Local News

  • Los Alamos history enthusiast to speak in OR

    Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will be the featured guest speaker at the May membership and public meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association.
    The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. May 3 in Midtown Community Center at 103 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    A native New Mexican, McClenahan spent 14 years in other parts of the country before returning her beloved Land of Enchantment and her husband’s hometown of Los Alamos.

  • Kids get up-close view of county at work

    Wade Creswell has a good idea of what business people want in their employees, thanks to his job as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “They want skill sets,” he said. “They want experience. They want people who professionally are trained to do what they need done, but what they need more than anything else is dependability.”

    He said students can demonstrate their dependability to employers by doing four things.

  • Testing vendor fails to deliver

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes has seen a lot during his more than four decades in education.

    Wednesday was a first, however.

    The Tennessee Department of Education announced the termination of its testing contract with Measurement Inc., along with the suspension of all state testing in grades 3-8.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Aytes said. “I took standardized tests when I was in elementary school, and I’ve been in this 41 years, and we’ve always given one.”

  • Margrave Bridge completion more than a year away

    The replacement of the Margrave Bridge should soon be underway, but don’t necessarily expect to be driving across it this summer.

    The construction is to be completed on or before June 30, 2017, said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    It’s a welcome relief to some who live in the area or regularly travel on Margrave Street, which was once a popular route to the Flour Mill Flats ballfields and a means to avoid downtown traffic on Roane Street.

  • Quick action thwarts McDonald’s blaze

    Kingston McDonald’s customers were able to enjoy their breakfast Thursday morning.

    That might not have been possible without the quick work of the Kingston Fire Department, which responded to a fire at the restaurant at 1 a.m.

    “The KFD did an awesome job to make sure we would be ready to serve customers at open,” said Tara Stockton, an area manager for McDonald’s.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said his department was dispatched after a fire alarm went off inside the restaurant.

  • Facebook posts lead to stalking charge against 62-year-old

    Facebook posts were mentioned in a stalking warrant taken out on a 62-year-old Rockwood woman earlier this month.

    Emma Jo Chambers was arrested on the warrant on April 12.

    The alleged victim, Brian Phillips, accused her of driving by his residence and job, and posting disparaging things about him on Facebook.

    “Caller thinks he has a stalker on Facebook,” a dispatch report of his March 26 911 call said. “Caller advised her name is Emma Chambers, said that everything she has posted is about him.”

  • Old Roane Street fire
  • Kingston woman killed in ATV crash

    A Kingston woman died from injuries she sustained in a weekend four-wheeling crash.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Donna Pierce was riding on a trail east of Kingston around 12:30 p.m. Sunday when her all-terrain vehicle went into a deep rut, bottomed out and turned over on top of her.

    “She was riding with another girl,” the sheriff said, adding that the other girl “had minor injuries, scrapes.”

    Pierce was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where she died later that day.

  • Haunted-house clown cleared of sex charge

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens on Monday dismissed without prejudice the sexual battery charge against a man accused of groping women at a haunted house in Harriman last year.

    Larry Davis, 30, who was working as a clown at the Haunted Hospital sponsored by the Harriman Fire Department on Oct. 29, had been charged with sexual battery and public intoxication after the alleged victim accused him of groping her and her granddaughter.

  • West Tenn. pair face drug, child endangerment charges

    A West Tennessee man and woman are facing drug and child endangerment charges after an encounter with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    William Harold Alexander, 42, and Latonya Lashay Alexander, 38, are charged with possession of schedule II drugs for transport, aggravated child endangerment, possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous felony, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.