Local News

  • Second try for budget in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council will once again be considering a second reading on a budget this Monday, Nov. 15.
    “Basically what I’m doing, I’m putting the budget we passed on first reading right, putting it on the table and I’m going to allow the council, if they have any amendments to that, I’m going to allow them in accordance with the law make recommendations,” said Mayor James Watts.
    The suggested budget has some employees getting a raise while the rest are only up for a bonus.

  • Rockwood man aims to bring an end to malaria

    Evangelist Leonard Heatherly of Rockwood has grown tired of waiting.
    Filled with passion and a sense of urgency, both Heatherly and his wife, Janie, are working hard to bring what could be a low-cost cure for malaria to the African people.
    Heatherly has been working steadily and progressively to grow wormwood tea in Africa since he started hearing about it in 2006.
    Also referred to as artemisia, this herbal tea is grown in China and has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years to control malaria.

  • Fitness Center one of college's best-kept secrets

    Roane State Community College has a little-recognized gem in a corner of the Roane County campus’ gymnasium.

    Students, teachers and community members can often be found utilizing the Fitness Center each weekday.

    “It is a wonderful asset; It is all about increasing the quality of life for the community,” said director Shaun Simpson.

    “We’ve got probably 100 members,” he added.

  • Berry up for Rockwood utilities' manager job

    Ron Berry is no stranger to politics or Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operations.

    And by the end of today, the Roane County commissioner could be overseeing the utilities’ operations — at least on a part-time basis.

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring Berry for the job during a special-called session at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Borrowing a concern for county’s chief

    This year voters decided a change was needed at the top of Roane County government.

    The man they chose to bring that change has spent his first few months on the job trying to deliver.  

    “I’m making an effort to change government,” new County Executive Ron Woody said. “I’m making an effort to change financial management in Roane County.”

    Woody has already encountered resistance in his effort to bring that change.

  • Tweaking done on TVA economic requests

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met late last month and unanimously approved two requests.
    One was from Roane County Schools to tweak its building plan to allow for completion of the Midway Middle School kitchen project. The other request was from the city of Harriman.
    “Out of the $100,000 that was allocated to the city of Harriman to pave Swan Pond Road, we’re going to have about $45,000 left over,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said. “I’m asking this board to consider letting us move that $45,000 down to this road on Carter Street that will access our ball fields.”

  • County OKs funding for some nonprofits

    The Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Nov. 8 to give $127,450 to non-profit organizations.
    The groups receiving money are Child and Family Services ($2,780), Michael Dunn Rehabilitation Center ($30,000), Mid-East Community Action Agency ($13,547), Roane County Heritage Commission ($1,500), Michael Dunn Day Care Center ($10,823), East Tennessee Human Resources Agency ($8,800), Roane County Rescue Squad ($35,000) and Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District ($25,000).

  • Happy Birthday Marines

    William Carothers, 84, of Ten Mile was the oldest veteran honored at the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps Monday night at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center. Carothers served in the Marines from 1944-46, and was stationed in Guam when the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II.

  • Bedbugs infest public housing

    A discarded couch may be what has spread a bedbug infestation at Clifty Manor, an apartment complex that is part of Harriman Housing Authority.

    That is what authority director Sheila Smith believes.

    “If the tenants would not pick up the stuff on the curb that has bedbugs,” Smith said. “All the time they are carrying it in.”

  • Two indicted on heroin charges

    Two Oliver Springs residents were named in a federal indictment charging them with distributing heroin that resulted in an alleged overdose.

    According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney William C. Killian’s office, Randall Keith Fowler, 47, and Brenda Lynn Fowler, 46, were charged with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, where serious bodily injury (an overdose) to another person resulted from the use of heroin.