Local News

  • More meth labs seized in Roane over the last year

    Meth labs continue to proliferate in Roane County, despite state laws passed in recent years that were supposed to curb the problem.

    “We’ve dealt with more labs than we care to deal with, but they’re there and we got to deal with them,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Kristin Helm, a public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said complete statistics for 2012 were not available.

  • Get Connected: Clearinghouse aims to help match volunteers, agencies for perfect fit

    Finding volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interest just got easier.

    The United Way went live late last week with the Roane County Volunteer Clearinghouse, an easy centralized way for organizations to promote their volunteer opportunities and a way for those interested in volunteering to search with ease.

    “So many people here in our community want to serve,” said Amy Harmon, executive director of Roane County United Way.

    “They want to give, but they just don’t know how.”

  • Beer board to consider permit for Maggie’s Place

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider an application for an on and off premises beer permit.

    The applicant is Deborah Violet, 181 Tacoma Road, Oak Ridge.

    The permit is for Maggie’s Place, 3015 Harriman Hwy., Harriman.

    The property is owned by Tony Clough. According to Violet’s application, Bill Lassiter held the last beer permit at the location.

    Members of the public can appear before the Beer Board to express approval or disapproval of the permit.

  • Ice storm? ‘Please stay home’

    Roane County officials are advising people to stay off the roads if icy conditions develop.
    “We can’t stress that enough,” Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said. “Please stay home.”
    According to the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, significant icing is possible across the East Tennessee Valley late Thursday through Friday evening.

  • Fake money allegedly passed

    An alleged counterfeiter was arrested on Jan. 18.
    Larry Dale Griffis faces two counts of counterfeiting and theft.
    According to the warrant on the counterfeit charges, Rockwood police were dispatched to Hardee’s on Jan. 3 in reference to fake money being used.
    “The complainant advised that she received a $20 bill that was counterfeit,” the warrant said. “She stated that she knows the man who passed it. She advised that it was the defendant Larry Dale Griffis, whom she had worked with in the past.”

  • Cumberland judge gets DUI case

    The DUI hearing for Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure is now set to be before Cumberland County General Sessions Judge Larry Warner on March 18.
    Warner was appointed by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts after Judges Dennis Humphreys and Jeff Wicks recused themselves.
    McClure was arrested on May 22, 2012, after police found him unresponsive behind the wheel of his still-running vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road.

  • Harriman native tells of faith, success at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

    Goals, aspiration and hard work led Damon Talley to where he is today.
    A Harriman native and retail pharmacist with Walmart, Talley spoke at the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Roane County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Jan. 19 at Jamieson Community Development Center in Harriman.

  • Local cancer walk honored; Next year’s event is April 19

    Roane County’s Relay for Life 2012 was recently named an All-American Event by the American Cancer Society.

    “I’m very proud. They had their best year ever,” said Kayla Shelby, community representative.

    Fran Puckett, last year’s chairwoman, also was touched by the recognition.

    “It means a lot for our team. They worked hard. To be as small as we were to do that well — it was great,” Puckett said.

  • City & County Meetings

    MONDAY, JAN. 28
    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 29
    • Roane County Commission’s industrial liaison committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in The Roane Alliance office at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston TN.
    • Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Lawyer goes after Houston land

    The signs brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have been accused of erecting South of the River could be coming down.
    Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. has filed a petition in Roane County Probate Court to be appointed administrator of the estate of the brothers’ late father, Clifford Clyde Houston.