Local News

  • Church aims to keep folks warm

    Speights Chapel AME Zion Church, Rockwood, will be giving out coats, blankets, gloves and hats to the needy at the church on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23.

    “We have been doing it for three years,” said church member Thelma Chrisco.

    Men’s, women’s and children’s items will be distributed at no cost from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

    “You would be surprised by the people who don’t have blankets,” she added.

  • Bread? Check. Milk? Check. Kitty litter?

    AAA is advising motorists to be careful and make sure their vehicles are prepared for an emergency in winter weather.

    According to data from the Federal Highway Administration, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet.

    “We see extreme cold weather cause dead batteries and dangerous road conditions,” said Don Lindsey, public affairs director of AAA Tennessee.

  • Roane County Schools OPEN Friday

    Roane County Schools will be open on Friday, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Aytes, who made the decision Thursday evening, said schools will be operating on regular schedule.

  • No school in Roane County on Thursday

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes has called off school in Roane County on Thursday due treacherous driving conditions caused by a wintry mix on Wednesday.

    It's the second snow day for Roane County students. The school system has 11 built-in snow days in its 2015-16 calendar.

    More information on weather conditions and closings as they develop will be posted on RoaneCounty.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Brrr! First cold, now snow?

    Preplanning and coordination.

    That’s what Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson says are the key to taking on a possible winter storm scheduled for today (Wednesday).

    “We started at 7:30 this morning, and we’ll work all day and maybe into tonight to get ready,” Ferguson said Tuesday.

  • Roane area residents urged to sound off about broadband

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is encouraging locals to take the state assessment on broadband Internet access.

    “We have a lot of spots in Roane County that still do not have broadband,” he said.

    Broadband Internet access is vital to Tennessee’s future, according to state officials.

    Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the statewide assessment earlier this month.

  • DUI among charges from head-on crash

    Ryan P. Price, a 33-year-old Oliver Springs man, is facing multiple charges for a head-on crash that occurred on Hwy. 61 near Scandlyn Hollow Road around 5 p.m. last Friday.

    The wreck was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    According to the report, Price was traveling east in the westbound lane in a 2003 Dodge Durango when he crashed into a 2014 Jeep Wrangler driven by 66-year-old Rodger Mattox of Oliver Springs.

    The report said Mattox tried to avoid the crash by swerving, but he was unsuccessful.

  • Harriman man accused of counterfeiting

    Harriman police said they uncovered counterfeit money and items used to manufacture counterfeit money at a home earlier this month.

    Eric Gann, 32, has been charged with criminal simulation in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Gann is suspected of using a counterfeit $100 bill to buy items at Rocky Top Market at 1008 S. Roane St., Harriman, on Jan. 10.

    “The defendant was positively identified by this affiant (Lt. Kent Warren) through the use of surveillance images,” the warrant said.

  • NAACP Roane County hosts Freedom Fund Banquet

    Roane County NAACP held it’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday evening at Roane State Community College, and a good time seemed to be had by the more than 100 in attendance.

    “I think everything went real well,” said Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge. “This is the only fundraiser we have and I counted 105 folks here tonight. The money we raise tonight takes care of our business from paying our utility bills to funding our scholarship program.”

  • Keep ID thieves at bay, support Dunn Center at shredding event

    Tired of it taking forever to shred your documents using a small shredder and cutting fingers when trying to unjam it?

    Have a small business or a relative’s estate you are in charge of?

    Michael Dunn Center’s Work Programs can destroy sensitive records safely, securely and confidentially.

    The Michael Dunn Center’s shredding truck will be in Kingston on Feb. 9 to shred documents for the public.

    The shredding event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower-level parking lot at The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St.