Today's News

  • EMS head may get $10,000 pay bump

    Concerned that Roane County Ambulance Director Tim Suter might bolt for another job, the Budget Committee is recommending $10,000 be added to his salary line for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    “He’s had offers,” Roane County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody said.

    Woody hired Suter last fall for $51,000, and gave him the opportunity to reach $60,000 if he performed well.

    On the job less than a year, he’s already made it up to the $60,000.

    “I’ve got him at his max,” Woody said.

  • I-40 crash kills one

    One person died and one person was injured in a single-vehicle car crash on Friday.

    The accident happened on the eastbound side of Interstate 40 near the 350 exit around 11:15 a.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

    According to the report, Tonya R. Word of Knoxville was negotiating a right turn in a 2003 GMC Envoy when she ran off the interstate.

    The report said the car flipped several times and ended up on its pas-

    senger’s side.

    Word, 30, was killed in the wreck.

  • College credits muddle ranking

    Officials with Roane County Schools aren’t finished looking at the system’s class ranking policy.

    Last month the Board of Education passed a revision to the policy on first reading that would allow students to be designated as a middle college valedictorian, in addition to the customary home school valedictorian.

    Middle college allows students to attend community college and earn an associate’s degree while still in high school.

  • Change house change of heart?

    Harriman officials may reconsider their stance on a building at the Harriman paper mill property.

    Inspired by passionate remonstrations of Mary Holley, the wife of Councilman Buddy Holley, Harriman City Council may discuss it at its workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16.

    “I think you can bring it up again and keep that building (the change house),” she said.

    “We have a workshop next week if we want to bring it up again,” said Wayne Best, who as vice mayor was overseeing last week’s meeting.

  • Kids patrol waters in Sheriff’s Youth Academy

    Youngsters in the recent Sheriff’s Youth Academy got a big treat on the last day of class.

    They took a cruise on the Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol boat along Watts Bar Lake.

    The weeklong course covers all aspects of law enforcement along with county and rescue agencies.

    “Our goal is so they are more comfortable with law enforcement and better understand our jobs,” Roane County Sheriff’s Lt. Daryl Cook said.

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  • Duo accused of pummeling man over drug debt

    Oliver Springs police charged William Larry Jones and Joshua James with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault on June 3.

    They are accused of beating John Jones over a drug debt.

    The case was investigated by Oliver Springs Police Department Lt. David Laxton.

    According to warrants taken out in the case, the victim’s spouse told Laxton that the suspects and two other women “came to their house over the victim not paying William Larry Jones for some roxy pills.”

  • Ash cleanup suit dismissal reversed

    A lawsuit filed against Jacobs Engineering Group is headed back to U.S. District Court in Knoxville. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

    TVA hired Jacobs to provide oversight during the ash spill cleanup at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Some of the people who worked on the cleanup claimed Jacobs lied about the dangers of fly ash and denied their requests to wear respirators and dust masks.

    The workers also claimed they suffered various health prob-

  • Summer months most deadly for teen drivers

    Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

    In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver.