Local News

  • Mega school possible election issue

    All 15 seats on the Roane County Commission will be on the ballot for the Aug. 2, 2018, election.

    Because the Commission is the funding body for the school system, the election could serve as a de facto referendum on the high school building program that’s been proposed by the Board of Education.    

    “I think that’s a possibility,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Couple’s NASCAR discord leads to fisticuffs

    Dean Perry, a 53-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on Aug. 19.

    According to the incident report, Perry was upset because she didn’t want to watch the NASCAR race.

    “I spoke to Dawn Janow and she stated that Dean Perry, her boyfriend, had came home wanting to watch NASCAR on the television and that he had been drinking,” Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle wrote in the report.

  • ‘Emergency’ workshop hits the road

    The Roane County Commission’s Road Committee traveled around the county looking at different roads during a workshop on Thursday.

    Committee Members/Commissioners Benny East, David Bell, Junior Hendrickson and Ron Berry met at Harriman McDonald’s before leaving on the trip.

    “This was supposed to be a workshop,” said Hendrickson, who is chairman of the committee. “We can’t get anything done if we’re constantly holding meetings and not out here looking and trying to do what’s right.”

  • Police group gives to help kids in need

    Elementary schools in Roane County will be able to help children in need a little more, thanks to a donation from the Roane County Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Daryl Cook, along with Sheriff’s Deputy and Student Resource Officer Jason Halcomb, represented the FOP earlier this month when they presented a $150 gift card to Dyllis Springs Elementary School Principal Jennifer Spakes and Assistant Principal Jeanne Armstrong.

    The card will be used to buy clothing or other supplies for students in need.  

  • Chemical byproduct again in Roane Central water

    Roane Central Utility District recently notified its customers about a violation of the federal drinking water standard for total trihalomethanes during testing in May 2017.

    The total trihalomethanes was calculated at .081 mg/L, exceeding the maximum contaminant level of .080 mg/L set for this parameter. In a letter to customers, the utility explains this is the equivalent of one millionth of a gram.

  • Harriman police work leads to indictment of Scott man

    Information from Harriman Police Department in 2015 led to last week’s Scott County grand jury indictment of a Scott County man on aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.
    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that in December 2015 the 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler requested they investigate information obtained by Harriman Police Department concerning an individual believed to be sharing images containing child pornography online.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why Trump acts as he does; what his future holds

    Gentle reader, you can no doubt, anticipate a couple of the things we will be writing about this week, but you may not have seen them in quite the same light as we have.

  • Where the sauce is BOSS

    A crowd of barbecue enthusiasts converged on Roane County Park to support a good cause at last weekend’s Family Promise of Roane County BBQ Cook-off.

    An estimated $4,000 was raised to begin to house homeless families in Roane County through partnering with churches.

    “This is a worthy cause. Family Promise is a good thing, and it is a way to take care of people,” said Jeff Paris.

  • Sleeping man had shotgun, drugs

    A man found asleep behind the wheel of a car is facing felony charges after drugs and a sawed off shotgun were allegedly found in his possession.

    Peyton R. Jenkins, 20, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine, prohibited weapons and possession of a weapon during a dangerous felony. All are felony charges.

    Jenkins also faces two misdemeanor counts of simple possession or casual exchange in the Aug. 15 incident.