Today's News

  • Fly-fishing workshop
  • Tractor fire an accident

    A Roane County Road Department employee who served time for burning down a church was behind the wheel of a county tractor that caught on fire on July 1.

    Don’t read anything into that, officials said.

    According to E-911 dispatch records, the incident involving employee Glenn Eugene Armes happened that day shortly after noon on McKinney Road.

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department responded. Chief Randy Scarborough Sr. said foul play was not suspected.

  • Shelter deal with Anderson County gets growls

    Roane County’s hospitality is wearing thin for some of its neighboring four-legged guests.

    Officials believe what started as a helping hand in Anderson County’s animal-control problems has become a handout.

    And they worry that it affects Roane County Animal Shelter’s capacity to hold dogs and cats at its taxpayer-funded facility.

    “They need to raise taxes and build them a facility,” said Roane County Commissioner Mike Hooks. “We have an obligation to provide a service inside the county.”

  • Officials attend Manhattan Project park meeting

    Two Roane County officials traveled to the Southwest last week on business related to the new Manhattan Project national park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody and Roane Alliance tourism official Pam May attended a conference in Los Alamos, N.M.

    The event was dubbed the Energy Communities Alliance Peer Exchange on the Implementation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Oak Ridge, Los Alamos and Hanford, Wash., will be part of the three-site national cultural park to be built around the making of the atomic bomb.

  • Houston farm back in family after transfer

    Leon Houston may have a place to go when he gets out of prison.

    His father’s South of the River farm is now owned by his sisters — Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer.

    Clyde Houston died on March 14, 2012. Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. was appointed administrator of his estate in 2013.

    Logan transferred ownership of the 150-acre farm to Burris and Cofer in February of this year.

  • Trail’s end for Harmon

    Wildflowers on the grassy balds of Roan Mountain on the Tennessee and North Carolina state line.

    The rock-rugged and isolated terrain of New Hampshire’s White Mountain.

    Those are among the breathtaking sights Melanie Harmon, the sales executive for work programs for the Michael Dunn Center, has seen in her travels of more than 2,000 miles on foot.

    She and friends Debra Barton and Cindy Spangler recently tackled the last portion of their section hiking of the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

  • Sorry kids, no school delay

    With the budget process pretty much complete, Roane County school officials are looking forward to starting the new year on time next month.

    “Everything is good to go,” Board of Education Member Sam Cox said.

    The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 10. Earlier this year Cox said he was leery about starting the year without a budget. However, the Roane County Commission approved the system’s budget last week.

    “We’ve got a budget,” Cox said. “That was my only hold up.”

  • Phillips sentenced to serve at least seven years

    Adam Dewayne Phillips received a 12-year prison sentence on Monday after pleading guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to seven crimes, including agrravated robbery. All court costs, fines and restitution in the cases were waived.

    Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said Phillips will have to serve at least seven years of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community. It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

    Glen Long served 12 years as a Rockwood City Council member and also sat on the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board 14 years.

  • Hanging around at tumbling camp