Local News

  • 'NCIS' storyline puts Watson in spotlight

    It’s been a big year for Roane County’s resident thespian.

    Muse Watson, the actor who calls the area home and whose passion for the arts helped save Harriman’s Princess Theater, spent the majority of 2010 working steadily in California.

    “We have a home out there, and so we’re out there 90 percent of the time,” he said during a recent pre-holiday respite in his Harriman home. “We used to spend a third of the year here in Roane County.”

  • Midway Middle construction under way

    Midway Middle School recently broke ground to complete a 94-foot competition-ready gymnasium with a lobby and concessions.


    Other work includes adding a kitchen to the cafeteria, allowing school food workers to prepare meals onsite.


    At present, food is prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.


    The new construction and additions are funded through reparation money TVA is paying the county for the 2008 fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Rockwood woman hurt in fire dies on Christmas Eve

    A 60-year-old Rockwood woman who was injured in a house fire a few weeks ago died on Christmas Eve.

    Firefighters rescued Inez Newman from a home on Trinity Avenue in Rockwood on Dec. 12.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said on Thursday he was uncertain about the cause of her death.

    He said in initial fire reports that Newman suffered burns and heavy smoke inhalation during the fire.

  • 11 for 2011: A look ahead at top stories of the new year.

    Retrospectives are easy.  This year, we are looking to the future to anticipate, in no particular order, the top 11 stories of 2011.

  • 'Repulsive' lawyer wins again

    Attorney Chris Cawood got some good news a few days before Christmas.
    He came out victorious in his latest legal battle with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    The board sought to have Cawood disciplined for a sexual tryst he had with two women in his law office.
    The board’s own hearing panel and a judge determined no discipline was warranted.
    Instead of dropping the matter, the board appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Gypsum-selling efforts still a no-go at Kingston Fossil Plant

    Ponds aren’t always the final resting place for gypsum produced at TVA’s coal-fired power plants.
    John Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products, said the gypsum produced at the Cumberland Fossil Plant is sold and used to make wallboard.
    “Here at Kingston, it’s being pumped out to this big pond,” Kammeyer said.
    That was before the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond.
    A leak was discovered in the pond on Dec. 15.

  • White Christmas to be followed by warmup

    Roane Countians got to revel in a white Christmas on Saturday — even if it was only for a while.
    Snow fell across the county.
    David Hotz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, said the amounts varied throughout East Tennessee.  
    “Roane County, I think, was more between like 1 to 2 inches,” he said. “I think maybe the southern part of Roane County picked up a little bit more than that. If you go down to Chattanooga, they had more like between 4 and 6 inches.”

  • Hopes of Harriman run with Channel 15

    Channel 15, Harriman’s new government access channel has the capabilities to put on quite a production.
    Bill Landry, known for his narration and other roles with “The Heartland Series,” said the station has the same level of equipment as some professional outfits.
    “This is as good equipment as (Knoxville’s) Channel 10 has; it just doesn’t have as much,” Landry said.

  • Tax incentive changes aimed at distribution center

    Officials are optimistic about Roane County’s chances of landing a new distribution industry at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The County Commission approved a package of incentives at the Dec. 13 meeting.

    Officials said the industry made a counter offer, which caused the resolution about the incentives to be amended.

    “They said if we do that, they would recommend our site to their board,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • New phase of work on old courthouse work begins

    Plaster, wood and dust fill the second floor of the historic Roane County courthouse.

    The sound of power tools and construction workers adding steps at the foot of a door reverberate through the chilly air of what used to be the courtroom, as the Roane County Heritage Commission kicks off its second phase of renovation after multiple delays.