Local News

  • TVA asking customers to reduce electrical use during Wednesday cold snap

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demand across the Southeast.

    The request extends to all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and industrial customers.

    The voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout TVA’s seven-state service territory and avoid interruptions of service.

  • Gas prices tip under $2 in Roane

    Significantly lower gas prices saved Americans big dollars in 2014.

    In fact, according to the travel group AAA, Americans saved $14 billion on gasoline last year.

    Roane County residents are among those breathing a sigh of relief as at least one station has dropped below $2 a gallon.

    For Mary Austin, who works at a gas station/convenience store in Rockwood, the savings has meant longer local trips.

  • Does county need property manager?

    Hiring someone to oversee properties the county is forced to purchase at back-tax sales is something that could come up for discussion in 2015.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody broached the idea with the budget committee last month.

    “We’re managing it now with our existing (staff), but apparently it’s not adequate for the commission,” Woody said.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis has been outspoken about the county taking people to court for violating zoning regulations when the county itself owns properties that are in disarray.

  • Roane girl dies after accident

    A 5-year-old Harriman girl died three days after an accident involving an ambulance and a minivan.

    Lillian Creek was one of five children in the van, all under the age of 8. The children were ages 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary reports said that on Dec. 31, the minivan, driven by Jessica K. Creek, 26, was traveling south on Hwy. 95 near Greenback when “the driver possibly turned her head to tend to her passengers.”

  • Legislative Breakfast moves

    The format and location for this year’s Legislative Breakfast has changed.

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said a desire for more space and substance sparked the changes.

    “We don’t know of anyone that was unhappy with what was done in the past,” he said. “We are trying to make sure the meeting is useful to our elected officials and accurately represents the views of the collective business community.”

  • Fugitive caught in Roane

    A man suspected in a vehicle pursuit in a neighboring county was arrested in Harriman.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the Tennessee Highway Patrol brought Adam D. Phillips to the jail to be booked Monday afternoon.

  • Are you ready for retirement?


    The phrase “downsizing for retirement” is popular with Baby Boomers, the youngest of whom turned 50 last year.

    It sparks a conversation about transition, which may include buying fewer new things, selling, gifting or donating possessions that are no longer needed and relocating to smaller quarters to create a more comfortable and affordable retirement.

  • State sites make National Historic Register

    Three Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

    Sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places include:

    • Leadvale Coaling Station and Cut-Off in Cocke County.

    Located in the Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area, the Leadvale Coaling Station and Cut-off is an important representation of the transportation history and engineering ability of the Southern Railway in Cocke County.

  • Natural Tomboy takes off

    Melissa Stephens has an affinity for all-natural things, and she has turned that into a thriving business.

    In 2004, Stephens was talking to her children about the chemicals in the skin products they use.

    Her eldest, then 10, said they should start a company of preservative-free products using native plants found around them.

    Shortly after, Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. was born.

  • Mysterious pothole angels earn Kingston resident’s respect

    Some teenagers’ goodwill touched a resident of Kingston’s Woodhaven subdivision.

    F.R. Reed said he saw three young people fixing a large pothole on Dogwood Drive, near where it intersects with Kentucky Street.

    “They did a pretty good job,” said Reed.

    “Two were out with shovels digging it out. Another had a bucket and looked like he was mixing cement,” added Reed.

    Reed said he’d told Kingston officials about the large pothole.