Local News

  • 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.

  • ’Round Rockwood: Nov. 26

    By Josephine McKinney
    A nice young man, T.J. Thomas of Harriman, is going to be working here at Victorian Square for a while as a resident assistant. After a little visit he said he needed to get back to work.
    Visiting Josephine McKinney from Crossville was my daughter Nina Swafford. She came to tell me her daughter, Carrie Dobbs, is doing OK  after having flu-like symptoms for over a week, and is back teaching second grade at Stone Elementary.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 26

    By Louise Warmley
    Kristi and Malachi Jamieson and their three children from Nashville came home to spend Thanksgiving with Kristi’s mother, Julia Harris and sister, Alicia. While here they visited with their Aunt Virginia, Angie, Uncle Curtis Anderson and Louise Warmley.
    The Jamiesons said Thanksgiving was great. Just being at home with their mother made everything complete. They gave God all the praise.

  • Jobless benefits to cease for some

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is advising an estimated 39,000 unemployment claimants receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that their benefits will cease the first week of January.
    Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).
    The federal program was to expire at the end of 2011, but the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the ex-