Local News

  • McGriff hopes to work with rural schools as retiree

    As her tenure as Roane County director of schools was winding down, Toni McGriff said she was looking forward to some R and R.
    “I don’t have any immediate plans other than just resting and reflecting a little bit I guess,” said McGriff, whose retirement became effective June 30.
    In addition to taking some R-and-R, McGriff said she’d also like to do some consulting work for rural school systems in her retirement.

  • E-book use rising at state library

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives says the popularity of its  Regional E-book and Audio Download System program has been on the rise over the last fiscal year.
    READS is a free program that offers thousands of digital e-books and audio books to patrons of public libraries that belong to the Tennessee Regional Library System with the simple click of a mouse.
    Digital titles can be downloaded to a personal computer or a variety of portable devices.

  • New AMTEC grads at Roane State

    Area students recently graduated from Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

  • Aytes in it for right reasons

    Gary Aytes’ ascension to Roane County director of schools is rooted growing up as a student in rural East Tennessee.

    “Neither of my parents were educated, but they were very determined that I be educated,” Aytes said during his interview with the Roane County Board of Education earlier this year.

    Aytes said he went to a two-room school in Morgan County that had a teaching principal and another teacher.

  • Mullins voting history leans Democrat

    Roane County Republican Party Chairwoman Flo Charles kept her comments at a minimum when asked about the voting record of county road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins.
    According to Election Commission records, Mullins has voted in Democratic primaries eight times since 1998, but he’s now running as a Republican. 
    “Mr. Brian Mullins’ word of being a Republican now, I would say some things about that, but I won’t,” Charles said.

  • Emphatic ‘No’s’ stall Rockwood budget again

    Rockwood officials sped through a list of amendments to a proposed 2013 budget before failing to pass a first reading at a recent special-called meeting.
    One of the hot-button amendments that failed was to return funding for a city administrator, which is now empty since the vacancy of recently dethroned Jack Miller.
    Council members Pete Wright, Jason Jolly and Jane Long voted down returning the funding for the position despite Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ earlier pleas to the contrary.

  • Jail students study hard, earn GED

    Some people serving time decided to take advantage of those long hours by pursuing an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.  They are getting their GEDs, an alternative path for those who did not earn a high school diploma.
    Lt. Maretta McNichol, who oversees Roane County jail operations, said many of the individuals she comes across at the jail want something more for themselves and their families.
    “People grow up, and people do change,” McNichol said. “They do want to better their lives.”

  • Critical incident response training at RSCC

    Fourteen law enforcement officers underwent training last week during a Critical Incident Response/Active Shooter class hosted by Roane State Community College’s main campus.
    The class was a cooperative effort between the Harriman Police Department and Roane State. Instructors were from Tactical Advantages Corp., a private Knoxville-based company that offers training in law enforcement tactics.

  • Largen and city disagree on mowing of property

    Harriman officials and the owner of a strip of land fronting Ruby Tuesdays are fighting over whether the city can order the lots to be mowed.
    “They want me to mow it, make it like a lawn so it will be attractive to customers at Ruby Tuesdays,” said Gerald Largen, a local attorney and a columnist for the Roane County News.
    Largen contends he’s not required to mow the property; the city begs to differ.

  • Midtown home ravaged by fire

    A home in Midtown was heavily damaged in a fire Thursday afternoon at 235 Martin Hollow Road.
     “The people stated they had gone to pick up someone from work and when they returned they found it on fire,” said Midtown Fire Chief Randy Scarborough. “I reckon they’ll be staying with relatives that live nearby.”