Local News

  • Goody, Goody – two new stores

    Goody’s is returning to Rockwood, and will be joined by Tractor Supply Co. to expand the city’s retail base.

    “Tractor Supply Co. should be open late February or March,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts. “They are taking half of the Flea World building.”

    Watts said store officials had looked at the former Kroger complex, but that building is or was tied up in bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Steel plant closing in March

    Dozens of Roane Countians will soon find themselves out of work due to ArcelorMittal’s decision to close its facility in Harriman by March 31.

    The facility’s high cost of production and limits in its steelmaking led to the decision, ArcelorMittal said.  

  • Would-be strangler sentenced

    A man who raped a college student in Putnam County and later tried to strangle her with jumper cables in Roane County will serve 25 years in prison.

    Waford Knight Bryant was sentenced in Putnam County Criminal Court on Monday.

    “We talked to the victim and her family, and everybody was pleased with the resolution,” said Tony Craighead, a prosecutor with the 13th Judicial District.

    Bryant lived in the same apartment complex as the victim in Putnam County.

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  • Officer of the year looms large

    At 6 feet, 5 inches, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Kittrell stands out in a crowd.
    However, it wasn’t his height that separated him from his peers in 2010. Sheriff Jack Stockton said it was his work ethic.
    “He’s dependable,” Stockton said. “Any assignment that he’s given, he’d follow through with the assignment and you don’t have to check behind him. You know that it’s done once you give him an assignment.”

  • Woman dies in Harriman fire

    A 68-year-old Harriman woman was found dead at her 902 Clifty St. home by Harriman firefighters who responded to a fire last Friday around 10 a.m.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the deceased, Elizabeth Brown Bryant, lived in the duplex-style home of the Harriman Housing Authority at the corner of Clifty and Georgia streets.

    Emergency personnel found her near the entrance of her home.

  • Patton wins appeal on criminal charges

    An ouster proceeding in June 2009 got constable Mark Patton kicked out of office.

    It also proved fatal to the state’s criminal case against Patton.

    On Monday, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals threw out a three-count indictment against Patton because he was compelled to testify.   

  • Officeholders set up shop

    New officeholders U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Rep. Julia Hurley are in the process of opening their regional offices.

    While Roane County residents are losing the proximity of DesJarlais’ predecessor,  former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis’ Roane County office, DesJarlais staff said they will be more than able to be a presence in all the district’s communities, using people in the field and using online tools.

    The nearest field office will be in neighboring Crossville, with two others in Columbia and Winchester.

  • Harriman ponders building code changes

    Harriman approved on first reading moving to the 2006 edition of the International Building Code.

    The change, along with to the 2006 editions of the International Residential Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code, among others, will not mean much, according to officials.

    “It is the same code being used by the county and most surrounding jurisdictions as well as that adopted by the state,” said building inspector Maria Nelson in an interview prior to last week’s vote.