Local News

  • Ash spill plaintiffs want mediation

    As directed, the parties in the TVA ash spill litigation have filed documents with the federal court in Knoxville on how they think the second phase of the trial should proceed.

    TVA is liable for damages to the plaintiffs, provided each one can show they are entitled to relief under claims of negligence, trespass or private nuisance. That determination will be made in a second phase of the trial.

    Plaintiffs, however, want U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan to first order the parties to participate in mediation.

  • Rockwood woman gets chance to meet men who saved her life

    Call it luck, fate or divine intervention, Archie Ann White of Rockwood is alive today because of a miraculous chain of circumstances that occurred when she came to the aid of one of her daughters whose family was involved in a wreck on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County.

    It all began when White arrived at the scene of a single-car accident on May 6 on I-40 East at the 336-mile marker.

  • Schools for sale – cheap?

    The Roane County Board of Education is moving ahead with the auction of two schools, setting minimum bids for Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools.
    Walnut Hill closed after the 2010-11 school year and Dyllis closed last summer.
    The board also plans to auction 2.32 acres of vacant land it owns off Eureka Road near Rockwood.
    The board voted to set the minimum bid for Walnut Hill at $25,000 and the minimum bid for Dyllis at $70,000.
    The minimum bid on the Eureka property was set at $5,000.

  • Lawyer fees not paid for Evans accuser

    Rockwood City Council paid the legal fees of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans after she was accused of ethics violations.
    But when a request was made to pay the fees of the former city employee who accused her, it was no-go.
    No one even made a motion to be voted on in the matter.
    City Attorney Greg Leffew, who had said in May that he would come back with a legal opinion, recommended not making any payments of legal fees for former City Recorder Jim Hines.

  • Horse Expo gets good start

    A small but enthusiastic crowd of horse lovers attended the inaugural Tennessee Equine Expo on Saturday at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at  Roane State Community College.
    Eight different horse specialists were on hand to demonstrate their talents at the outdoor arena.
    Expo organizer Bill Anderson estimates around 500 people attended the daylong event.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: This motorcycle mama born to be mild

    I wrote last week about taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and getting my license.
    What I didn’t mention in that column was that I bought a motorcycle a few days before the class began.
    I’d been scanning ads for a few months and had made a handful of calls. I’d even looked at a promising bike  — a Suzuki Boulevard 800 a man was selling in Oak Ridge.
    I also stopped at a couple of dealers, which is where I found my bike.

  • Lawyer lands behind bars

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County was arrested for contempt of court on Wednesday.
    According to an order from the Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville, Bruner was ordered to appear before a panel of the court on Sept. 18.
    The court directed that a warrant be issued for his arrest after he failed to show up.
    Bruner, of 211 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, was booked into the Roane County Jail at 11:16 a.m. He was released a short time later on a $5,000 bond.

  • Roane County dairy produces organic milk

    Little bare feet, brown with dust, as children explore the expanse of farmland that is their heritage.

    That is the vision Chuck and Julie Johnston have for their three children. It’s also one of the reasons they bought their dairy, which is part of Organic Valley, the largest farmer-owned organic cooperative.

    “We wanted our kids to grow up this way,” said Julie Johnston, who, with Chuck, has been on the farm for nine years now. “We bought all our equipment and bought our cows.”

  • Whaley gets nod at RSCC

    A longtime Roane State employee, Roane State alumni and Harriman resident has been recommended as the next Roane State Community College president.
    Chris Whaley, currently vice president of student learning and chief academic officer at Roane State, will be recommended by Chancellor John Morgan to the full Tennessee Board of Regents and ask them to approve him in a special telephone meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.
    Whaley was grateful for Morgan’s recommendation.

  • Courthouse to stay voting site in spite of controversy

    The Roane County Courthouse will remain an early voting location for the Nov. 6 election.
    In August, the Roane County Election Commission directed Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway to send a letter to the state, requesting that the county be allowed to use Kingston Community Center instead of the courthouse.
    Holiway said he recently became aware of a state law that would have made the move OK, but after checking with the community center, he decided that it was best for early voting to remain at the courthouse for the time being.