Local News

  • WATERY GRAVES? Civil War-era cemetery faces erosion from lake

    Buddy Marsh has worn out countless lawn mowers and even a few chainsaws while taking care of Kindrick Cemetery.
    After being severely maimed in 1968 while attempting to drag a wounded comrade to safety, the Vietnam War veteran came home to Rockwood to try and rebuild his life.
    That’s when he began a labor of love that would continue the next 44 years at an historic burial ground next to his family’s farm on Watts Bar Lake.

  • District 2: 3 hopefuls for 2 seats

    In the District 2 Roane County Board of Education race, it’s may the best men win.
    Darrell “Drack” Langley, Frank Mee and Danny Wright are vying for the district’s two seats. 
    “The other two gentlemen that are running are friends of mine,” Wright said. “They’re great people. I have nothing bad to say about them in any shape, form or fashion.”
    Four years ago, Langley and Mee were unopposed when they ran for re-election in District 2, which includes Harriman.

  • County picks up small land parcel in Kingston

    Roane County government is buying another property near the jail in Kingston. This one is located at 212 Parks Ave.  
    A single-family home sits on the property, but the county doesn’t appear interested in using it for office space.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the plan is to raze it and turn the property into a parking lot.
    According to state real estate records, the property has an appraised value of $48,100. 

  • Red Cross looking for Roane volunteers

    The American Red Cross East Tennessee Region is looking for volunteers in the Roane County area to assist with local disasters when they happen. 
    Volunteer duties would include, but are not limited to, opening disaster shelters and assisting those that have been affected by disasters, including victims of house or apartment fires, tornadoes, strong storms and more. 
    Volunteers would also have the opportunity to deploy on national disasters assignments if they would like. 

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Singing those rainy weather, faulty-mower blues

    This is the time of year the forces of nature and technology team up against me.
    Here’s what happens:
    Every year I vow that I am going to keep my yard — yes, even the steep, weedy back section — mowed and neat.
    Then July kicks in and the trouble starts.
    (Actually, the real trouble begins in June, when a drought spell invariably hits right before my vacation.)
    I realize that if I mow before I go, I’ll come back to a lawn of brown straw. So I leave without mowing.

  • Morgan swears threat happened

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan insists he’s telling the truth about an alleged incident that happened near the courthouse on July 13.

    Morgan called 911 at 3:13 p.m. on July 13 and said incumbent property assessor Teresa Kirkham threatened to whip his (expletive) if he mentioned her name again.

    Morgan said his campaign volunteer, Mike Elmore, was standing beside him when Kirkham allegedly made her threat.

    Elmore vouched for Morgan’s story.  

  • Billie Cox Hale dies

    One of South Harriman’s most passionate historians is now a rich part of the history she so lovingly shared.

    Billie Cox Hale, who often wrote a column on the people of South Harriman, died on Tuesday, July 17, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The former Harriman native, who was a member of Harriman Christian Church, had been living in Sweetwater.

  • Former Harriman coach quits

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said former Harriman High School basketball coach Jeff King resigned from the school system on Monday.
    “He sent an email, and we are now waiting on a hard copy,” Aytes said.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with a student. A young woman was charged with burglary recently at his Sweetwater home.
    King had been a teacher and the boys basketball coach at Harriman High School.

  • District 7 candidates easy-going

    School board members, like anyone holding a job, can use a refreshing every now and then. 
    “It’s like anything else,” Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill said. “You get a little bit worn out sometimes, but you just regenerate and come back. That’s what I hope to do the next four years.”
    Massengill is running for re-election. He faces Tammy Lyle in the District 7 race.
    “We’ll just leave it up to the people, and I’m content with whatever they decide,” Lyle said.

  • VFD still waiting on ISO info

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson expressed frustration about the lack of action on his community’s ISO review back in February. Fast forward five months, and Nelson is still waiting.
    “We’re waiting on ISO,” said Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services. “We’ve done all we can.”
    The issue of Blair’s ISO review came up at last week’s Roane County Fire Board meeting.