Local News

  • Man dies in truck accident

    Poplar Creek was the site of a fatal truck wreck on Friday.
    The accident happened around 8:30 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James D. Finks was traveling north on Hwy. 327 in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck.
    The truck, according to the THP, drove off the left side of the roadway, striking a guardrail and railroad overpass.
    The truck overturned onto its top into Poplar Creek. The report said it was fully submerged.
    Finks, 53, had an Old Harriman Highway address.

  • Woods suicide after unemployment loss

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and chief appraiser Melvin Moore testified against J.T. Woods at an unemployment hearing the day before Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    According to records released in the case by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Kirkham filed an appeal against the payment of benefits to Woods on May 10.  
    The hearing was held in Knoxville on May 30. An appeals tribunal reviewed the record in the case and determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.

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  • National Guard ups bonus ante

    The Tennessee Army National Guard this week announced a new bonus policy that went into effect June 5.
    This policy has five different tiers of bonuses ranging from $5,000 all the way up to $15,000 for new enlistees.
    According to Lt. Col. Andy Easterly, Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, the incentives are designed to provide unit commanders the ability to fill critical positions in their units, further enhancing overall readiness.

  • Sights from this past weekend
  • Some epic voyages start out from Watts Bar Lake

    For some boaters, Watts Barr Lake is a popular weekend destination.

    For others, it can be a means to get somewhere else.

    Take Jim McKay of Ten Mile. He has launched his sailboat in Watts Bar and traveled all the way to Mobile Bay, Ala., on the Gulf of Mexico.

    McKay and his wife,  Cyndi, have also completed a long voyage on a route boaters know as the Great Loop.

  • Tribunal backs Kirkham in Woods unemployment case

    The day before J.T. Woods committed suicide outside the home of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham, a hearing regarding his unemployment benefits was held in Knoxville. An appeals tribunal determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.
    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released records in the case on Monday.
    Woods was a former employee of Kirkham’s, and at the time of his suicide on May 31, a candidate against her in the property assessor’s race.

  • Assessor’s ex appeals reappraisal

    Business partners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan may have to give up some proprietary information in the fight to have their 2010 property appraisals lowered. During a status conference at the Roane County Courthouse last Thursday, attorney Robert Lee said he wants to see any lease agreements on the properties that Kirkham and Duncan are appealing.

  • Ex director, Woody listed in lawsuit

    Sonya Brooks and Karen Human didn’t go quietly when they got laid-off from the Roane County Ambulance Department in January 2011.

    They showed up at the following month’s County Commission meeting, and Human had some strong comments about then ambulance director Gloria Wright.

    Over a year later Brooks and Human are still sore with some people for losing their jobs.

    The two are suing Wright, County Executive Ron Woody and Roane County Government in Circuit Court.

  • Armored truck joins sheriff fleet

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is better equipped to deal with a high risk situation thanks to the addition of an armored truck.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the security firm WSI Oak Ridge donated the vehicle to the sheriff’s office last week.
    “We’re grateful to have it,” he said.

    Unlike a patrol car, the used Ford F350 truck is supposed to withstand bullets. Phillips said it’s outfitted with armor plates and bullet-proof glass.