Local News

  • Nursing home employee suspended

    A possible case of elder abuse was reported at The Bridge at Rockwood nursing home last month.
    The incident was reported by the nursing home’s administrator, Melissa A. Jarfi.
    According to the Rockwood police report, 88-year-old resident Grace Palmer was restrained by her wrists to a wheel chair.

  • Kingston man to sing in Holiday Pops concert in Evansville

    Kingston resident Logan Herwehe performed at The University of Evansville Department of Music’s 33rd annual Holiday Pops concert.
    Herwehe is majoring in mathematics at the Indiana college.
    Holiday Pops took place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Downtown Evansville’s Victory Theatre.
    The concert brings together ensembles and soloists, including the University’s choirs, orchestra, and wind and jazz ensembles, to perform holiday favorites. Holiday Pops is free and open to the public.

  • Poetry, emotion: When a 6-year-old is censored

    First Amendment Center
    In a case that made headlines across the country, a 6-year-old first grader in Marion, N.C., was told to remove a reference to God before she could read a poem honoring the military service of her two grandfathers.
    That has outrage written all over it.
    Even a little girl has the First Amendment right to express her faith.
    Her remarks were primarily intended to honor the people in her family who had served in Vietnam.

  • Roane County’s debt: Slowly solving the problem

    Roane County Executive
    This article is intended to make citizens aware of Roane County’s outstanding debt and to let citizens know we now have a structured program to manage the county’s current debt and future debt obligations. 
    As I began the administration of Roane County government, I focused on establishing debt management and capital project policies. 

  • No one fights alone

    The school mascot is a yellow jacket, but lately the Cherokee Middle girls basketball team has been sporting some zebra stripe.
    That’s because the team has dedicated its season to Amy Workman.
    “It was awesome,” she said of the team’s gesture. “I had no idea they were going to do it.”
    Workman is battling neuroendocrine carcinoma. The ribbon for her type of cancer is zebra stripe. The slogan is “No one fights alone.”

  • No light duty in Rockwood jobs

    Light duty is no longer an option for Rockwood city workers with illnesses or injuries.

    Rockwood officials passed first reading of an ordinance establishing a policy regarding light duty at last month’s City Council meeting.

    The city’s Civil Service Board asked the council to create a written policy after issues of how department heads should handle requests for light duty were brought up.

  • Courthouse received no bomb threat, searched as precaution

    More than 20 courthouses around Tennessee reportedly received bomb threats on Nov. 27.

    Roane County’s wasn’t among them, but officials here didn’t sit idly by.

    “We went ahead and searched ours
    as a precaution,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips

    No bomb was found during the search, he added.

    County Executive Ron Woody said officials decided to search the courthouse because they wanted to be proactive and not wait for a threat.

  • New roof for historic structure

    The heart of Harriman, the castle-like Temperance Building, will be getting a new roof.

    A storm damaged part of the existing roof, and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason confirmed last month that the Tennessee Municipal League’s insurance pool will be paying for the project.

    Harriman City Council voted to take bids on the work, a process that left Ron Decker disappointed.

  • Rockwood takes on new health and educational facilities board

    A Rockwood Health and Educational Facilities Board has been reborn to allow medical facilities such as Victorian Square to acquire bonds.

    The Victorian Square building formerly housed Chamberlain Memorial Hospital and its successor, Baptist Hospital of Roane County.

    Victorian Square rents the facility from the Chamberlain Board, which Mayor James Watts said approached him to re-establish the health and educational facilities board.

  • Rarity Ridge developer indicted

    Michael L. Ross, the man behind Roane County’s Rarity Ridge and several other high-end developments in East Tennessee, was indicted on 28 counts in U.S. District Court last week.

    He faces one count of mail fraud, 12 counts of wire fraud and 15 counts of money laundering.

    According to the indictment, from December 2006 to December 2009, Ross devised a scheme to defraud people who bought real estate for his business.