Local News

  • Blaze damages Roane St. apartment

    Harriman fire officials reported a Roane Street apartment was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

    “We got the page at 3:24 a.m. to 715 S. Roane St.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “The business was Lawnbusters, and the fire was in the basement in an apartment kitchen area.”

    Daniels said the apartment suffered heavy damage in the kitchen area and had heavy smoke damage.

    A man who lived at the apartment planned to move in with a friend, the fire chief said.

  • Roane State closing for the holidays

    Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Saturday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Jan. 1, for the holidays.

    The college will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, and spring classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

    Registration and other self-service options are available through the Roane State website, www.roanestate.edu.

    Roane State’s main campus is in Roane County, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu or call 1-866-GO2-RSCC (1-866-462-7722).

  • Breakfast With Santa
  • Oh, baby!

    Lynette Swords was due to give birth on Dec. 28.

    Her baby had other plans, however.

    Not only did he not wait until after Christmas, he also didn’t wait until his mom got to the hospital when he was born five weeks early.

    “He was impatient,” she joked.

    Quentin Lee Reese Sneed was born on Nov. 21 at the 360 exit off Interstate 40 in Roane County while his Rockwood mother was on the way to the hospital.


    Michael Dunn and his bride Karen have shared quite a life of adventure together in their 25 years of marriage.

    The devoted couple, who live near Michael’s parents, were married Dec. 11, 1992, after six years of dating.

    “We like being married to each other,” said Karen Dunn.

    For their family, it’s a match made in heaven for two lonely sweethearts to find such companionship.

  • Man accused of taking teenage grandson with him to beat aquaintance

    A Rockwood man is accused of bringing his 14-year-old grandson along to commit an alleged assault on Nov. 28.

    Terry Lynn Steelman, 56, is charged with aggravated assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the incident, which was investigated by Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell.

  • State: TVA having no impact on Watts Bar Lake water quality

    Dozens of residents and environmentalists from around the region filled the benches in a Roane County courtroom Thursday night for a public hearing on permitting for TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for treating and discharging wastewater at the Kingston plant has currently expired.

    According to TDEC representatives at the meeting, TVA is in compliance with the rules but changes at the federal level have delayed the issuance of the permit.

  • Pursuit through Rockwood, Harriman ends with arrest

    Tennessee Highway Patrol and other departments pursued and later arrested a Harriman man Friday morning.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report said Johnny Spears, 35, of Harriman, is charged with fleeing, seatbelt law and other traffic charges.

    Trooper Paul Dubroc reported he attempted to stop a 2001 Pontiac sedan on Hwy. 70 near Winters Loop Road for a seat belt violation.

    The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

    An E-911 call sheet indicates the trooper didn’t consider it a pursuit initially.

  • Attorney on 2nd lawsuit over ash spill

    Birmingham, Ala., attorney Jeff Friedman is joining the legal team suing Jacobs Engineering over its handling of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    “I will be filing a notice of appearance next week,” Friedman said Friday.

    The spill occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008. This month will mark nine years since the disaster, which released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.