Local News

  • 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.

  • 4 from Roane up for school chief

    Four current employees with Roane County Schools will interview for the director’s job this month.

    The group includes principals Shelia Sitzlar, Scott Mason and Elizabeth Rose.

    The other Roane County candidate is Keevin Woody, a former principal, who is presently the system’s elementary supervisor.

    Current Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is stepping down on June 30 when his contract expires. Aytes was the school system’s elementary supervisor prior to becoming the director.

  • Harriman man jailed for cruelty to animal

    A Harriman man is accused of shooting at a small dog in the field behind his home at 110 Hassler Mill Road.

    Jerome Moore, 63, was initially charged with intentional killing of an animal, aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment according to arrest records.

    The dog survived the shooting and is mending, according to law enforcement, so those charges may be changing.

    According to Harriman Police Detective Dan Schneider’s affidavit of complaint, officers responded to a call that Moore had shot a small dog on March 24.

  • Expect lane closures on interstate this week

    From staff reports

    Construction work could slow traffic on Interstate 40 in Roane County this week.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, temporary lane closures are possible eastbound and westbound between mile markers 349 and 352 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday because of paving.

    The work has to do with a bridge-repair project.

    “Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area,” TDOT said.

  • Duo accused of passing off fake bills

    Police responded to the Rocky Top in Midtown Thursday morning after a customer allegedly tried to purchase fuel and a sports drink with counterfeit money.

    Landon Grizzard, 20, and Michael Roberts, 19, were arrested in connection with the incident.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Vianney Del Toro pulled over Grizzard on Swan Pond Road after he was advised Grizzard was a suspect in the counterfeit incident.

    Roberts and Izack Woods were passengers in Grizzard’s truck.

  • Ousted constable OK to run for office

    Mark Patton hasn’t filed his petition to run for property assessor, but the fact that he picked one up is causing quite a stir.

    Patton is a former constable who once stood on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse and boasted about how anyone who got in his way, including police officers, would receive the “business end” of the big stick he carried.

  • Ridge View kids dig after-school program

    Kids love to play in the dirt.

    That’s what Debra Wright believes, and she turned that belief into a popular after school program at Rockwood’s Ridge View Elementary School.

    “I have a garden at home, and my kids love growing their own food,” said Wright, a special education attendant at the school.

    “We started this three years ago, and our kids absolutely love it. Kids love to dig in the dirt, and now this is the [after-school] program the kids want to do the most.”