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Today's News

  • Fall 2020 tentative date for new school

    There was no change in the Roane County Board of Education’s high school plan last Thursday.

    The board met in regular session, and approved a timeline for its plan to build a new consolidated school for Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood High Schools.

    Richard Foster with Lewis Group Architects said construction is estimated to take 18-20 months, and the goal is to have the new school open by August 2020.

  • Hwy. 70’s next widening phase now underway

    Road crews are clearing trees and doing other site preparation in the second phase of the widening of Hwy. 70.

    The project picks up  from where Phase 1 ended to an area about 100 feet from Lakeside Drive.

    “Once completed, this will be a four lane with a center turn lane,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The project has begun with clearing operations, and then utilities will be moved. Once the utilities are moved, construction will begin on the roadway,” Nagi added.

  • 16 grams of suspected meth lands man in jail

    A 36-year-old Roane County man was allegedly found with 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine Thursday morning.

    The suspect, McKinley Shane Gunter, is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, sale, of schedule II drugs.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman stopped a juvenile driver for a head lamp being out. He was taking the juvenile home when he encountered Gunter.

  • Kroger Fuel Center open in time for Memorial Day

    Kroger is celebrating the grand opening of its new Fuel Center at the 1820 Roane State Hwy. store in Harriman on May 17.

    “We are pleased that we can now offer fuel at this location,” said Melissa Eads, spokeswoman for the Kroger Nashville Division.

    “Gasoline is a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy, because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value.”

    The Fuel Center, open from 6 am. to 11 p.m. daily, offers 18 fueling stations. Diesel fuel is also available.

  • Swaying driver had a few things hidden

    Anthony Buckner, a 45-year-old Knoxville man, was suspected of driving drunk in Rockwood on May 13.

    Buckner denied drinking, but Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes wasn’t swayed and asked Buckner to exit his truck.

    “As he exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide something and a [vacuum constriction device] fell from his pants and vehicle,” the report said.

    Mayes gave Buckner some sobriety tests, which he did not perform well on, according to the report.

  • Gas tax ‘big deal’ for Roane roads

    Officials gathered at the Highway Department on Tuesday to celebrate the IMPROVE Act’s impact on Roane County.

    “This is a big deal,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “It’s much needed.”

    IMPROVE is an acronym for Improving Manufacturing Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.

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  • Rockwood man gets 70 months for having child porn

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for possession of child pornography.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Thomas Allan Scarbrough to 70 months in federal prison. Scarbrough’s sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and he’ll have to register as a sex offender.

    In 2015, Scarbrough was arrested as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”

  • Shared training firing up cities

    Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood Fire Departments are collaborating more than ever and the most recent partnership is to host leadership classes at the different departments.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said the idea was born from a discussion between himself, Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon and former Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey. Harriman Deputy Chief Brad Daniels was fully supportive as well, Crabtree noted.

  • Omni Visions CEO addresses lawsuit

    Omni Visions President/CEO Steve Norris said his company will be zealous in its defense of a lawsuit filed by a former employee.

    “We’re going to vigorously defend ourselves against the allegations in the complaint,” Norris said Monday.

    Omni Visions operates Roane Academy, which is located in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    The facility houses male juveniles for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

    “We haven’t even seen the complaint yet,” Norris said.