Today's News

  • Police say man fired AR-15 at pair

    A Kingston man was arrested on May 25 after he allegedly fired an AR-15 rifle at two people.

    George R. Wicks, 43, is facing two counts of reckless endangerment in the incident.

    According to a report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Kyle Canup was investigating a harassment complaint at 103 Ellis Road when he heard gunshots coming from the area of 191 Ellis Road.

  • 150 still without power

    From staff reports

    Some Roane County residents are still without power after a storm last weekend downed power lines and interrupted service for thousands.

    Roane County Director of Emergency Services Scott Stout said at his most recent update on Wednesday night there were about 50 Rockwood Electric Utility customers still without power.

    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said Thursday HUB had restored power to all but about 100 customers.

  • No arrests made in OS shooting

    A shooting Wednesday afternoon in Oliver Springs injured one man, but no arrests have been made.

    The shooting occurred at Global Metals and Recycling, inside the Morgan County portion of Oliver Springs.

    According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriffs Office, the injured man was Anthony Padgett, 38, no address given, who was shot in the torso.

    Morgan County E-911 was notified of the shooting at 12:08 p.m., and Lifestar was called to take the victim to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Zacharia new ORNL chief

    From staff reports

    Thomas Zacharia has been appointed as the next director of the Oak Ridge National Lab by UT-Battelle.

    He replaces Thom Mason, who is leaving to join Battelle after 10 years leading ORNL.

    Zacharia, who first joined ORNL in 1987, distinguished himself as the leader of the lab’s supercomputing efforts.

    “He has led many of the innovative research and development initiatives that ORNL has successfully pursued over the past decade,” said Joe DiPietro, chair of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors.

  • Former Leon Houston attorney signs on as counsel for murder-for-hire suspect

    The mother charged in a murder-for-hire plot has new legal representation.

    Knoxville attorney Joseph Fanduzz filed a notice in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday, notifying the court that he is now the counsel of record for Laura Ann Buckingham. She was previously represented by the Public Defender’s Office of the 9th Judicial District.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Reply to Rockwood High School students’ letter

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as there is some background behind today’s column, it might be in order to summarize that background so as to refresh the memory of faithful readers, and to acquaint new readers with the factors leading up to this week’s essay.

  • Taxes up on gas, down on groceries

    People who shop at the grocery store will soon pay less sales tax.

    As part of the IMPROVE Act, the tax on groceries will decrease from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1.

    “To put it into perspective, if a family spends $100 on food at the grocery store, they currently pay $5 in sales tax,” Gov. Bill Haslam’s Press Secretary Jennifer Donnals said. “Starting July 1, they will pay $4 in sales tax.”

  • Watkins contract on school board agenda

    When the Roane County Board of Education meets on June 8, one of the items on the agenda is expected to be consideration of a contract extension for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked that it be on the agenda for the meeting.

    Watkins has been on the job for less than a year, and Miller said he wants her to know that the board thinks highly of the job she’s done so far.

  • Monument honors women who served