Local News

  • Hopes dim for a veterans hospital in Roane County

    Roane County’s hope for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital looks bleak at this point.
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander received a letter last month from John Dandridge Jr., director of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, explaining why the VA didn’t think Harriman’s Roane Medical Center was a suitable site.
    “At this time, given what we currently know and project, there is not a feasible justification for construction or for operating a VA hospital in Harriman, Tenn.,” Dandridge said in the letter.

  • Man charged with ETHRA gas theft

    Kingston police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday morning for allegedly siphoning gas from an ETHRA bus.
    Austin Cody Burns, 402 Curtis Road, Tellico Plains, is charged with theft under $500. According to the arrest report, he was forthcoming about the alleged crime.
    “Defendant stated that he had taken at least 10 gallons from the vehicle,” the report said. “Defendant told officer the hose and can he used were behind the bus in the brush.”

  • Veterans Day event set for Ridgeview

    Veterans of all the armed services are invited to Ridgeview Elementary School in Rockwood on Friday, Nov. 9 for a special recognition program. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Each grade level will play a unique part in the program.
    There will be refreshments for everyone.

  • Dr. Goff retirement reception at RSCC

  • Mobile devices head to college

    Roane State Community College is following the lead of one of its sister schools by utilizing mobile learning devices in the classroom.
    Several members of the Roane State faculty are now using iPads to help teach courses, an idea pioneered in East Tennessee by Walters State Community College in Morristown.
    “Students expect us to have technology integrated into the courses. I kind of see this as the next step,” said Mike Hill, Roane State’s director of teaching arts and technology and, as of August, director of learning centers and learning support.

  • Rockwood's lovin' its new McDonald's
  • Manson follower Davis gets parole

    Bruce Davis, a Roane County High School graduate who was a member of the murderous Charles Manson Family, was granted parole on Oct. 4 by a California parole board.
    However, he remains incarcerated in a California prison because the board’s decision has to undergo a 120-day review.

  • City revision a sign of the times

    The words from the old Five Man Electrical Band 1960’s hippie-rock nugget “Signs” could have been the soundtrack to a lengthy discussion that opened this month’s Kingston City Council work session:
    Signs, signs, everywhere signs. Blockin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind …
    Council discussed a new, significantly revamped sign ordinance for the city, though it ultimately decided to table the issue until November at the suggestion of City Manager Jim Pinkerton.

  • Rabies shots to be available Saturday in Oliver Springs

    A rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Greene Farm and Garden at 645 E. Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs.
    Rabies shots are $10; annual distemper and parvo shots for dogs are also available for $10.
    Call Green’s at 435-4808 or Planned Pet-Hood at 882-9966 for details.

  • Band complaints prompt Kingston proposal limiting late-night noise

    Kingston City Council members tried speaking softly to a repeat violator of local noise ordinance.
    Now they’re pulling out the big stick.
    In this instance, the stick comes in the form of a revised ordinance that specifies actual decibel levels allowable at various times of day.
    Council members agreed at the Oct. 2 work session to vote on the ordinance’s first reading at the Oct. 9 full session.