Local News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Make Rockwood’s High School Great Again!

    Gentle reader, we read, as we suspect you did also, Mr. Paul Kamikawa’s letter published in last Friday’s News, written, he says, in response to our recent articles, particularly as to Rockwood High School’s status in general, and ACT score performance in particular.

  • Driver stuck on tracks charged with DUI

    A 30-year-old man allegedly got his car stuck on the railroad tracks in Rockwood when he attempted to drive around a stopped Norfolk Southern train Saturday morning.

    Police responded and charged Cody Lee Galyon, 418 New Hope Road, Rockwood, with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, reckless endangerment and implied consent law.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich responded to the tracks around 1 a.m.

  • LeMond settles in Jacksons’ lawsuit

    Carbon fiber expert Connie Jackson and her husband Jeffrey Jackson have settled their lawsuit against Greg LeMond, LeMond Companies, LeMond Composites, Nicolas Wegener and Alex Jacome.

  • Harrison’s closing after 57 years in business

    One of Roane County’s oldest businesses will be shutting its doors for good.

    Harrison’s Sporting Goods in Midtown is closing after 57 years in business.

    “I’ve been here since they opened,” said T.F. Harrison, whose father, Ed, opened Harrison’s Sporting Goods in January 1960.

  • Harriman may use old RMC building

    Harriman City Council started discussing moving city offices into the vacant Harriman Hospital building last fall, even taking a tour to discuss what needed to be done with the structure.

    They may take a step toward that direction if they approve having a study done to look at feasibility of renovating and a reuse plan for the building by the firm Lawler Wood.

    Finding a use for the hospital was on everyone’s minds at the strategic planning meeting last week, and Councilman Chris Ahler said it is one of the big issues for the future.

  • Schools sued over alleged Midway rape

    A lawsuit filed in Roane County Circuit Court this week seeks at least $4.5 million in damages from Roane County Schools and a janitorial contractor in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor student at Midway High School.

    The suit, filed by the parents of the minor, alleges Jessica E. Galyon, a resident of Loudon and an employee of janitorial contractor Compass One Services of Chesterbrook, Pa., sexually assaulted the student on the Midway campus in September 2016.

  • Kingston, OS schools in worst shape

    The decision earlier this month by the Roane County Board of Education to keep five high schools open raises new questions about how much such a plan might cost.

    At Thursday’s meeting held at Cherokee Middle School, board members questioned architects from the Lewis Group about the condition of the schools — Harriman, Midway, Oliver Springs, Roane County in Kingston and Rockwood — and what the cost might be to upgrade the buildings for continued use.

  • ‘God put me there for a reason’

    Harriman Police Assistant Chief Kenny Humphrey was in the right place at the right time to save a 17-year-old boy’s life.

    Around 3:40 p.m. March 10, Humphrey was driving nearby when he heard the call over the radio of a young man standing on the railing of the bridge into West Hills, which is over a steep drop to the railroad tracks below.

    “I was able to pull in behind him without him noticing because I am in an unmarked car,” Humphrey explained. “I went up behind him and grabbed him and got him down from there.

  • Jail’s Dollar General price tag: $850,000

    Roane County could be moving closer to buying the Dollar General Store beside the county jail.
    Kingston developer Matt Caldwell has offered to sell the building to the county for $850,000.

    Earlier this month, the Property Committee voted to recommend a resolution to the full County Commission that would allow County Executive Ron Woody to negotiate with Caldwell for the purchase of the property.

    A draft of the resolution said the purchase price for the property must not exceed $850,000.