Local News

  • Million dollar sewer break

    Repair of a major sewer line break that occurred in Rockwood Jan. 14 will likely cost more than $1 million.

    Kim Ramsey, general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas, reported on the leak during Rockwood City Council’s regular monthly meeting last week.

  • Oliver Springs man jailed for sexual battery and assault

    Johnnie Lee Anderson, a 45-year-old Oliver Springs man, was charged with aggravated sexual battery over the weekend.

    The alleged victim told Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Hammons that Anderson pushed her on a couch at his residence, hit her, pulled off her pants and underwear, and touched her private area with his hand.

    Anderson and the alleged victim knew each other. She told Hammons that they were together at a tavern in Oak Ridge, and she left him there because he was calling her derogatory names in front of the other patrons.

  • Ruritan Road completion celebrated

    State and Harriman officials celebrated the widening of Ruritan Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon.

    The roadway, completed in the fall, has improved traffic flow and promises to have other benefits as well.

    “I’m happy to be here, happy to celebrate this new highway we built. It is great,” said Sen. Ken Yager.

    “I’m confident it will lead to economic development along this area. That is what it was for — besides safe travel for people,” said Yager.

  • Alleged boat ramp robber back behind bars

    One of the suspects in an alleged December robbery was arrested over the weekend. Larry Shane Chrisco was charged with violating bond conditions.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police responded to 511 Clinch St. on Sunday to investigate a report about a man beating a woman.

    The alleged victim, Shannon Drake, wouldn’t let police in the residence, but they made entry anyway due to the circumstances. The warrant said police checked a bathroom while inside.

  • Rockwood woman’s term commuted

    Prayers were answered for the family of a woman serving time in federal prison.

    Kristi Miller was sentenced to 20 years for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy. She wasn’t scheduled to be released until Nov. 19, 2027. Her sentence will end earlier now.

    On Jan. 19, his last full day in office, President Barack Obama granted Miller’s request for clemency.  

    “She’s ecstatic,” Miller’s father, Rockie Elswick said.  

  • Rockwood water hike gets first approval

    Rockwood’s water rates are one step closer to increasing.

    The City Council voted unanimously on first reading last week to approve a 2.5 percent increase, a change that had been approved by the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas department last July.

    The rate increase will apply to customers both inside and outside the city.

    Sewer rates will not be increasing.

  • Harriman eyes golf course director

    Harriman’s Parks and Recreation Department continues to evolve under the latest proposal that may create a new assistant director position.

    “I am proposing bringing the golf course under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department and hiring an assistant director to fill some of the voids,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman said it will make a big difference.

  • A state for ELEMENTS

    Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Friday to honor the team that discovered the superheavy element tennessine.

    “We love that the newest element and the second named for a state is named after Tennessee,” Haslam said.

    The honor is evidence of the scientific excellence resident in the state, Haslam said.

  • Appeals court vacates prison sentence for gun conviction

    A Rockwood man’s time in prison for his federal firearms conviction is over.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders appeared before U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. for a resentencing hearing on Jan. 13. Sanders, who had been in custody since his Aug. 8, 2013, arrest, was sentenced to time served.

    Sanders pleaded guilty to two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in 2014. His criminal history prompted the courts to deem him an armed career criminal, which drew a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.