Local News

  • Crawling horned caterpillar
  • Big brush fire breaks out near three schools

    An out-of-control brush fire covered approximately 75 acres — coming over the ridge near Midway Elementary, Midway Middle School and Midway High School Tuesday afternoon.

    Keeping the schools safe took an team effort involving East Roane County, South Roane County andMidtown volunteer fire departments, Roane County Rescue Squad and Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Forestry Division.

    Although the brush fire was in close to the schools, evacuation was not needed, officials said.

  • Fiery crash kills four

    A mother and her three children died in a fiery crash on Tuesday. The accident happened on Hwy. 61 north of Harriman a little after 6 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the woman was traveling west when her SUV crossed the center line and struck a tractor trailer head-on. Both vehicles caught on fire.
    “It was bad,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, said of the wreck.
    The tractor trailer driver, Joe R. Sexton, suffered only minor injuries. All four occupants in the SUV were killed.

  • Beer board fumes over delays

    For the second time, the Roane County Beer Board recessed a special-called meeting without taking action on the petition to revoke Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton’s beer permit. The latest break came on Monday.

    “How many times are we going to postpone or go into recess?” Commissioner Steve Kelley asked. “This could go on indefinitely. We have the right to make a decision if we want to.”

  • County votes to buy site near jail

    During the August Roane County Commission meeting, County Executive Ron Woody said firm numbers had not been gathered on what it would cost to raze a house behind the jail and turn it into a parking lot.

    Commissioner Chris Johnson said he has an idea of what it will cost.

    “You’ll probably end up with a $90,000 to $100,000 project for about, I estimated, maybe 15 cars in there,” Johnson said. “I can’t support that.”

  • More county land purchases anticipated

    Anyone with property to sell adjacent to the Roane County Jail might not have trouble finding a buyer.

    “I think it’s in the best interest of the county to start looking at that area over there for what we may need three, four, five, 10 years down the road,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told commissioners at their August meeting.

    The jail, on Third Street in Kingston, is connected to the Dollar General Store and near several dwellings.

  • Wreck on Hwy. 70
  • A good day for a stroll
  • A Rockwood princess faces rare genetic disorder

    A rare condition creates daily struggles for a Rockwood girl, but she and the grandparents who are raising her do the best they can to live normally.

    For Emilie Gregg, 6, this includes going back to kindergarten despite a genetic disorder known as plasminogen deficiency, which causes thick, sometimes wood-like masses to develop in her eyes and in other parts of her body, including her mouth and trachea.  

  • Houstons no show at hearing

    One courtroom spectator commented that it was the easiest Houston hearing on record. That happens when the brothers don’t show up, which was the case on Friday.   

    “Is there any sign that the defendants are present anywhere in the courthouse?” Circuit Judge Amy Hollars asked moments after she took the bench for the 1 p.m. hearing.  

    Rocky and Leon Houston were no where to be found.