Today's News

  • Yager: Roane should be in 1 House district

    State Sen. Ken Yager is of the opinion that Roane County should remain a single House district.

    However, the Harriman Republican indicates he’s powerless to do anything about it.   

    “Redistricting House districts is within the prerogative of that body, and I would refer you to my colleague, Rep. Julia Hurley,” Yager wrote in a letter to county officials.

    New district lines are drawn every 10 years.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Some TVA plaintiffs also contesting property values

    Some of the plaintiffs suing TVA over the ash spill are also in a legal fight with the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office.

    At issue is the value of 79 properties, which the plaintiffs contend is zero because of the disaster.

    They have appealed to the Tennessee Board of Equalization. A pre-hearing conference was held on the matter earlier this year.   

    “We’re contesting it (the properties) as valueless,” attorney Matt Conn said.

  • Toho lays off 47 employees

    Toho Tenax America Inc. recently laid off 47 employees.

    According to information the company provided the state, the layoffs begin on Sept. 15 and ended on Sept. 23.

    The Roane Alliance reports that Toho is one of the county’s largest employers.

    Toho’s human resources department directed us to a company official in New York for comment about the layoffs. Phone calls were not returned.

    Toho is in the Roane County Industrial Park at 121 Cardiff Valley Road, Rockwood.

  • Harriman woman accused in Morgan of doctor shopping

    A Roane County woman is charged with doctor shopping using TennCare, and an indictment came down in nearby Morgan County.

    The Office of Inspector General, who is responsible for investigating potential TennCare abuses, announced on Sept. 28 that Kathy Lynn Ellison, 53, of Harriman, was arrested and charged with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping.

    The drugs were the painkillers hydrocodone and Lortab.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.


    Amber Nolan, probation violation. Guilty.

    Larry Green, assault physical contact. Dismissed.

    David L. Hicks, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed. Simple possession/casual exchange. Guilty.

    Thomas S. Holder, violation of order of protection. Dismissed.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Aug. 11-23:

    From Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Housing and Urban Development to Larry P. Carver and Lucille B. Carver by deed, Dist. 1, Woody Avenue, $27,000.

    From Pearl Easter to Wanda Russell and Jeffrey Russell by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 79.95 acres, Viars Road, $39,146.

    From Homer B. Nelson Administrator and Betty J. Nelson Estate to Julie L. Nelson Trustee and Bradley Nelson Trustee by deed, Dist. 4, adjacent Gordon property, $0.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    • Tiffany Laura Edwards, 33, 536 Baumgardner Road, Rockwood: criminal conspiracy. Bond $5,000; court date Nov. 21.

    • Alicia Nicole Fitzgerald, 36, 404 Rockwood St., Rockwood: two counts violation of probation. Total bond $15,000; court date Nov. 21.

    • Donna Lee Isham, 43, 2 1/2  N. Front St., Rockwood: failure to appear. Bond $3,000; court date Nov. 7.

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested Oct. 5 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • The Garden Gate: What’s the biggest berry? Read on

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Farmers’ roadside stands are piled high right now with pumpkins and squashes. Supermarkets are featuring them with pumpkins pies (which the early colonists termed “a pudding baked into crust”), pumpkin bread and plastic jack-o’-lanterns.

  • Roane again posting one of state’s lowest jobless rates

    It’s been a long summer for Roane County when it comes to unemployment figures.

    After more than a year of consistently having one of the 10 lowest jobless rates in Tennessee, the county lost that status in April.

    Four months later, Roane County has rallied and reported the state’s 10th lowest unemployment rate in August, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show Roane County’s rate at 8.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percent over July.