Local News

  • New insurance laws loom

    In about six months, every man, woman and child in the United States will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

    Can you and your family afford it?

    What options do you have?

    And what are the penalties if you don’t, say, get with the program?

    A representative from a new kind of health insurance entity was in Roane County recently to help dispel some of the fog.

    Lisa Preiss works with Community Health Alliance, a new company based in Knoxville.

  • Dodd up for parole on child sexual battery

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl is up for parole.

    David Dodd, 43, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery with a recommended punishment written in the plea agreement of six years.

    Dodd, who is incarcerated at  Morgan County Correctional Complex, was scheduled for a parole hearing Thursday, June 13.

    He is listed as eligible for parole on Aug. 7.

  • Rockwood's Airport Road closed to traffic

    A popular shortcut between Rockwood and up the mountain into Cumberland County has been shut down.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson announced the decision to shut down Airport Road immediately Wednesday because of concerns about the stability of the roadway.

    “This road has dropped. We've got some major cracking that is beginning to come into the road,” Ferguson said.

  • If you can paddle a pumpkin ....

    The city of Kingston’s raft is going to be under new management, so to speak, at this year’s July 4th homemade raft race.

    Former City manager Jim Pinkerton had been the captain of the Kingston raft for the past five years, but he retired in April.

    New Kingston City Manaer David Bolling has agreed to take the helm at the city’s big festival.

    He’s been warned he might get wet. The Kingston crew tends to have a friendly mutiny every year toward the end of the race.

  • Roane County Citizen Academy members graduate
  • Roane, by the numbers

    It’s budget season, and Roane County finance director Kaley Walker is in her element.

    “I am a math nerd, so I love all this stuff,” she said. “I think there are not enough girls going into finance and engineering.”

    Walker likes the black-and-white clarity of numbers.
    “I have to have a right answer or wrong answer,” she said.

    Walker was hired by County Executive Ron Woody in 2010, at the recommendation of his wife, Becky.


    Whether work crews at Ladd Landing have made progress toward finishing the greenway project before a June 30 deadline has apparently come down to a matter of opinion.

    At a June 4 Kingston City Council work session, the opinion of the engineer overseeing the project seemed at odds with those of councilmen.

  • Grill & Pub may reopen under new management

    A Harriman woman wants to sell beer at 2224 Harriman Hwy., site of the Grill & Pub.

    The Roane County Beer Board was scheduled to hear Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit today.

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton’s beer permit was revoked for a year on Feb. 12 after the county beer board decided the business was a magnet for trouble.

    Christopher’s application was dated May 6. Her address was listed as 324 Barnett Circle, Harriman.

  • More charges against man who invaded Bowers school

    A man who got in trouble for barging into an elementary school has more legal trouble.

    Jim Estes has been charged with public intoxication after a June 6 incident when he allegedly tred to pick up narcotics on a forged prescription.

    “The male subject was advised by (Walgreens) staff that he was not to return to the store and was banned from the property,” Harriman officer Michael W. Cox said in an arrest warrant.

    Cox said Estes had slurred speech and stumbled and “almost fell three times.”

  • Library plans TVA thanks

    Harriman Public Library wants to honor TVA for the improvements made to the building.

    “We are presenting them with a plaque,” said Barbara Pelfrey-Milsaps, library director.

    The thank-you reception is Monday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Thanks to TVA, many projects were done at the building, including excavating around the building to improve drainage that threatened the foundation.

    Rewiring was done and period lighting was installed, and putting new old-style metal tile ceilings placed overhead.