Local News

  • Harriman aims to replace more traffic signals

    Driving on Harriman’s busy Roane Street will soon be safer.

    Harriman officials have already replaced a number of downtown traffic signals, but they’re getting ready to do one more.

    This time it’s the bustling Roane Street at Emory Street corner, which like many of those lights already replaced, can be a struggle to tell the signal color at certain times of day in particular.

    “Especially around sundown, you cannot see those lights,” agreed Councilman Ken Mynatt.

  • It’s official: Traffic tickets in Rockwood now more expensive

    Paying for a traffic ticket isn’t ever cheap, but now those going to Rockwood City Court will pay a little more.

    Rockwood City Council approved a $5 technology fee onto its court fees late last month.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright at a previous meeting.

    Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that the money would go toward.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Cause of Bazel Road blaze undetermined

    An empty house at 897 Bazel Road was destroyed by fire late last month.

    Police responded to the scene around 1:55 a.m. Aug. 27 to find the home already engulfed.

    “The police department was the first on the scene, and upon arrival, it was already fully involved,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “The whole roof area had already collapsed into the basement.”

    Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.

    Goss said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

  • Brickyard Springs gets some TLC

    Rockwood did a lot of tidying up around town lately.

    One of those places that got a much-needed loving touch was Brickyard Springs Park, and Stephanie Floyd, who was part of the Brickyard Park Reunion held this summer, was particularly thankful.

    “Probably nothing has been done to that park in 20 years,” Floyd told Rockwood City Council.

    City labor did a number of projects, including painting the benches, goals and court as well as adding a picnic table and two grills and taking existing tables to the site.

  • Roane Choral making holiday plans

    Roane Choral Society will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 for its holiday concert.

    Rehearsals will be at 7 p.m. each Monday in the O’Brien Building on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    The first 2014-15 season concert, “A Child Again at Christmas,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the O’Brien Theatre.

    Former and new members are encouraged to attend rehearsals.

    Call 354-0679 for details.

  • More than 100 attend Yager grants sessions
  • McElhinney heads up state trade association

    Mike McElhinney, CEO of Roane County’s Michael Dunn Center, has been elected president of Tennessee Community Organizations.

    TNCO is a statewide trade association that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tennessee.

    Michael Dunn Center is one of 54 agencies across Tennessee that are members of TNCO.

    “It is a great honor and privilege to be elected,” McElhinney said.

  • ‘Gallons of gravy ... a million eggs’

    Customers at Kingston’s Handee Burger have been greeted by a gracious and smiling face for around 40 years.

    Sandra Isham was a teenager when she first started her after-school job.

    The establishment, then Scottie’s Restaurant, was owned by Yvonne O’Kelley. Tony Smith bought it later and turned it into Handee Burger.

    “I come with the package deal I guess,” quipped Isham.

  • Kingston ERA merging with Farragut firm

    Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Realtors of Farragut recently merged with Kingston’s ERA Executive Choice Real Estate.

    “We expect this merger will further strengthen our prominent standing in the region,” said Jim Wallace, chief financial officer at Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace.

    “We are happy to welcome Charlotte Branson and her talented group of sales professionals, who have extensive knowledge of the local real estate market and have demonstrated incredible commitment to providing exceptional service.”

  • 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.”