Local News

  • County gets trial run on TVA campground

    Roane County will get to manage TVA’s Riley Creek Campground on a trial basis.

    The Roane County Commission approved  a license agreement for Roane County to operate the recreation area with the condition that it only be for a year.

    The full commission approved the agreement last week.

    TVA is requesting the county open the campground, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody at the March 10 meeting.

  • Youth group does own extreme makeover project

    This week, a special facility for youth in need is getting a makeover fit for a reality television show.

    In fact, Potters House Fellowship youth and adult volunteers had T-shirts tauting their work with Mission Team Oakdale and Extreme Makeover Children’s Home Edition logos.

    The youth group joined forces with other churches and community organizations from Roane and Morgan counties to make some much-needed improvements at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in Oakdale, which is run by Robert and Abby Rogers.

  • McMillan helps 400 as top blood donor

    Rockwood resident Brance McMillian, 76, recently donated his 96th pint of blood to Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville.
    Since joining Medic in 1963, McMillian’s donations have equaled over 12 gallons.
    McMillian was awarded a plaque recently recognizing his gracious donations and a T-shirt that reads “Super Donor.” Also noted on his plaque was the number of people — nearly 400 — who his contributions have helped.
    “I was surprised,” he said.

  • Preparing for the little leagues
  • Surplus funds must go to general fund

    There may be no more debate about what to do with monies from Rockwood surplus items.
    It was an issue of discussion when Rockwood City Councilwoman Peggy Evans felt all surplus monies should go toward raising a match for grant funds to build spec buildings at the Rockwood Municipal Airport.
    Rockwood City Council recently approved a resolution that directed all funds be deposited into general fund account under the revenue line item sale of general government materials.

  • Sex offender check finds violators

    Six registered sex offenders in Roane County were arrested on various charges after U.S. marshals and local law enforcement tracked them down this month.
    Authorities spent March 10-11 on Operation Midnight Jackal, a joint operation including the Harriman Police Department, Kingston Police Department, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee State Probation and the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, to ensure that registered sex offenders in Roane County were following restrictions based on their offenses.

  • Long term committee in limbo

    Long Term Recovery Committee meetings were frequent in the months following the ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Those meetings got less and less frequent as time passed by. It’s now to the point where the committee hasn’t met in a year.  
    “I haven’t really been approached saying we need this, or we don’t need it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Nobody’s really said anything about it.”

  • Thieves hit Bowers Elem.

    Harriman police arrested two people last Wednesday for breaking into Bowers Elementary School. The incident happened around 3 a.m.
    Jacob Scott Logue and Charles Kenneth Lawson are each charged with burglary, evading arrest and vandalism.
    Additional classrooms are being added at Bowers. The police report said a cinderblock from the construction work was used to bust a window to a classroom.
    Several muddy footprints were found inside the classroom, and the drawers to the teacher’s desk had been rummaged through as well, according to the report.  

  • DOE cleanup at Oak Ridge moves forward

    Cleanup at the Oak Ridge Reservation took a major leap forward in 2010, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management completing numerous projects that reduced risks, decreased the site’s footprint and paved the way for new development for DOE missions.
    Major accomplishments were completed across the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex and the East Tennessee Technology Park using baseline and Recovery Act funds.

  • Foggy Watts