Local News

  • EPA sets details for Knoxville hearing on ash

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.

  • Stop sign confusion reigns in Rockwood

    It’s been a stop-and-go kind of summer for Rockwood’s Strang Street and Kingston Avenue intersection.

    Stop signs were removed from Kingston Avenue earlier this year to make the crossing a two-way stop on Strang Street and help the flow of traffic.

    The measure was short-lived: Rockwood City Council voted Monday to replace those Kingston Avenue signs and restore the intersection to its former four-way-stop status.

  • Pray to stay: B&B opens in Oliver Springs church

    A beautiful house of worship is getting new life as a different sort of home in Oliver Springs.

    The Windmill Inn, a large bed-and-breakfast, is in what was once the Beech Park Baptist Church.

    A windmill now adorns the front of the building, and plans to remove the church steeple and replace it with a windmill are in the works.

    Inside, the sanctuary has been converted into a large living room and large wood shutters can be shut to block the brilliant rays of light streaming through the stained glass windows.

  • Rockwood moves to disband water board

    Rockwood officials have been pushed into emergency mode following a warning that three city-operated utilities might be in violation state law for mingling operating funds.

    That’s why four city leaders decided Monday to take steps toward eliminating the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board — the governing body that oversees operations of the three utilities.

  • Doctor's departure behind VA clinic shut-down

    The recent closure of the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood is temporary, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The clinic had just opened in June.

    “It is going to reopen, but we don’t have a date yet,” said Chris Alexander, a spokesman for the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    The clinic is at 450 S. Chamberlain Ave. in the Chamberlain Professional Building.

    Instead of being run by the VA, the clinic is operated by a private contractor.

  • Pot plants found in Shady Shores closet

    Authorities found another illegal marijuana-growing operation.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Bryan Walker said the plants were being grown inside a closet at 277 Shady Shores Lane in the eastern part of the county.

    Walker said Stephen Simpson and Toby Townson were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana. He said mostly young plants were found last week.

    Multiple marijuana-growing operations have been uncovered in recent months.

  • Langley named the new school board chief

    Darrell “Drack” Langley is the new chairman of the Roane County Board of Education.

    The vote was unanimous to give him that position at the Sept. 16 board meeting.

    Sam Cox was a unanimous choice as vice chairman.  

    Langley succeeds Mike “Brillo” Miller, who served as chairman the past 12 months.

    “Mr. Langley, it’s your turn, big man,” Miller said. “You’ve been there, done that.”

  • Harriman approves MMA fight at Riverfront Park

    Rockwood might not be interested, but Harriman City Council wasn’t discouraged from approving use of their facilities for a mixed martial arts competition.

    “It is a positive thing to bring more people into town. It is a growing sport,” Councilman Chase Tedder said.

    Harriman gave the nod to Steve Robinette, who has been a big advocate of the sport in the area, including training people he believes have potential to make it big professionally.

  • TVA releases draft plan for agency's future

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a draft of its Integrated Resource Plan, a comprehensive study that will help guide efforts to meet regional electricity needs over the next 20 years.

    Titled “TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future,” the study analyzes potential combinations of economic and regulatory trends in the coming years and provides recommendations for addressing them.

  • Diverse personalities oversee county’s spending, savings

    Roane County’s new budget committee will meet for the first time today — Sept. 20 — at 3 p.m. in the county executive’s conference room at the courthouse.

    “I’m looking forward to working with those guys,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “We won’t always agree, but that’s what causes debate.”

    The commission unanimously approved new County Executive Ron Woody’s budget committee recommendations last week.