Local News

  • Harriman appoints board members

    Harriman City Council approved a number of board and committee appointments recently.
    Councilmen Buddy Holley was appointed to the police board, Chris Ahler to the fire board and J.D. Sampson to the finance committee.
    Library board appointees were Mary Hickey, Sarah McCoin and Gina Griffis.

  • Hand quilters patch it together

    Quilting by hand has become a lost art in today’s technology-driven world.
    However, a group of seven Roane County women strives to keep the tradition alive by meeting twice a week at the Kingston Community Center for a quilt-crafting workshop.
    As a partnership between the Kingston Community Center and Mid-East Community Action Agency, the women meet each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon to create masterpieces.

  • Tax penalties still sought for former road chief candidate Mullins

    Former road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins could still be on the hook for the penalties and interest that has accrued on his unpaid Roane County taxes. 
    Mullins is suing the county, claiming he’s owed money for work he did during construction of the county jail.
    Even though his unpaid taxes pre-date that project, Mullins’ attorney filed a motion in July asking that penalties and interest be waived because of the litigation pending over the jail project.

  • Dog-mauling victim better

    Dalton Broshears, the 4-year-old Roane County boy who was mauled by two pit bulls in May, is doing fine, according to his grandmother.
    “He stayed in the hospital for several days,” Ann Wells said. “Their real main fear was infection. Thank God we conquered that.”
    Dalton attended the Harriman Night Out last month and could be seen smiling and having a good time as he played on an inflatable slide.

  • Roane Rock finder shares story

    It was finders-keepers last Tuesday afternoon for Alesia Gallagher.
    The Rockwood woman successfully retrieved the Roane Rock, which was hidden along Hwy. 58 near Riley’s Creek Campground, in the culmination of a new contest sponsored by the Roane County News.
    She was awarded a pair of $50 gift cards as well as a six-month subscription to the newspaper.
    “When I found it, I just stood there in disbelief,” Gallagher said.
    She had faithfully followed 11 clues in the newspaper since the contest began in late July.

  • The search for RSCC president


    It’s what the three Roane State Community College presidential hopefuls have in common in their present roles as college administrators, and it’s what they plan to bring with them to help Roane State on his path to success.

    The three candidates —  Chris Whaley, W. Michael Stoy and Elizabeth Lewis — were quizzed in last week’s interviews about everything from raising graduation rates to community partnerships, such as those with industries and the K-12 school system.

  • 'I do solemnly swear ...' New leaders take oath of office

    Six people who were victorious in their bids for election last month participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the Roane County Courthouse on Friday.

    “It was a nice ceremony for our newly elected and re-elected officials,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I was pleased with it.”

    The group included Property Assessor David Morgan and Board of Education members Danny Wright, Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago and Hugh Johnson.

  • Two hurt in boat explosion

    Tragedy marked the beginning of the Labor Day boating weekend on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County.

    Emergency personnel from several agencies were called to the scene of a boat explosion early Friday afternoon at the Caney Creek public boat launch area.

    Upon arrival, first responders found a pleasure craft boat adrift and fully engulfed in flames. Two male occupants of the boat were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being burned during the explosion and fire. Their names were unavailable at presstime.

  • Fireman’s charges dropped

    The District Attorney General’s Office does not plan to prosecute Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell.

    The arresting officer in the case, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Kennedy, abruptly resigned last week, according to Sheriff Jack Stockton.  

    “In light of this development, we will not be proceeding with a prosecution of Mr. Mitchell,” Johnson wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson.

  • Work searches required for unemployment

    Beginning Sept. 1, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will implement the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012.

    The act requires all unemployment claimants in Tennessee to demonstrate valid work search activity and maintain a work search log.

    Failure to comply with the new law will result in a loss of benefits.

    Notices are being mailed to all claimants receiving Tennessee Unemployment Compensation informing them of the new requirements to continue receiving benefits.