Local News

  • Jago to head school board

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rob Jago to serve as chairman over the next year. 

    Jago, a District 5/6 board member, had spent this past year as the vice chairman. 

    “My goal is to make sure we move ahead,” he said.

    Jago started his second four-year term on the school board on Sept. 1. This will be his first time serving as chairman.  

  • Deer hunters can help hungry

    A Roane County meat processor hopes to get as much venison as possible this year into the hands of needy families.

    Allen Aull, owner of Aull’s Poplar Creek Ranch, has participated in the Hunters for the Hungry program for 10 years. 

    The program offers deer hunters an opportunity to donate a portion or all of their harvest to those less fortunate.

    “I got involved with it right after it started,” said Aull, who has been processing deer the past two decades on his Oliver Springs farm.

  • No school on Election Day in county

    Roane County students will be out of school on Nov. 6. That’s Election Day and four schools — Midway and Ridge View elementary, Cherokee Middle and Harriman High — serve as polling places.   

    Board of Education members didn’t like the idea of students being at school when people are going there to vote. 

    “I think it’s dangerous,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I think we’re asking for trouble.” 

    Wade McCullough agreed.

  • Whaley decision official

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved Chris Whaley as Roane State Community College’s newest president.

    Whaley, a Roane State alumnus and current vice president of student learning and chief academic officer, was recommended by TBR Chancellor John Morgan and unanimously approved by regents participating in a telephonic meeting.

    “To say it is an honor I guess is the understatement of the world to me,” Whaley said after the vote.

  • Police roundup: Williams on leave, sex offender jailed

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Darrell Williams is on unpaid administrative leave after a recent drunk driving charge.

    Williams, vice president of business development for the Alliance, was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent on Sept. 17 following a lunchtime crash.  

  • Missing Obama sign raises Democratic ire

    A large Obama campaign sign that was once in a grassy roadside area at Roane County Park is gone.

    Roane County Democratic Party leaders said they learned the sign was gone lasr Wednesday.

    “Somebody has our Obama sign. I’d like it returned or the value of it replaced,” said Bob Cowan, Roane County Democratic party chairman.

    Democrats believe Republican volunteers may be the culprits.

    “There are volunteers that get carried away,” said Democrat Jack McNew.

  • 3-year-old safe, mother in custody

    The noncustodial mother of a 3-year-old Roane County child is now in custody after a long search.

    Amy Barber-McDonough was found with her son, Frank Williams Qualls, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Frank has been returned to his custodial father.

    “She was picked up by Knoxville Police Department. She was in a hotel,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Stockton said Detective Bryan Walker got a call from the FBI who had located her somewhere in Knox County.

  • RCHS helping with food drive

    Students at Roane County High School are helping out the Kingston Police Department in its Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Hands of Mercy.

    The drive begins Oct. 1, which coincides with homecoming week at RCHS. 

    Each class will compete against the others in an attempt to gather the most items needed to fill as many food baskets as possible by the Nov. 16 deadline. The goal is to feed 750 needy families.

  • Harriman property owners asked to clean it up

    Overgrown yards, dilapidated and burned homes are all reasons various properties are part of a list of attention-needing properties in Harriman.

    Three of those on the list — a School Street home, one at 318 Byrd Drive and another at 113 Redwood Drive —  are all planned to be demolished.

    It cannot come soon enough for neighbor Juanita Lewis, who lives next to the School Street home, which has slowly decayed. A fire caused further damage a few years ago.

  • DOE moves to terminate WSI contract

    The U.S. Department of Energy has formally requested that WSI Oak Ridge’s protective force contract at Y-12 be terminated.

    “This decision comes after the top leadership of WSI at Y-12 were removed and are no longer welcome at DOE sites, and the officers associated with the incident were fired, demoted or suspended without pay,” the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a prepared statement. “Additionally, three federal officials with security oversight responsibilities were reassigned.”