Local News

  • Fleeing man killed by train

    Rockwood Police Department and Norfolk Southern are investigating a Monday afternoon accident that left a Rockwood man dead.

    Authorities at the scene identified the man as 38-year-old Ronald “Bubby” Treadway Jr.

    According to the E-911 report, the incident happened at 1:24 p.m.

    E-911 dispatchers reported they received a call that Treadway was at 111 Derrick St. allegedly trying to take pills from a home owner.

  • School board to discuss director search next month

    The Roane County Board of Education’s director of schools search committee is planning to meet on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. to discuss the process for hiring a new director.

    The meeting will be held at the central office building in Kingston.

    Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said Wayne Qualls might attend the meeting.

    In December the board voted to hire Qualls to act as a consultant in its search for a new director of schools.

  • Governor appoints RSCC director to state control board

    Roane State Community College criminal justice program director Elizabeth Lewis has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    Lewis said she and board members will consider the recommendations of inspectors who look at local jails in the state and decide whether to recommend recertification or a plan of action for the jail.

    “It is an extremely important board,” said Lewis.

  • Blood drive in Kingston

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive in Kingston on Jan. 25.

    The blood drive will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Well House at 915 N. Old Kentucky St., Kingston.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification.

    Donors will receive a free T-shirt as well as coupons for a free appetizer and one free admission ticket to an area attraction.

  • DAV needing van drivers

    Drivers are being sought for the Disabled American Veterans Post 86 van rider program.

    “I’m in a hurt locker for drivers,” van rider program coordinator John Maliskey said.

    The program will take Roane County veterans to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Maliskey said he’s spoken to a number of groups about the need for drivers. One of the biggest misconceptions, he said, is that you need a Q clearance or special endorsement to be a driver.

  • Nice weather for ducks?

    The expression “nice weather for ducks” is interpreted to mean torrential rain, but this fine-feathered friend at Kingston’s 58 Landing was determined to brave the snow as he casts a side-eyed glance at Roane County News photojournalist Goose Lindsay while Roane County resumed activity from the mid-week wintry mix.

    The little guy (or gal) likely was happy with the downpours Thursday night and Friday morning, but he may have to scurry for safety like the rest of the county with Friday’s forecasted winter blast.

  • Adopted teen reunites with biological family in Romania

    Dru Miller has always known he was adopted.

    Though raised in a loving home, the Rockwood teen admits he longed for information from his past.

    “I always questioned it,” he said.

    He got his chance to meet his family thanks to a Romanian television show that has segments featuring adopted Romanian children reunited with birth families.

    “When I got there I was completely speechless,” Miller said.

    “All my questions were gone. I was just psyched to see them.”

  • Paper mill comment deadline is Jan. 27

    Time is running out to comment on cleanup plans at the site where a papermill once sat in Harriman.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will close a public comment period on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has confidence the EPA cleanup will enable the city to eventually take ownership of and find a public use for the property.

    “I haven’t heard anything negative concerning the public,” Mason said. “The amount of qualifying toxins in the ground are minimal and will easily be removed by the EPA.”

  • Harriman wants your thoughts on recreation

    Harriman residents are being encouraged to give feedback on existing recreation programs and what new recreational opportunities they’d like to see in the city.

    A survey about the matter is available online and in hard copy at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    “It will take you less than five minutes,” said Rebecca Schwepfinger, the city’s special events and public relations coordinator.

    The survey may also be found online at www.cityofharriman.net.

  • Pitch would combine high schools

    Five high schools could eventually become a thing of the past in Roane County.

    Lewis Group Architects conducted a study for the Board of Education and came up with five different scenarios, which it presented to the board on Thursday.

    Scenario 1 calls for keeping Midway and Oliver Springs and combining Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood into one new school.

    Scenario 2 calls for keeping Midway and building two new schools. The Roane County High district would be split between the two new schools.