Local News

  • Triangle Park racing against grant deadline

    The Triangle Park Association is in a use it or lose it situation with regard to money for improvements at F.R. Davis Park.

    The association was awarded $6,000 last summer from First Tennessee Bank for the triangle shaped park that inspired its common moniker of Triangle Park.

    Organizer Chrystal Jones hopes the city will help with matching funds so they don’t lose the grant, which she said is to resurface the basketball court.

  • Oak Ridge Airport awaits nod from FAA

    The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to grant approval for the proposed Oak Ridge Airport.

    Backers of the project are still hopeful the agency will. They shared their optimism with the Oak Ridge City Council during a meeting last week.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Got it rough? Try living on meal and parched corn

    Gentle reader, you may recall having seen in the paper a notice of a presentation of a lecture concerning the lost town of Montgomery in Morgan County scheduled for presentation by Michael Nance at the headquarters building for the Obed Wild and Scenic River in downtown Wartburg last Saturday. We are pleased to report that, despite the rainy, overcast weather, there was a fine turnout to hear this interesting presentation, including several Roane Countians, among whom was your humble servant.

  • Man said to brag about child rapes on Facebook

    Numerous sex crime indictments were returned by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    One was against Brian David Gann, who was reportedly bragging on Facebook about raping children.

    “Detectives with the sheriff’s office worked with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force to investigate this case,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

  • State, feds look into raw sewage dumped on roads

    State and federal agencies are investigating the dumping of raw sewage on Roane County roads.

    Roane County Deputy Road Supervisor Tony Brown said his department got a call about sewage dumped along about a 4-mile stretch of Bowman Bend Road earlier this month.

    It is suspected that the sewage discharge was intentional, possibly perpetrated by a commercial service that empties septic tanks.

    “It would have to be a pretty good-sized container,” said Scott Stout, director of Roane County Department of Emergency Services.

  • Authorities retrieve number of items believed taken in burglary

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Harriman police, confiscated items they believed were taken during a burglary.

    Three people were released during the stop on Ruritan Road on Thursday. A fourth, Amber Bray, 32, of 1718 Bennett Circle, Harriman, was arrested on an unrelated failure to appear charge.

    Sheriff’s Detective John Mayes reported through an email that he “was given information that suspects from a burglary were traveling towards Rockwood,” when they were stopped at the Dollar General Market in South Harriman.

  • Some bunny’s painting

    The woman convicted of vehicular homicide by intoxication in the May 8, 2014, death of pedestrian Daniel Hester was sentenced to 10 years on Monday.

    Raychell Huckelby also received 11 months and 29 days for leaving the scene after striking Hester.

    She is required to serve at least 30 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

    “I cannot express my apologies enough to Mr. Hester’s family,” Huckelby said in a statement she made at the sentencing hearing.

  • Grady charged in shooting death

    A Harriman man was arrested Sunday afternoon for a reckless homicide in the Dec. 30 shooting death of Jacob Sizemore, 31.

    A Roane County grand jury indicted Timothy Shawn Grady, 42, on one count of reckless homicide. Grady is accused of shooting and killing Sizemore outside 225 Harding Drive after he allegedly found Sizemore fighting Grady’s friend Michael Russell.

  • School threats bring arrests

    Authorities charged an Oliver Springs High School student for threats he allegedly made last week.

    “We’ve concluded that he did not actually have any intention of doing anything,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff said Thursday. “However, his threats did create quite a bit of alarm within the students and the community, so we have taken out a juvenile petition and he’s in the process of being taken into custody to go down to juvenile as we speak.”