Local News

  • VW center set to break ground

    A groundbreaking ceremony for Volkswagen’s parts distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is scheduled for March 13.

    Carsten Krebs, director of corporate communications for Volkswagen, said the company looks forward to working with Roane County.

    “We are quite excited about this,” he said. “We have had really good conversations, and we get the feeling it’s a really good partnership.”

    County officials are equally as excited.

  • Rockwood again under state scrutiny

    Taking steps to eliminate the fund balance deficit is just one of several items the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has told Rockwood officials they need to remedy.

    In a Feb. 16 letter, auditor Marcee Burnett of the Comptroller’s Division of Municipal Audit wrote that she did a limited review of the annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.

    “The report disclosed that the general fund had an ending deficit fund balance of $195,544 at year end,” she wrote.

  • Plea deal in works for man accused of raping 4-year-old

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old is close to reaching a plea deal, according to lawyers involved in the case.

    David L. Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of child rape.

    “We think we’re close in negotiations to settle that,” Dodd attorney Chris Cawood said. “If there is a settlement it will probably be on Monday.”

    Cawood wouldn’t discuss what kind of deal is in the works.

    “I can’t really disclose it now, until we see everything in writing,” he said.

  • Early Dunn director Harris now has home named in her honor

    Michael Dunn Center has grown from its humble beginnings in a small church space to its current location, the number of employees, service recipients and services, all tended under the leadership of former executive director Eileen Harris.

    Michael Dunn Center past and present employees, service recipients and community members recognized that dedication last week by naming one of its service-recipient residents in Harris’ honor.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant testing sirens Thursday

    Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1.

    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries. This is only a test.

  • Hospital to get new leadership

    Roane Medical Center’s longtime administrator won’t see the transfer to the new facility that is being built in Midtown.
    Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer, will be retiring in May.
    Covenant Health President and CEO Tony Spezia announced that Gaye Jolly, Covenant’s vice president of supply chain management, will be the hospital’s new president and CAO after Gann’s retirement.

  • VW center in Roane

    Volkswagen is going to have a presence in East Roane County.
    A lease agreement between the Roane County Industrial Development Board and VW Credit Inc., was recorded in the Register of Deeds Office on Feb. 21.
    The agreement, according to the memorandum of lease, is for a 400,000-square-foot parts distribution center on 55 acres of land in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • Venue change sought in Houston lawsuit

    The attorney for Pat Brown has asked Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars to order a change of venue for the upcoming civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.
    Brown’s son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones when both men died in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.
    Brown is suing the Houstons for $5 million. The case is set for trial April 16 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Meeting set on director of schools search

    The Roane County Board of Education will hold a community meeting on Thursday at Harriman High School to get public input on its search for a new director of schools.
    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. It is the only community meeting that has been planned in the director’s search. Turnout could dictate whether another one is scheduled. 

  • E-911 visit satisfies official

    When Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks went before Kingston City Council in January to discuss rate increases in the coming years, some council members looked ready to dial for help themselves.
    So Councilman John Byrkit paid a visit to the 911 Center and took careful stock of the operation, and of Hooks’ plans for its future.