Local News

  • Literacy numbers up for schools

    The Tennessee Department of Education has released Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System data for the 2016-17 school year.

    TVAAS uses a 1 to 5 scale to measure student growth. Level 5 is most effective, level 4 is above average effectiveness, level 3 is average effectiveness, level 2 is approaching average effectiveness and level 1 is least effective.

  • Two in Rockwood latest casualties in area’s ‘bad, bad’ drug problem

    Police believe two back-to-back deaths in Rockwood within the span of 24 hours may be drug related.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said a 29-year-old Crab Orchard woman staying with a friend in Rockwood is believed to have accidentally overdosed.

    “They completed her autopsy this morning, so we are waiting for the toxicology to come back to know her actual cause of death,” Stinnett said late last week.

    “Right now there doesn’t appear to be any foul play at this time,” said Stinnett.

  • Meth defendant in prison for 10 years

    Another defendant has been sentenced in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy.

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced Justin Redmon of Harriman to 10 years in prison on Thursday. The sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

    Redmon, 33, conspired with others to buy meth in Rome, Ga., and resale it in East Tennessee.

  • Harriman streets ready for paving

    Harriman drivers may notice a number of roads are getting smoother, but the work is far from done.

    “It will look good when we get through,” said Public Works Director Darrell “Drack” Langley.

    One of the big projects is on Scenic Drive and Sherwood Lane where tiles are being installed.

    “Once the tile work is complete we will be paving Scenic Drive and Sherwood Lane,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Rockwood Golf Course manager busted for DUI, possession of pot

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reported finding two marijuana cigarettes in the pocket of Rockwood Golf Course manager Richard Spradling during a DUI checkpoint Friday, Sept. 22.

    Spradling, 59, 750 Eagle Furnace Road, Rockwood, was charged with driving under the influence, simple possession or casual exchange and implied consent.

    “We are aware of the situation and what happened,” Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe said Monday. “Just like everyone else, you’re innocent until proven guilty, so he’s still working.

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  • Arts Council preps for Roane’s sixth annual open show

    The Arts Council of Roane County will present its sixth annual open show in Rockwood.

    The show will be from Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Rockwood Visitor Center and Museum at 241 Rockwood St.

    Public display hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The Arts Council is committed to promoting art and artists to the community, and this event showcases some of the best art from around the region.

    The show is open to artists in all media. Artists are not required to live in Roane County to participate.

  • Child toddles across Gateway

    A good Samaritan stopped a wandering 3-year-old girl from getting run over on Sept. 15.

    The tot’s grandmother, Patricia Steelman Brown, was arrested and charged with child neglect.

    According to the police report, the 3-year-old got out of the house while the grandmother was sleeping.

    The incident was investigated by Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich.

  • Sides of Griffin emerge

    Community members have experienced different sides of former Roane County Animal Control Director John Griffin.

    While rescue groups have taken to social media to express their displeasure with Griffin, a former Humane Society member had a different experience.

    “I found John very good to work with,” Freddie Matsinger said. “John and I got into it a couple of times. That is just part of it.”

    She said they worked together well for the most part.