Local News

  • Still three ash spill workshops to go

    TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are halfway through a series of workshops on restoration of the river system affected by the Dec. 22, 2008, fly ash catastrophe.  
    Three have been held so far with the remaining ones set for May 3, May 17 and June 7 at Roane State Community College. 
    “We split this up into six workshops to try and be topic-specific,” EPA Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said.

  • Relay for Life update

    Some updates have been made to the schedule for the Relay for Life event Friday at Roane State Community College.
    Some entertainers were tentatively scheduled and unable to attend, and other event times were different in the finalized schedule.
    Opening ceremonies still kick off at 6 p.m. with the welcome, presentation of colors, National Anthem and Survivors medallion presentation and lap.
    At 7:30, the Dude Looks Like a Lady contest begins and Christian rock band Eclipse performs.

  • Yager drug bill passes

    The State Senate gave final approval to legislation this week that requires doctors or their designees to check Tennessee’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before initially prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine substance.
    Senate Bill 2253, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman, comes after a Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force report showed 56 percent of patients who receive opioid prescriptions have filled another opioid prescription within the previous 30 days.

  • Look-alike contests on again

    Start gathering your family photos for this year’s Roane County News mother-daughter and father-son look-alike contests.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards for each contest.
    The winning look-alike mother and daughter will each receive a $50 gift card.
    The same goes for the winning father and son.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the mother and daughter, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens - Saturday, May 12: A big day to help a child

    Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. — mark it on your calendar. That’s the start of the local CASA Run for the Child 5k run/walk and fun run at Roane State Community College. If the weather is anything like at last year’s event, it will be glorious.
    Currently, this is the biggest fundraiser for CASA, an organization whose sole function is to train volunteers to help children who wind up in the court system due to no fault of their own.

  • Henry Center namesake passes away

    The namesake of The Henry Center and son of one of Roane County’s biggest advocates for the developmentally disabled died Sunday.

    The 34-year-old John Henry was the son of Commissioner Jim Henry, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and his wife, Pat Henry.

    “We certainly send our condolences,” said Vicki Hix, vice president of children’s services at The Henry Center.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We know this is a very difficult time for them.”

  • UPDATED WITH CHARGES: Mayfield's son admits to vandalizing congressional opponent vehicle

    Michael Mayfield, the son of Republican congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield, damaged the tire of a Chuck Fleischmann campaign staffer on Tuesday.
    The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston and was caught on surveillance cameras.

    Tyler Threadgill, the staffer, filed a report with the Kingston Police Department.

  • Rockwood official quits

    Tom Pierce didn’t leave the decision on his future to Rockwood officials.
    The Rockwood City Council received a brief resignation letter Monday from the embattled former Rockwood public works director.
    Pierce was put on administrative leave earlier this year after auditors approached city officials about questionable purchases, including guns, with a city-owned credit card.

  • Kingston eyes 12-cent tax rate hike

    Even with a proposed 12-cent tax increase, Kingston City Council is looking at fewer goodies for several city departments in a fiscal year where a new city hall and a raise for city employees are paramount.
    Council members held an all-day budget workshop April 20, at which City Manager Jim Pinkerton presented the proposed budget for fiscal 2012-13.
    That was followed by individual requests from each city department head, making the case for projects that may not have made the city manager’s cut.

  • Boys & Girls Club effort gains ground

    After six years of planning and anticipating, the possibility of a Boys & Girls Club for Harriman lies in sight.
    The Boys & Girls Clubs is a nationwide organization that serves in more than 4,300 different locations. The organization’s mission is to create a safe, positive environment, supportive relationships, fun, opportunities and expectations and recognition to kids who are increasingly left to their own devices and may be at risk for falling into the wrong crowd.