Today's News

  • OS town manager resigns

    Oliver Springs officials are seeking a new town manager and water department office manager.

    Town Manager Becky Campbell is resigning after having been with the city in different capacities for 18 years. Water Department office manager Susan Tyler is retiring after 37 ½ years.

    Both women’s last day is June 30.

    “I’ve just got some personal things I need to take care of,” said Campbell.

  • Fossil Plant fishing hole closed


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Young Kaden Jago, left, and Cole Salisbury take advantage of a summer Friday afternoon to get in a bit of fishing at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Salisbury said he traveled from Wyoming for the relaxing afternoon, and just in time — the Fossil Plant’s fishing area at discharge closed to fishing today, Monday. The area will be closed through 3:30 p.m. July 15. Call 717-2501 for details.

  • Retiring schools director credited with patching up relationships

    Outgoing Director of Schools Gary Aytes received a standing ovation at the June 16 Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    This was the last meeting for director Aytes, who is retiring on June 30.

    “One thing about him — kids was No. 1 and education was No. 2,” Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said, as he choked back the tears.

    “We all appreciate everything you’ve done,” Vic King added.

    Board members credit Aytes with mending the relationship with the Roane County Commission.  

  • Trio of school principals told

    Roane County Schools didn’t have to go outside the district to fill three principal openings.

    The new hires were already in the school system.

    Harriman Middle School assistant principal Shannon Cawood was hired as the new principal at Rockwood High School.

    Midway Elementary School assistant principal Jennifer Spakes has been hired as the new principal at Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    Midway Middle School assistant principal Angela Spurgeon was hired as the new principal at Ridge View Elementary School.

  • Kudos to Child Support Division


  • No tax increase in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council approved its fiscal 2017 budget with no tax increase and enough left over to tackle a couple of badly needed projects.

    “I feel very good about it,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “There is no tax increase. We were able to help our employees with our health insurance.”

    Miller credits City Administrator Becky Ruppe, finance officer Belinda Puckett, department heads and the past mayor and City Council for helping turn the city’s finances around.

  • Oak Ridge man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man accused of committing sex crimes was arrested last week.

    Ronald Burch Mashburn, 64, is charged with one count of attempted child rape, eight counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child rape.

    The alleged crimes occurred between July 18, 2006, and July 17, 2011.  

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott said he’ll probably be representing Mashburn in the case.

    He said the allegations against Mashburn are highly disputed.

  • Nail gun used to inflict injury

    Harriman police reported finding a man had barricaded himself in a downtown business and shot himself multiple times with a nail gun.

    The man, whose name was not released by press time, was taken into protective custody Thursday afternoon.

    Police reported they were asked to do a welfare check at Mobile Works at 114 N. Roane St. at 2:45 p.m. A store employee was seen slumped over his desk and unresponsive.

    Officers forced entry into the business and the subject allegedly grabbed a pneumatic nail gun and placed it to his head.

  • Rockwood, Kingston teams beaten at Rocky Top

    The 2016 season ended sooner than the Kingston and Rockwood AA All-Stars would have liked, as both were eliminated in the Dixie Youth sub District 8AA Tournament at Rocky Top.

    Both teams did pick up a win in the tourney, as Kingston defeated Spring City, 7-6, Saturday morning, while Rockwood defeated Kingston, 20-15, Saturday evening.

    In between, Rocky Top defeated Kingston, 28-21, and they beat Rockwood, 14-10. Campbell County also beat Rockwood, 29-0.

  • County Commission recognizes Midway Lady Waves softball team