Today's News

  • OS mayor wants workers appraised

    Cecil Crowe has some changes in mind for Oliver Springs.

    The new mayor told the Board of Aldermen last month that he wants to reimplement employee appraisals and address ongoing issues in the water and sewer departments in the weeks and months ahead.

    Crowe said he would oversee the appraisal process, which will involve town employees, supervisors, the city manager and the police chief.

    “I just want us to make sure we have plenty of reviews and handle the workload equitably,” he said.

  • Sister squabble turns violent; 1 hurt, 1 jailed

    Police responded to a call about a stabbing at 3349 Harriman Hwy. on Monday.

    According to the report, sisters Brittany Murray and Buffy Murray got into an argument, and Brittany Murray allegedly stabbed Buffy Murray in the back with a knife.

    “When the victim’s shirt was removed to better treat her wound, Deputy Michael Murphy found an approximately 1-inch laceration on her back which was bleeding profusely,” the report said.

  • Rocky Top store burglary suspect jailed

    A suspect was arrested late last week in connection with the Rocky Top General Store burglaries which happened over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Jamie Poland, 37, was arrested Friday on two counts of burglary, three counts of theft and vandalism, Harriman police reported.

    Poland is accused of breaking into the South Harriman store and taking Case knife dealer displays valued at $1,600.

    “We got some of the knives back,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Man hurt in area’s third motorcycle crash in three weeks

    A Kingston man was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday. It happened around 6:20 p.m. on Gallaher Road in front of Weigel’s.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Roy Montgomery said Trampas Heaton was headed north on a Yamaha motorcycle. Around the same time, Jason Williams was attempting to turn into Weigel’s in a Dodge pickup truck. He was pulling a jet ski on a trailer.

    “His trailer didn’t quite make it and Mr. Heaton hit the trailer,” Montgomery said.

  • Rockwood man injured in Hwy. 58 wreck

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 58 last Wednesday afternoon.

    Scott Dickey, 54, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 58 when he ran off the right side of the roadway, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said.

    The vehicle struck a tree, rotated 90 degrees clockwise, overturned and rolled down the roadway.

    It came to rest on its top on the roadway.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation, THP reports said.

  • Dinner, auction to raise funds for OS Historical Society

    “Preserving the Past,” a special fundraiser for Oliver Springs Historical Society, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 25 in Premier Sharp Funeral Home at 209 Roane St.

    Food, music, cornhole, a silent auction and an exclusive display of Oliver Springs artifacts are among the attractions.

    All proceeds raised will go toward restoration of the Abston/Daugherty Museum’s community theater.

    RSVP for the event by calling 435-7261.

  • Wannabe candidate wants to halt race

    Two months have passed and John C. Augustine is still angry with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.

    Augustine wanted to run for Roane County road superintendent this year, but his attempt to get certified by the board was unsuccessful.

    “I’m upset,” he said.

    The highway board, which meets in Nashville, rejected Augustine’s certification on March 31.

  • Driver stopped with 6 in U.S. illegally

    A Houston man was charged with transporting people in the country without permission following a May 26 traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    According to the arrest report, Luis Alberto Villalobo Lopez was traveling east in a white 2012 Nissan Pathfinder. Trooper Isaiah Lloyd said he stopped the vehicle because it was following a tractor trailer too closely.

  • Looking to beat the Heat?

    Whether it’s fishing, swimming, picnicking or playing games, Roane County Park in Midtown has a lot to offer area residents.

    “People have been raised at the park,” said Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Mike Beard.

    “We’re trying to take the tradition of Roane County Park and build on that to meet today’s challenges.”

    Today’s challenges could be viewed as giving people as many choices as possible. If that’s the case, Roane County Park is meeting that challenge.