Local News

  • TOSHA Safety Fest kicks off today

    Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership kick off the third annual Safety Fest TN today — Sept. 8.

    This year’s festival will be in Oak Ridge through Sept. 12.

    “TOSHA is excited to be a part of Safety Fest TN,” said TOSHA Administrator Steve Hawkins.

    “Not only does it provide excellent resources for safety and health professionals, but it also provides them at no charge.”

  • ROCKWOOD: Jaywalking students put on notice

    Rockwood police are taking steps to stop walking pre-teens and teens from crossing through traffic on bustling West Rockwood Street when school lets out. 

    “We’ve had some close calls,” said Chief Danny Wright, who is  trying to steer students to crosswalks at stoplights.

    State law requires pedestrians to use crosswalks, when available. 

  • Harriman pump station work not a big problem

    Passersby to Harriman’s McDonald’s may wonder why a crew from J. Crumby Construction is digging into the earth.

    Construction crews are rehabilitating both the Cardiff and McDonald’s pump stations. 

    Some people had expressed concerns about the work, but Harriman Utility Board officials said residents need not worry.

  • Phi Theta Kappa fundraises


    Roane State Community College student Nikki Smith, with help from fellow student Miranda Chase, peruses items at the recent Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter rummage sale. Phi Theta Kappa was working to raise money for its activities.

  • ‘Rolling Stone’ man was patriot

    A Revolutionary War soldier who historians say was the first white settler in the Roane County area won’t be forgotten if his ancestors have anything to do with it.

    Ralph Martin, Robert Brashears’ great-grandson five times out, doesn’t just enjoy learning about his family’s history; he also counts it as too valuable to let fall into obscurity.

    “I learned about him because he’s my ancestor, but the story he has to tell is more important than his descendants,” Martin said.

  • Jail knocked again for overcrowding

    The Roane County Jail didn’t meet all the applicable minimum standards during a Tennessee Corrections Institute inspection on July 29.

    “We weren’t recommended for certification at that particular time due to overcrowding,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “We had more females than were allowed based on the square footage.”

  • Pemberton’s first hearing as judge a ‘slippery’ case

    Years from now, Hardee’s might come to mind when Mike Pemberton thinks about his first day on the bench.

    Not because of a meal he ate there, but due to the fact that the first contested hearing he presided over as circuit court judge involved the fast-food restaurant.

    Kyle Beverly filed a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the Kingston establishment in 2013. Beverly, a Kingston resident, said he slipped on something on the floor when he entered the restaurant on Sept. 12, 2012, and sustained injuries to his right ankle.

  • Rockwood candidate pool dwindles as Ellis withdraws

    The number of candidates vying for Rockwood City Council decreased by one last week when Phyllis Ellis withdrew from the race.

    “I would like to have my name removed from the ballot for the office of City Council in Rockwood, Tenn.,” Ellis said in an Aug. 25 letter to the Roane County Election Commission.

    Candidates had until noon on Aug. 28 to withdraw.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said Ellis was the only one to do so by the deadline.

  • Free day at Museum of East Tennessee History

    The Museum of East Tennessee History offers free admission on Saturday, Sept. 27, in celebration of Smithsonian magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live!

    The event represents the commitment of the Smithsonian and other museums to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone.

    Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums on Sept. 27.

    The Museum Day Live! ticket can be downloaded at smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.

  • Borrowed robes for Pemberton

    New Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has yet to be fitted for a robe, but don’t expect him to take the bench this week without the traditional judge’s garb.

    “I’ve been so busy, but I’m going to wear my father-in-law’s until I have time,” he said.

    Pemberton’s father-in-law is retired judge James “Buddy” Scott. They can share the robe now after Pemberton’s swearing-in on Sunday.

    “I’m really looking forward to it,” Pemberton said, about serving as judge.