Local News

  • Selling the Boom

    Wayne Lewis has been selling fireworks for the past 10 years in Roane County. Louie's Fireworks is located at Swamp Pond and Highway 70. Lewis and his wife, ReGennia, started selling fireworks for their children.
    "It's a family thing, we don't try and make a lot on our fireworks," Lewis said, "Just something we love to do together."
    Lewis and his wife stay at their location throughout the night to keep an eye on things. Having a bed, coffee machine, microwave and potable toilet help make the nights easier.

  • Harriman councilman owes county taxes

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson loyally attends city meetings.

    He’s so passionate about the city he serves that he won’t shop elsewhere, and he often playfully chides officials for shopping at Walmart, the retail giant that left Harriman for Rockwood years ago.

    His loyalty, though noble, may mean little if he doesn’t
    pay back taxes owed to the county.

  • Pinnacle Pointe suit may be out

    An end to a six-year-long battle over who owes whom between the city of Harriman and shopping-center developers may soon come to an end if a Harriman official has his way.

    Harriman officials will discuss Tuesday whether to drop litigation against Prestige Land Co.’s Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham, developers of Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

  • Last load of ash excavated from TVA Kingston spill site

    Friday marked another milestone in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “As of today, we have removed the last load of ash from the lake that we intend to,” said Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    “We are now done excavating ash.”

  • Comptroller visits in Roane

    Taking on public corruption doesn’t come without some backlash.

    “That’s part of the game,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson said.

    “We have people who don’t think we’re accurate. We have people who don’t think we’re fair or there are people that just don’t like for us to say what we found.”

    Wilson, one of the state’s constitutional officers, visited Roane County on Friday.

  • Rocky Houston wants a lawyer, after all

    After months of representing himself, Rocky Houston is ready to call it quits.

    He filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week asking for an attorney.

    “I, Rocky Joe Houston, is requesting the appointment of a competent legal counsel representative free from conflict of interest to represent me
    on said criminal charges,” he wrote in the motion.

    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

  • Harriman slated to finalize budget with no new taxes

    Harriman will likely finalize its 2014 fiscal budget on second reading Tuesday.

    Harriman City Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. following the fire board meeting.

    The proposed budget, which includes no proposed property tax increase, has general fund revenue of $7.5 million and appropriations of $7.2 million.

    Unappropriated fund balance is $210,110, with a total unassigned fund balance of $834,272.

  • Kingston revved up for holiday boat races

    The long wait is nearly over.

    Anticipation is high as Kingston Parks and Recreation officials work this week to bring popular powerboat races back to the city’s waterfront for the first time in almost two decades.

    The American Powerboat Association will have its Pro Class national championship races at Fort Southwest Point, with trials beginning Monday July 1, and racing heats to follow July 2-4.

  • Pub quest continues with beer board

    Roma L. Christopher isn’t giving up her quest for a beer permit. She re-filed her application last week. 
    Christopher, who wants to sell beer at the Grill & Pub under a different name, appeared before the Roane County Beer Board on June 11. Chairman Copper Bacon got no response from the other four members when he asked for a motion to hear Christopher’s application.  
    “The board is not going to listen to your application,” Bacon told Christopher.
    She asked for an explanation, but wasn’t given one.

  • VW distribution center opens

    If someone wants to build an Audi A4, they could find all the parts at Volkswagen’s new Southeast Regional Distribution Center in Roane County.
    “That means we’ll have nuts, screws, bolts, windshields, tires, engines, transmissions, sheet metal,” Volkswagen’s Vice President of Parts and Vehicle Logistics Anu Goel said. “Anything you need to build the car, we’ll have stored in this building.”