Local News

  • Oak Ridge man jailed for police chase

    An Oak Ridge man remained in the Roane County Jail Friday on charges stemming from an alleged police chase.
    Carl Richard Matthews, 39, was arrested on Jan. 26. According to a warrant, Kingston police saw him pull in front of a truck at Race and Third streets.
    “The vehicle made a left at the intersection traveling north on Third Street,” the warrant said. “Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.”
    The attempt was unsuccessful.

  • REU’s Moving Day nearing

    The finishing touches are being put on the new Rockwood Electric Utility building.
    Wintry weather, including cold light rains, have delayed the project slightly.
    “Weather is the biggest culprit. After all the dry weather this summer, when we got into the holidays and all the rain started coming back in late November, it slowed momentum,” said REU manager Kendall Bear.
    They should be in the building this month, a few weeks later than expected.

  • Grant of almost $3 million to help OS sewer system

    Oliver Springs will be able to make significant sewer system repairs thanks to a Rural Development grant of $2.99 million and loan of $4.47 million.
    The money will help the town to meet the system requirements of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and operate its water and sewer systems properly.

  • Officials want to hear from public on aquatic weeds

    The Roane County Commission and the Roane County Environmental Review Board will meet in a joint workshop today – Monday – to discuss aquatic weeds.
    “I want to hear what they got to say and that’s going to generate some questions for me,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

  • Roane’s BAG lady

    Amanda Hackworth’s passion for the homeless is literally “in the bag.”

    The Harriman wife and mother is heading up a ministry that creates homeless mats out of plastic grocery bags, which makes for lightweight and waterproof sleeping accommodations.

    “If they had a mat, it would give them a little more comfort,” she explained. “They are waterproof, and we make them extra thick, to prevent body sores.”

    It was after seeing a YouTube video on the process that Hackworth decided to pursue the project herself.

  • Bribery for ACT scores?

    Discussions at the Roane County Board of Education’s recent retreat didn’t just center around building new schools. The board also heard about efforts underway to improve the ACT scores of Roane County students.

    “We’ve got to raise expectations,” Secondary Schools Supervisor Russell Jenkins said. “We’ve got to expect our kids to do well.”


    In the Bible, Joshua 1:9 reads: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

    That verse serves as an inspiration for Roane County High School senior Ethan Guinn. And like the Biblical warrior for whom the book is about, Guinn is putting his faith in God as he prepares for the biggest battle of his life.


  • Positive outlook inspires coach, family

    As Roane County High School senior Ethan Guinn prepares for the biggest battle of his life in the fight against cancer, he has shown the amazing ability to do so with a smile on his face while maintaining a positive outlook on life.

    That positive outlook is proving inspirational to those who know the 17-year-old.

  • Stinnett interim Rockwood police chief

    Former Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett has been named interim police chief by Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Stinnett began his official duties as interim chief Wednesday, Feb. 1, one day after the retirement of former Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Stinnett had served as police chief for 10 years, just prior to Wright’s three and 1/2 years of service in the same role. During Wright’s tenure, Stinnett was chief deputy, and second in command.

  • Property owners would feel brunt of funding new school

    Since Roane County doesn’t have money in the bank to build a new high school, the funding to pay for such a project will most likely be generated from a property tax rate increase.

    “I don’t see how you could do it without one,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Board of Education met with an architectural firm during a retreat last month and discussed building new schools. No votes were taken.