Today's News

  • Town’s water testing fined

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined the town of Oliver Springs last month for committing multiple drinking water violations.

    Despite the penalty, town officials insist the water is safe to drink.

    “I’m drinking it right now,” Town Manager Chris Mason said Friday. “It’s better than bottled water. Nothing is wrong with the quality.”

    According to the state, Oliver Springs gets its water from Bacon Spring. The town serves 2,114 connections and a population of around 5,100 people.

  • RIDING HIGH at the circus
  • Woman rear-ended by deputy suing county

    The woman whose vehicle was rear-ended by a Roane County sheriff’s deputy last year is suing the county.

    In the lawsuit filed by her attorney, John McFarland, Wanda Faye Robinson is seeking the maximum amount of compensatory damages allowed under state law.

    The accident happened on Jan. 19, 2017, on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Ex-budget director a CTAS consultant

    Roane County has a new County Technical Assistance Service consultant. She’s a familiar face.

    Kaley Walker joined the agency last fall as the new county government consultant for Region 2, which includes Roane and 11 other East Tennessee counties.

    “I think she’ll do good at that job,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    Walker served as budget director for Roane County for nearly six years before Roane County Executive Ron Woody abruptly fired her without explanation in August 2016.

  • McElhaney up for shelter head

    Stacey McElhaney is in position to become director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    She’s been the interim director since last fall, when John Griffin was removed as director.

    “I think she’s earned her stripes to be the director,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Commission meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. An item under special orders is requesting that Commission confirm McElhaney’s appointment.

    “I think she’s done a good job,” Woody said.

  • Chasing the Dragon
  • McDonald’s employee gets Big Smack

    An elderly Rockwood man is accused of slugging a male employee at the McDonald’s on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to the restaurant on Wednesday to investigate a report about a fight.

    “Once on scene I spoke to Bobby Tweed, who told me that he was overcharged on his food,” the report said.

    “He said he tried using a phone an employee gave him to call a McDonald’s home office. Mr. Tweed became very upset and loud because of the situation.”

  • TVA repairing Hwy. 70 levee

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Valley Authority will be making repairs and reinforcements to the levee along Hwy. 70 near Roane County High School.

    Heavy rains in November caused a mudslide damaging an area about 75-by-4-feet about 10 feet from the road, said TVA spokesman Scott Fielder.

    Damage to the structure is minor and poses no threat to the community. TVA inspects the levee on a weekly basis, he said.


    Overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail don’t appear to be getting better.

    “We reached our all time high last week of 275,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The jail is certified to hold only 170 inmates. With so many people in custody, violence is on the rise, Stockton said.

    “The fights are getting more and more frequent now inside the jail,” he said. “I guess that’s to be expected in confined quarters and too many inmates.”

  • ‘IT’S OVER’

    Roane County Board of Education Member Darrell “Drack” Langley appeared in court Tuesday to settle his DUI case.

    He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

    “It’s over,” Langley said, when asked if he had any comments about the case.

    Langley was fined $500. He also must attend DUI school, perform 60 hours of community service and have an ignition interlock device installed on his personal vehicle.

    Langley’s attorney, Pat Cooley, worked out the deal with the state.