Local News

  • Sulfur dioxide leak sets off alarm

    Leaking sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas, set off alarms at the Oliver Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant on Joel Road in Roane County Wednesday morning.
    A HAZMAT team dealt with the situation.
    “We don’t know what caused it. There was a leaking valve,” said Howie Rose, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. His and other agencies responded to the scene.

  • Rockwood takes aim at feral cat problem

    Feral cats and the number of animals on one property were addressed in ordinances approved in first reading by Rockwood City Council recently.
    The feral cat ordinance establishes a definition of a feral cat and cat colonies, what the ordinance calls “more than five free roaming cats.”
    Mayor James Watts said problems with cats are the reason behind the ordinances.

  • Saturday letter delivery to end

    Saturday mail delivery could soon become a thing of the past. The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it plans to transition to a Monday-through-Friday delivery schedule for mail.
    It will deliver packages Monday through Saturday.

  • Harriman man charged in beating

    A 29-year old Harriman man is in custody after allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend at her Wartburg home last Thursday.

    Eric W. Turner, of 2373 Sugar Grove Valley Road, was arrested by Roane County deputies and handed over to Morgan County officers late Monday night.

    Turner is facing assault charges for beating his 38-year old girlfriend.

    She is seven-months pregnant.

    According to the police report, Turner head-butted her in the face, pulled her hair out, and dragged her through the house.

  • Kingston sewer work


    Kingston street department workers Rick Crawford, left, and Jimmy Goodman confer over work extending sewerlines across Hwy. 70 between the Community Center and Watts Bar Lake. The goal is to eventually add public restrooms in the vicinity.

  • Attorney takes over estate

    Attorney James Logan encountered no opposition on Tuesday in his quest to become administrator of Clyde Houston’s estate.
    “The court will allow the petitioner, Mr. Logan, to be administrator of the estate of Clifford Clyde Houston,” Judge Jeff Wicks ruled at the conclusion of a brief hearing in Roane County Probate Court.
    Clyde, a former Roane County commissioner, died on March 14, 2012. He had five children – daughters Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer, and sons Rocky, Leon and Tommy Houston.
    Burris and Cofer were present for the hearing.

  • Henry interim DCS head

    Roane County’s Jim Henry has been named interim commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services after the resignation of Kate O’Day.
    O’Day had been hit with heavy questioning in the deaths of children who had been involved with DCS.
    “Kate has informed me that she felt the time was right to step down,” Gov. Bill Halam announced in a press release Tuesday.

  • Weekend snow goes away fast

    Roane County was blanketed by snow on and off this weekend, concealing roadways in white Saturday morning and again briefly Sunday morning.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson kept the public updated at his Facebook account of road conditions.
    On Saturday even the main roads were covered in white.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the department was able to put their newest vehicle, the Ranger 1, into action.
    The small off-road vehicle was purchased with donations last year.

  • Houston determined to represent self

    Rocky Houston was reminded about the adage that says a man who represents himself has a fool for an attorney.
    “You understand the reason behind that saying?” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. asked. “It’s not a very smart or wise thing to do.”
    Despite the risk and Shirley’s repeated advice that he do otherwise, Houston decided to proceed as his own counsel in his federal firearms case.
    “At this point, you’re giving up your right to be represented by an attorney?” Shirley asked.

  • Inmate jumps from balcony in Roane jail

    An ambulance responded to the Roane County Jail Tuesday morning after an inmate jumped from a balcony in one of the housing pods.
    A dispatch report said the inmate was “hurting all over.” He was taken to Roane Medical Center.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said he’s not sure why the inmate jumped.
    “There’s really no telling why,” he said. “Sometimes people do things for attention. I really don’t know.”