Local News

  • Lawyer sentenced to 10 days in jail

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Criminal Appeals found Roane County attorney Spence Bruner in contempt of court on Tuesday.
    “We just feel obligated,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said. “There’s been such a long time of just willful neglect of your responsibility to this court.”
    Bruner was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $50 fine and court costs.
    The jail time will be suspended if he pays the fine and costs within 30 days.

  • Auction of two elementaries set to proceed

    Roane County Commission cleared the way for the school system to auction Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools. A resolution passed on Oct. 15 granted the system any of the county government’s interest in the properties.
    “The Roane County Commission authorizes the Roane County executive to execute any contract or deed to insure this transfer of interest either to the Roane County Schools or a new owner, if sold by the Roane County school system,” the commission resolution said.

  • Mayor may move comment session

    Part of Rockwood City Council’s most candid moments often are heard in the council and mayor comments near the close of the regular council meetings each month.
    However, Mayor James Watts has said he would like to omit that portion of the meeting.
    “We can have most of that stuff in our council workshop,” Watts said.
    Council doesn’t have regularly scheduled workshops, but occasionally Watts has held meetings to discuss items that will be going on the agenda.

  • Men team up to rob Harriman service station

    The Lee’s Food Mart at 1859 S. Roane St. in Harriman was robbed at gunpoint by two men Saturday 9:22 p.m.

    A Harriman Police Department incident report said when officers arrived at the BP station near Interstate 40’s Exit 347, a store clerk told them two men had left on foot heading toward the Comfort Inn. Officer Brian Turner used a police dog to followed a trail toward the hotel, but there the scent was lost.

    The store clerk told police that two white males entered the store in black clothing and blue masks.

  • Correction

    On Page 2 of Roane County News’ Oct. 10 edition, the intended use of rock excavated from around Kingston’s wastewater plant was incorrectly characterized. The county does plan to use the rock for bank stabilization at Crystal Cove, but not along the roadside, not on the waterfront.

  • Red Cross in need of volunteers

    The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in Roane County to help provide disaster assistance when needed.
    An orientation to introduce the community to Red Cross Emergency Services will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Kingston Community Center.
    Volunteers are especially needed from Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, Rockwood and the county’s unincorporated communities, including Midtown and Ten Mile.

  • Work toward audit flaggings making strides

    Rockwood officials are making strides to rectify a number of deficiencies that have regularly been part of the city’s financial audits in recent years.
    Rockwood City Council will consider first reading of an ordinance at Monday’s regular meeting to create an internal financial controls policy, use of credit card policy and missing receipt affidavits.
    Changes in policy have already been implemented by City Recorder Becky Ruppe, but she said this will go a long way to making the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury happy.

  • Could Rockwood support year-round pool?

    Getting year round use of the city’s pool with a seasonal cover and lighting the city’s soccer field are both projects being considered to use TVA money toward.
    Rockwood officials have said there is around $600,000 left in funds to request from TVA through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, which was organized to help divvy up restitution to the communities after the Kingston Fossil Plant spill in December 2008.

  • Ideas Fair coming

    The Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs’ Christmas Ideas Fair is a traditional way to kick off the holiday season.
    This year’s two-day extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Kingston Community Center.
    Breakfast and lunch will be available each day, and dinner will be available on Thursday.
    New to this year’s Ideas Fair are Gifts in a Jar and a Christmas General Store.
    Door prizes, a silent auction and baked goods will be available.
    Demonstrations will also take place throughout both days.

  • Harriman Middle on tap to get new bleachers

    The Roane County Board of Education had a lengthy discussion about a new gym for Harriman Middle School at a meeting in December 2009.
    Board members initially chose a building option that called for bleachers on both sides of the gym.
    After a short break, however, they came back and voted on another option that had bleachers on one side only, and that was eventually how the gym was built.
    The reason given was that putting bleachers on both sides was more expensive, and the board wanted to stay within budget.