Local News

  • Sally port in works for courthouse



    County officials see a better way to transport prisoners to and from the Roane County Courthouse.

    That’s why plans are in the works to construct a sally port on the side of the building.

    “It’s going to be done this fiscal year, and hopefully this calendar year,” County Executive Mike Farmer said.

    A sally port is a garage-like structure that will allow officers to take prisoners into the courthouse without exposure to the public.

  • Governor touts long-term care initiative during Kingston stop



    Gov. Phil Bredesen was in Kingston on Wednesday to discuss new changes in long-term care, which will be the addition of more choices in home-and community-based services.

    The changes come in the form of a new law called the Long Term Community Choice Act of 2008 signed by Bredesen in June.

    “It gives families a lot more options,” Bredesen said.

    The act restructures the long-term care system and the way funds are spent, offering more than simply nursing home care.

  • Rugby gets grant to build heirloom greenhouse


    Rural Development Area Director Jerry Amonett and Historic Rugby, Inc. Executive Director Barbara Stagg today announced a federal investment of $25,000 to fund an agri-tourism and conservation project based on the distinctive history of Morgan County. The event took place at Rugby Visitors Center.

  • Reenactment of early school day to kick off event


    Morgan County News Editor

    Former students of Joyner School are scheduled to come together for a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Union Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

    This is only the second reunion in the school's history. It was closed in 1975 and later combined with Petros School to form Petros-Joyner Elementary.

    Former student Leamon Woods and former student and teacher Lucy Sweat are leading the group that has planned the reunion.

  • Harriman Labor Day worth a Hooray



    Hooray for Harriman added a expensive twist to this year’s Labor Day festival, but it was the exhibitors who paid the price.

    The festival’s first European auto show showcased a number of foreign cars, and their combined total worth was estimated in the seven-figure range.

    “We had about 20 to 25 cars here,” event coordinator Chris Ahler said. “[Their worth] was over a million [dollars].”

    He said the average cost of the vehicles is around $50,000 a piece.

  • Weekend brought in with a bang



    A section of Tennessee Chapel Circle was blocked off Friday afternoon as law enforcement — including the bomb squad of the Knox County Sheriff Office — detonated a live grenade.

    A South of the River first-responder vehicle blocked traffic from approaching the property and its white cinderblock-framed home, shed and wood pile.

    A loud explosion shook the air when the grenade was detonated somewhere on the property.

  • No fall fest in Rockwood this year



    Autumn is almost here, which means many cities and organizations are in the throes of planning fall festivals.

    Rockwood, however, won’t be one of them.

    As of right now, there are no plans this year for Rockwood’s Family Fall Festival.

    According to Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, no one has volunteered to organize the event this year.

    “Nobody’s stepped up,” he said.

  • Feds nab 5 on drug charges



    A dirty car is what prompts most people to visit a car wash.

    Federal authorities, however, contend that Ralph O’Neal had a different motive for driving to the Free Spirit Car Wash in Midtown in March.

    That motive was to allegedly sell crack cocaine.

    That could turn out to be a life-changing trip for O’Neal, because the person he is said to have sold to was a confidential source working with the FBI.

  • Thunder Road town to vote on liquor



    Rockwood may be getting a little wetter — and it’s not due to the recent downpours brought by Tropical Storm Fay.

    Two petitions were circulating in the town that celebrates its moonshing and bootlegging past with a Thunder Road festival.

    One petition would allow residents to vote on whether to allow package stores to sell liquor; another petition calls for a vote to allow liquor by the drink.

  • Dems focus on local races



    The Roane County Democratic Party held a grand opening for its party headquarters on Aug. 18.

    As of Thursday morning, there were still no Barack Obama signs in the windows.

    “That’s a pretty easy one, isn’t it,” said Monty Lankford, the Republican challenging Lincoln Davis for his 4th District congressional seat. “Who’d want to be tied to Barack Obama?”