Local News

  • 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.

  • Hostage situation in Oliver Springs

    An Oliver Springs man allegedly beat his senior parents and knocked his sister down, refusing to let them leave their Hen Valley Road home Monday evening.
    David J. Woods, 42, 836 Hen Valley Road, allegedly wanted them to give him money for drugs.
    Woods is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, interference with an emergency call and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

  • Kingston gets seat on 911 board

    To say it was a foregone conclusion that Vice Mayor Tim Neal would be recommended by Kingston City Council for the county E911 board at its March 12 session would be more than an understatement.
    Neal, whom council members agreed to place on the agenda as its potential candidate to replace the late Bob Humphreys at its March 5 meeting, had already been appointed to the board by County Mayor Ron Woody at a County Commission meeting the night before.

  • Spring work could affect drivers

    Travelers should consider a different route or leave a little early on Sunday if they typically travel over the Kingston dike on Hwy. 70.
    TVA will be doing inspections of the Kingston dike along Hwy. 70 in Kingston from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    “On Sunday, we are going to have one lane closed across the Kingston dike. We will alternate traffic,” said spokesman Travis Brickey. “We are going to have some drilling rigs there. We are doing a health check of our dams and dikes.”