Local News

  • Tiger Haven buys more land, but has no plans to expand

    Tiger Haven has purchased 11 acres adjacent to its big cat sanctuary in East Roane County.
    Freddie L. Pesterfield is listed as the seller on the warranty deed, which was filed with the Register of Deeds Office last month. The purchase price for the property was listed at $66,000.
    Tiger Haven is located on Harvey Road. According to its website, Tiger Haven is home to more than 280 big cats. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Harriman won't put manager on ballot

    Harriman voters won’t get a say on whether they would like to have a city manager-style of government.
    At least not yet.
    While some Harriman City Council members have said they’d prefer a decision from city voters over having to make one themselves, that’s not how the majority voted last week when council member Ken Mynatt took steps toward giving constituents that choice on the Nov. 2 ballot.
    “This way, we let the citizens decide,” he proposed in making a motion to that end.

  • One-minute meeting tells bigger story in Rockwood

    With less than a minute between opening and closing gavel raps, Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board’s called meeting on Tuesday could go down as the shortest on record.
    What wasn’t said, however, overshadowed what was supposed to be discussion about possible increases in gas and water rates.

  • State says assessor's request OK

    State officials said Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham did no wrong when she requested raises for the five-member County Board of Equalization.     
    “We looked at that, and we don’t see it’s an issue,” said Robert Lee, general counsel for the Tennessee  Comptroller’s Office.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he’s also spoken with Lee and could wrap up his investigation into the matter on Friday.

  • EPA bows to pressure, sets Knoxville coal ash hearing

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done an about-face:
    It will now hold a hearing on proposed coal ash rules closer to Roane County, site of the Dec. 22, 2008, catastrophe that got the government talking about the need for tougher ash regulation.
    “EPA will hold a final hearing in Knoxville, Tenn., the week of Oct. 25,” the agency said in an e-mail.
    Officials said they were still  making arrangements on the exact date and place.

  • Harriman gets perfect score from state on waterworks

    Harriman Utility Board got a perfect score — a 100 — on its sanitary survey of the utility’s waterworks.
    The Tennessee Division of Water Supply conducted the survey July 21.
    While plants do receive the high score, its a rarity, according to Harriman Utility Board officials.
    “I can’t tell you how proud I am of our water plant operators and our water crew,” HUB Manager Chuck Flora said.
    “You don’t get those 100s by yourself,” said Frankie Davis, water and gas superintendent.

  • Shots fired at Midway school

    Someone shot up the front of Midway High School Wednesday night.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said no one was inside the school when the shooting occurred.
    It was reported to E-911 at 11:25 p.m.
    “The officers arrived and found more than 20 rounds shot through the front of the building, the door facing and some internal damage was done to the block walls inside the offices and inside the school,” Stockton said.
    The sheriff said Thursday morning that his officers were still trying to identify possible suspects.  

  • Nails a hazard on Barnard Narrows Road

    The Roane County Highway Department responded to Barnard Narrows Road on Wednesday after being notified nails were on the road.
    “Our kids travel this road on buses,” resident Juanita Johnson said. “Our mail man comes through here, and we just don’t need this. We don’t need nothing that’s going to endanger any of us.”
    County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said he was aware of the situation, but had yet to be briefed by the employee who responded to pick up the nails.

  • Flying field feud finally settled

    That was the exclamation heard from Harriman Councilman Chase Tedder, who was relieved that the issue of renewal of a lease of city industrial property finally had been dealt with.
    Harriman City Council approved the renewal of a lease for the airstrip area used by the Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club on Tuesday.
    “See you in three years, men. Hopefully we’ll have it developed,” Tedder said.

  • Alexander helps get EPA hearings in Knoxville

    It took some arm-twisting, but finally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduling a hearing on proposed changes in the classification of coal ash in the area.
    The Knoxville hearing, announced by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander Wednesday, is reasonably close to the site of the 2008 ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant — one of the nation’s biggest environmental disasters. Alexander, who did much of the arm-twisting, had asked for a hearing in Kingston.