Today's News

  • OES truck in crash

    A Roane County Office of Emergency Services vehicle was involved in a crash earlier this month.

    It happened in Harriman near the Dollar General Market on Feb. 13.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash because it involved a county vehicle. That’s common in those situations.

    The county vehicle was a 2008 Ford F15 driven by OES employee John Rayburn. The other vehicle was a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 88-year-old Josephine Smith of Harriman.

  • School closings possible next week

    Officials Thursday discussed the icing and tree situation around the county.

    “We’ve got a lot of areas of the county that are in pretty good shape now,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “The situation that we really have to monitor the next two days is ... we have a lot of trees leaning over the roads in certain areas.... We’re also expecting some more bad weather coming in Friday night/early Saturday morning.”

  • Roane County man dies from hypothermia

    A Roane County man died this week from hypothermia, Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch confirmed. Evans Mortuary is handling the funeral arrangements and identified the victim as 44-year-old Tony Dean Stanley.

    “He was found yesterday (Wednesday),” Boduch said. “We can’t be sure exactly when the death occurred, but sometime between Sunday and yesterday.”

    Boduch said Stanley, who lived south of Rockwood near the Rhea County line, was last seen alive Sunday.

  • Almost there getting power on across county

    Rockwood Electric Utility’s situation is no longer looking so bleak.

    The utility had about 1,500 customers out earlier in the week, and only about 200 customers without power on Thursday morning.

    “We are pecking away at it. We made really big progress yesterday evening and all night,” said REU manager Kendall Bear. He is hoping all will have power by the weekend.

    Areas still without power Thursday were Dogwood Shores, Wolf Creek and Holder Ford in the Kingston area and New Hope and other areas near Rockwood.

  • County road worker seriously hurt in aftermath

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said highway department employee Scott Martin was still in the hospital on Thursday after a tree crushed him in the winter storm cleanup.

    “He’s in good spirits,” Ferguson said. “It’s going to be a long recovery, but he’s going to be OK.”

    Martin was injured Tuesday while cutting trees near Camp Buck Toms.

  • Fire forces woman from home

    Nasty weather caused a house fire in Rockwood this week.

    Icy rain caused fallen trees on Monday, including one across a power line that caused a house fire at 625 Tarwater St., authorities said. It was the home of an elderly woman who is now staying with family.

    Rockwood Fire Department’s Capt. Tim Robinson said the tree yanked down the lines and caused it to short out the fuse box and the heating unit in the home. That started fires on both ends of the house in the attic.

  • Weather issues won’t complicate school calendar yet

    With roads still covered in ice and blocked by fallen trees, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the decision on Wednesday to cancel school for the rest of the week was an easy one.

    “South of the River, we still got a lot of roads blocked with trees,” he said. “My road is bad. I had to use four-wheel drive to get out this morning, so it’s just not safe.”

  • TVA breaks February use record

    TVA broke an all-time February power demand record Thursday morning with an estimated 32,109 megawatts at 7 a.m., when the average temperature across the region hovered at 7 degrees.

    In its 82-year history, this is TVA’s highest ever demand for the month of February.

    The previous record was 31,045 megawatts set on Feb. 5, 2009, when the Valleywide temperature was 15 degrees.

    TVA’s all-time power demand record is 33,482 megawatts on Aug. 16, 2007.

  • School closed for rest of the week; other closings and cancellations

    Roane County Schools

    Roane County Schools are closed for the rest of the week.


    Kingston trash pickup




    It didn’t snow Monday, but sleet and freezing rain created a nightmare situation for emergency, utility and road crews Tuesday.

    That ice coating and predicted deep freeze prolonged the Presidents Day vacation for Roane County students.

    “A lot of roads still got trees over them and ice on them,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Tuesday. He said unless conditions improved dramatically, school could be called off all week.