Local News

  • Five injured in Rockwood wreck

    Five people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash early last Thursday.

    The wreck, called in at 4:23 a.m., was at the former Exxon gas station on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    “It was a single vehicle vs. a sign pole,” said Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree.

    The injured were driver Charles Haga, 30, of Rockwood; passenger Shannon Sherrill, 23, of Westel; and three children younger than 3.

  • Changes afoot at Riverfront Park

    David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman will soon look much different.

    New playground equipment in cheerful blue, red and warm granite has been ordered to replace much of the existing equipment at the playground named after Tyler Wayne Davis.

    The new equipment will include a new jungle gym to replace an existing one.

    “The new piece that goes here will be a little shorter. It is designed for a younger age set,” explained City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Progress stinks on sewer deal transition for Roane Regional

    The Roane County Commission voted unanimously Monday to authorize the county attorney to contact Lenoir City Utilities Board regarding the status of an agreement addressing ownership of the sewer system at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    County Executive Ron Woody asked Commission for the authorization after what he described as a lack of communication from the utility following some “back-and-forth” discussions.

    Woody said he hopes the attorney can help advance the discussion.


    By Cindy Simpson and Michelle Hollenhead

    A new year offers new opportunities in Harriman, Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs.

    From continuing successful ongoing projects to the possibility of new ones, each mayor is hopeful about what 2017 can bring.

    In Harriman, seeing new life in the former Roane Medical Center is Mayor Wayne Best’s “No. 1 goal,” he said.

    The building has been vacant for several years, but Best said it is his hope to see it repurposed by the end of 2017.

  • Trio plead guilty in federal meth case

    Three people pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for their roles in an area methamphetamine conspiracy.

    Roane County residents Amanda Wells and Lamar England, and Morgan County resident Clarence Laymance are tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

    Each appeared before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville. Wells, 28, and England, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 5 grams or more of meth. Laymance, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.

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  • Police: Speed caused fatal wreck

    From staff reports

    Rockwood Police Department has identified speeds in excess of 85 mph as a factor in the single-car crash that killed three on North Kingston Avenue last week.

    “The RPD, using information obtained from CIRT using data analysis downloaded yesterday from the vehicle’s Electronic Control Module [ECM] is complete,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright in a press release.


    The Rockwood community continues to heal after the loss of one of its youth last week in a tragic single-car crash last Friday.

    Malachi Thomas’ stepgrandmother Dean Willis is among those struggling with the loss.

    “He was a wonderful child,” Willis said of the 14-year-old Rockwood Middle School eighth-grader.

    “He was our love. All of them we love, but I don’t know, there was something special about him too. We are going to miss him very much.”

  • Harriman man killed in I-40 crash

    A Harriman man was killed in a crash Friday morning near mile marker 357 on Interstate 40.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports identified the man as 46-year-old Randall Norton.

    The report said Norton was behind the wheel of an eastbound Kia Spectra that struck a Freightliner in the rear and came to an uncontrolled stop in the far right lane of travel.

    The report indicated the Freightliner was traveling at a slower rate of speed up a hill due to a heavy load, and it is believed Norton did not notice the slower speed of the truck.