Local News

  • Red Cross looking for Roane volunteers

    The American Red Cross East Tennessee Region is looking for volunteers in the Roane County area to assist with local disasters when they happen. 
    Volunteer duties would include, but are not limited to, opening disaster shelters and assisting those that have been affected by disasters, including victims of house or apartment fires, tornadoes, strong storms and more. 
    Volunteers would also have the opportunity to deploy on national disasters assignments if they would like. 

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Singing those rainy weather, faulty-mower blues

    This is the time of year the forces of nature and technology team up against me.
    Here’s what happens:
    Every year I vow that I am going to keep my yard — yes, even the steep, weedy back section — mowed and neat.
    Then July kicks in and the trouble starts.
    (Actually, the real trouble begins in June, when a drought spell invariably hits right before my vacation.)
    I realize that if I mow before I go, I’ll come back to a lawn of brown straw. So I leave without mowing.

  • Morgan swears threat happened

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan insists he’s telling the truth about an alleged incident that happened near the courthouse on July 13.

    Morgan called 911 at 3:13 p.m. on July 13 and said incumbent property assessor Teresa Kirkham threatened to whip his (expletive) if he mentioned her name again.

    Morgan said his campaign volunteer, Mike Elmore, was standing beside him when Kirkham allegedly made her threat.

    Elmore vouched for Morgan’s story.  

  • Billie Cox Hale dies

    One of South Harriman’s most passionate historians is now a rich part of the history she so lovingly shared.

    Billie Cox Hale, who often wrote a column on the people of South Harriman, died on Tuesday, July 17, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The former Harriman native, who was a member of Harriman Christian Church, had been living in Sweetwater.

  • Former Harriman coach quits

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said former Harriman High School basketball coach Jeff King resigned from the school system on Monday.
    “He sent an email, and we are now waiting on a hard copy,” Aytes said.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with a student. A young woman was charged with burglary recently at his Sweetwater home.
    King had been a teacher and the boys basketball coach at Harriman High School.

  • District 7 candidates easy-going

    School board members, like anyone holding a job, can use a refreshing every now and then. 
    “It’s like anything else,” Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill said. “You get a little bit worn out sometimes, but you just regenerate and come back. That’s what I hope to do the next four years.”
    Massengill is running for re-election. He faces Tammy Lyle in the District 7 race.
    “We’ll just leave it up to the people, and I’m content with whatever they decide,” Lyle said.

  • VFD still waiting on ISO info

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson expressed frustration about the lack of action on his community’s ISO review back in February. Fast forward five months, and Nelson is still waiting.
    “We’re waiting on ISO,” said Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services. “We’ve done all we can.”
    The issue of Blair’s ISO review came up at last week’s Roane County Fire Board meeting.

  • Assessor race dustup ‘staged,’ witness says

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan has been accused of staging an incident to get some publicity.
    “What he said happened did not happen,” said Rick Cantrell, a local resident who was around when Morgan claimed he was threatened by incumbent Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham.
    “It was staged,” Cantrell said.
    Candidates and their supporters gathered near the Roane County Courthouse on Friday for the start of early voting.

  • Sewer expansion gets Kingston’s OK

    Gallaher Road Sewer Project, Version 2.0, can finally continue, Kingston City Coucil members learned at the July 10 full council session.
    At the evening’s subsequent water board meeting, council authorized a $49,400 contract with Vaughn & Melton Engineers to design sewer lines along the west side of Gallaher Road — one of the phases of the continuing plan.

  • Five women, three men charged with meth making

    Eight people were arrested after authorities discovered a meth lab South of the River on Saturday.
    A 3-year-old child was at the residence, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Jennifer Mathieu, 27; Courtney Brackins, 23; Sonya Hutson, 41; Rebecca Webb, 28; Matthew Weaver, 26; Clarence Cook, 30; Levi Burnum, 31; and Kerry Ivey, 30, are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance.