Local News

  • Willett new Roane County News editor

    After an eight-month wait, Roane County News has a new editor.

    Loudon County native Hugh Willett started his new position Monday, April 4. He will be working closely with Assistant Editor Cheryl Duncan, who had served as interim editor since Terri Likens left the newspaper last August.

    Willett’s responsibilities will also include overseeing the Morgan County News and LaFollette Press as regional editor. All three newspapers are owned by Landmark Community Newspapers LLC.

  • Horsehead applies for new emissions permit

    New permits, including one that would allow increased emission for chromium at Horsehead Corp., will be discussed at a public hearing next week.

    The April 14 public meeting is in regard to a Title V permit, which officials said would put all permits under one permit rather than permits for each individual unit.

    It begins with an informational session from 5-6 p.m. in Rockwood Community Center. The public hearing will follow at 6.

  • Sticking Around
  • Mayoral plight in OS lingers

    Oliver Springs officials will not resolve the issue of who the town’s new mayor is — at least, not as soon as was originally anticipated.

    The Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen has canceled its first regular April meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday.

    “We have delayed our City Council meeting until the third Thursday,” said Cecil Crowe, who was voted in as mayor last month. “At that point in time we’ll have a public vote.” At issue is the manner in which Crowe was chosen.

  • Sex sells — but not in downtown Rockwood

    Rockwood is taking a proactive approach to dealing with adult-oriented businesses and parameters of those businesses.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to limit adult-oriented businesses to the city’s M-2 Heavy Industrial District.

    Adult-oriented businesses are defined as adult bookstores, adult video stores or adult cabarets, adult motion-picture theaters, semi-nude model studios, sexual device shops and sexual-encounter centers.

  • County on board with TVA Clinch proposed reactor

    TVA’s plan to seek an early site permit application for a small modular reactor has the support of Roane County and Oak Ridge governments.

  • Inspection reveals 9 jail deficiencies

    Nine deficiencies were found during the most recent inspection of the Roane County Jail.

    “They gigged us on several things,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “Population wasn’t one of them.”

    The jail was previously certified to hold 172 inmates.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute reset the certified capacity to 170 inmates after last month’s inspection because a dorm that used to house male inmates is now being used to house female inmates.

  • Harriman to start up paving next week

    Harriman now has the money at hand and paving and other street work should begin soon.

    “The date right now is April 16. We are planning on starting on the north end of town,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Mayor Chris Mason signed the final paperwork on the loan, and City Clerk Theresa Daniels stamped the city seal on last Thursday morning.

    Helms said in addition to paving, the city will address other repair needs such as crack sealing and striping.

  • Oliver Springs nurse delivers own baby

    Working 11 years as an obstetric nurse turned out to be a significant blessing for Megan Whaley.

    The Oliver Springs resident recently found herself in need of her own services when she went into labor at home with daughter Emery.

    It was her third child. Previously experiencing 12- and six-hour labors with her sons, Jakob Hamby and Deegan Whaley, Whaley thought she had plenty of time to get to the hospital.