Local News

  • 150 still without power

    From staff reports

    Some Roane County residents are still without power after a storm last weekend downed power lines and interrupted service for thousands.

    Roane County Director of Emergency Services Scott Stout said at his most recent update on Wednesday night there were about 50 Rockwood Electric Utility customers still without power.

    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said Thursday HUB had restored power to all but about 100 customers.

  • No arrests made in OS shooting

    A shooting Wednesday afternoon in Oliver Springs injured one man, but no arrests have been made.

    The shooting occurred at Global Metals and Recycling, inside the Morgan County portion of Oliver Springs.

    According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriffs Office, the injured man was Anthony Padgett, 38, no address given, who was shot in the torso.

    Morgan County E-911 was notified of the shooting at 12:08 p.m., and Lifestar was called to take the victim to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Former Leon Houston attorney signs on as counsel for murder-for-hire suspect

    The mother charged in a murder-for-hire plot has new legal representation.

    Knoxville attorney Joseph Fanduzz filed a notice in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday, notifying the court that he is now the counsel of record for Laura Ann Buckingham. She was previously represented by the Public Defender’s Office of the 9th Judicial District.

  • Taxes up on gas, down on groceries

    People who shop at the grocery store will soon pay less sales tax.

    As part of the IMPROVE Act, the tax on groceries will decrease from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1.

    “To put it into perspective, if a family spends $100 on food at the grocery store, they currently pay $5 in sales tax,” Gov. Bill Haslam’s Press Secretary Jennifer Donnals said. “Starting July 1, they will pay $4 in sales tax.”

  • Watkins contract on school board agenda

    When the Roane County Board of Education meets on June 8, one of the items on the agenda is expected to be consideration of a contract extension for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked that it be on the agenda for the meeting.

    Watkins has been on the job for less than a year, and Miller said he wants her to know that the board thinks highly of the job she’s done so far.

  • Monument honors women who served

    Roane County is still recovering from a powerful storm that rolled through the area Saturday night and knocked down trees and power poles, leaving thousands without electricity days later.

    “We’re still doing damage assessment,” said Scott Stout, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services.

    According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, winds within the damage areas were estimated at 70 to 80 mph. The storms did exhibit some rotation, but no tornado paths were found.

  • Homeowners group still billing county

    Roane County is still receiving bills from the homeowners association for The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision.

    The county is also still not paying the bills.

    “Until the Commission instructs me to pay them, I will not be paying them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Preserve at Clinch River is off Hwy. 58 in Oak Ridge.

    Roane County became the owner of some lots in the subdivision after no one purchased them at a back-tax sale.

  • To honor the FALLEN

    Terry Ward will see the names of the fallen comrades he knew from his stint in Vietnam when he joins other veterans on the Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C., in August.

    Each year Honor Air takes East Tennessee veterans to visit the memorials in honor of their sacrifice.

    “I wanted to do it since they started doing them and I heard about it,” said Ward.

    “I had a good buddy of mine I went to school with whose name is on there. He was killed his first day in Vietnam.”

    That man was Richard Patterson.