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Local News

  • Crash shuts down I-40

    Interstate 40 westbound traffic was shutdown for hours Thursday due to a wreck near mile marker 355.

    Dispatch reports indicate injured patients were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    Further details were not available at press time.

  • Jennings: Houston property search cause without video

    Even without surveillance video, federal agents had probable cause to search the Houstons’ property in January, according to Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings.

  • Woman claims principal violated ADA in lawsuit

    A former Roane County Schools employee is accusing the system of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Mary Edwards of Rockwood is seeking back pay, front pay, reinstatement and $600,000 in damages in a federal lawsuit filed against the Board of Education.

    Edwards was a teaching assistant at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood when she fell at work and tore her rotator cuff in August 2010.

  • Emptying jail cells: Officials make creative suggestions to alleviate overcrowding

    Judges, prosecutors, officials with the sheriff’s office and county executive have been trying to come up with a solution to alleviate overcrowding at the 172-bed Roane County Jail.

    The fact that the county is having to confront that issue less than four years after the facility opened is frustrating for some.

  • State error costs county

    Roane County is out some expected revenue due to a mistake made by the state.

    Barry M. Murphy, director of the Comptroller of the Treasury Office of State Assessed Properties, told county officials in a letter last month that several Norfolk Southern properties had been overassessed due to a clerical error.

    His letter said state law allowed the error to be corrected.

    “Therefore, we hereby withdraw the previously certified assessments,” the letter said.

  • It's Love Week for Harriman church

    Holy Week is a time for Christians to focus on the love of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice He made on the cross and celebration of His Resurrection.

    Harriman’s Courts of Praise will be trying to exemplify His love this week with what members are referring to as Love Week, a community mission trip to help those in need in their own community in Harriman.

    “This year, we felt like our mission needed to be here in Harriman, to our own backyard,” said Brandon Grant, the church’s community project coordinator.  

  • Child abuse charges result of alleged one-pot meth lab

    A routine traffic stop in Harriman netted two people believed to be making methamphetamine and resulted in the decontamination of two young children, who were given over to the Department of Children’s Services.

    Police reports said Harriman Police Department Lt. Kent Warren noted Yolanda Nicole Lavignette, 28, Rockwood, and Kevin Anthony Ray, 26, Harriman, were acting suspicious when stopped on Roane Street for a traffic violation

  • Wetland restoration or mining?

    Dozens of people showed up for Wednesday’s Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting at the courthouse, but there are widely differing views on the activity they were concerned about.
    On the board’s agenda was a request for a special use-permit to allow temporary commercial or industrial use on property of LB Services  at 401 Poplar Creek Road.
    Board Chairman Greg Howard read a prepared statement at the start of the meeting.

  • School official with DUI moved

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Donna Renee Moore returned from leave on Thursday.
    “She has been placed at Midtown Education Center in a non-administrative position for the rest of the year,” Aytes said.
    Aytes said he would need to speak with the school system’s attorney before divulging more information. 
    Up until last week, Moore had been assistant principal at Oliver Springs High School.

  • Roane State recitals set for Saturday

    Roane State Community College faculty will perform classic works as soloists and in small ensembles during its faculty recital on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
    The recital will be in the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus. Admission is free.
    For more information, contact Brenda Luggie at 354-3000, Ext. 4236, or luggieb@roanestate.edu.