Local News

  • County vehicles soon to have new emergency gear

    Roane County Commission Chairman James Brummett was surprised to learn county vehicles didn’t have fire extinguishers in them.
    “I would have thought we would have had that,” he said.
    The vehicles could have some soon.
    At the Nov. 19 meeting, commissioners voted to appropriate $25,000 to put fire extinguishers in county vehicles and automatic external defibrillators in county buildings.
    Budget director Kaley Walker said the need was discovered through the county’s risk management initiative.

  • Local artists to be showcased

    Visual artists will have a chance to showcase their talents in the inaugural Roane Open Art Show Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Creative Arts Co-op in Harriman.
    “This is our first big event, so we hope to have a lot of people come out for it,” said Becky Brunton, chairwoman of the Arts Council of Roane County.
    Local visual artists — including painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, printmakers and potters — may enter up to three original works for display.

  • Donations for Sandy victims being taken

    The Big Emory Baptist Association is teaming up with Remote Area Medical to provide relief supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
    Volunteers are accepting blankets, coats, toiletries, baby food, canned soup, toys and cleaning supplies to fill a 53-foot trailer donated by RAM, which is led by former Wild Kingdom personality Stan Brock.
    Donations may be dropped at the Big Emory Baptist office at 1216 Ruritan Road in Harriman from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Habitat winds down work on house No. 33

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of a new home at a cul-de-sac on Fisher Street in Kingston.

    Construction began in late spring and is expected to conclude in early 2013 on the project, which will be the 33rd Habitat house built in Roane County since 1992.

    Seven of the homes, including the latest dwelling, are in the same neighborhood near Roane County High School.

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  • Roane reactor project gets funding

    TVA’s plan to build a small modular reactor at its old breeder reactor site in Roane County got a boost from the federal government last week.
    The U.S. Department of Energy announced an award to support a new project to design, license and help commercialize small modular reactors.
    “The project supported by the award will be led by Babcock & Wilcox in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bechtel,” DOE said in a press release.

  • Lee recused in appraisal investigation

    Robert Lee, the general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has recused himself from the Regions Bank building case, according to District Attorney General Russell Johnson.
    Dr. Clary P. Foote bought the building in January. Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan has alleged former assessor Teresa Kirkham lowered the appraisal on the building because she was dating Foote.
    Johnson said he asked Lee to “initiate a review or single parcel audit” of the appraisal.

  • TVA lawsuit to go to mediation

    Despite opposition from TVA, the federal judge overseeing the ash spill litigation has ordered the sides to mediate.
    “Mediation at this time would be in the interest of judicial economy and efficiency, ” Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said in an order filed last week.
    TVA became a target for lawsuits following the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant. A dike failure released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Commissioners recall Currier, honor memory

    David Currier was remembered by the Roane County Commission last week. Currier, a former commissioner, passed away on Nov. 15 at Park West Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 65.
    Commission Chairman James Brummett called for a moment of silence for Currier at the Nov. 19 commission meeting. Commissioner Ray Cantrell also mentioned Currier in his opening prayer.
    Commissioner Fred Tedder rode with Currier to meetings when the two served together. 

  • Oliver Springs operation leads to 27 indictments for drug sales

    Staff reports
    Oliver Springs Police Department recently ended a four month undercover operation targeting illegal drug sales in the city.
    Indictments were returned on 27 people. Thirteen were indicted in Anderson County while the remaining 14 were indicted in Roane County.
    Most of the people were indicted for the sale and delivery of prescription drugs while three of the subjects were indicted on sale and delivery of marijuana.
    On Nov. 9 and Nov. 10  Oliver Springs police conducted a round up arresting 19 of the individuals.