fiscal cliff was a series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect this month.

  • Witness in Houston trial charged with kidnapping

    A high-profile witness in the Houston brothers murder trials is in serious trouble with the law himself.

    Tobey Truman Yates, 35, of Ten Mile, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and simple possession on Dec. 28 after allegedly holding a woman captive for two days.

    Yates is scheduled to appear in court on the charges in February.

    The woman’s mother, Teresa Wiest, contacted authorities.

  • Berry completes Leadership program

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry was among 42 county and municipal government leaders who successfully completed the Local Government Leadership Program hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.
    UT faculty and private consultants led the three-day, invitation-only program that focused on personal leadership, stress management and ethics, and improving government effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Church to give away food

    From staff reports
    A tractor-trailer load of food will be distributed at Courts of Praise Church in Harriman starting 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.
    Food will be given out to the needy until supplies run out.
    “They need a valid driver’s license or photo ID,” said Dwayne Linger, one of the coordinators of the food pantry at Courts of Praise.
    Linger said it would be appreciated if people could bring their own boxes and bags in which to carry supplies.

  • Alliance official’s DUI case delayed

    The drunk-driving case against Darrell Williams has been postponed again.
    Kingston police charged him with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent following a lunchtime crash on Sept. 17.
    Williams, 51, was the vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance at the time of his arrest, and he still holds that position.
    His court date in the case was set for Nov. 12, but got reset to Dec. 10.
    Williams’ attorney, Tom McFarland, reportedly had a conflict that day, so the case was rescheduled for March 4.

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  • Mediators for TVA ash spill suits selected

    Two people have been selected to serve as mediators in the litigation over the TVA ash spill.
    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan granted a motion by the plaintiffs to refer the cases to mediation in November and ordered the parties to select a mediator within 30 days.
    The parties settled on Pamela L. Reeves and Rodney A. Max to serve as joint mediators.
    The judge issued an order on Dec. 21 approving the selections.
    “The court finds the parties’ joint proposal regarding the selection of mediators acceptable,” Varlan wrote.

  • Health-care law may impact county jobs

    Roane County may have to closely monitor how it uses part-time workers because of the Affordable Care Act.
    “We will be doing further research on this topic, but in the event the ‘30-hours rule’ goes into effect, Roane County may need to review our budgets and various temporary part-time positions,” County Executive Ron Woody wrote in his January newsletter.
    Woody addressed the issue because of a discussion that happened last month at the Association of County Mayors conference in Nashville.

  • Beard to fill county parks job

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has filled the vacant parks and recreation director job.
    The new hire, Mike Beard, won’t be acting alone, however.
    Woody said Beard will share the director duties with Stacey McElhaney, who was already handling some of the job’s responsibilities.
    “We have full-time coverage with two part-time individuals,” Woody said.
    Woody said Beard is a chemical engineer who works part time at Midway Middle School.

  • Kids reach out to Sandy Hook

    Several Harriman Middle School students decided they wanted to do something to support the children and families left devastated after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., last month.
    After only four days, at least four full boxes had been filled with teddy bears headed to the Newtown Fire Department for distribution. 
    “They lost their friends, maybe their brothers and sisters,” said Carly Harmon, who came up with the idea for the teddy bears.