Today's News

  • O’Neal murder trial postponed once again

    The July 9 murder trial for Ralph O’Neal has been postponed.

    O’Neal is accused of killing Ronnie Dean Cofer in August 2007.

    Cofer’s body was discovered in a ditch on Clax Gap Road. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Cofer had been shot.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said O’Neal’s lawyer, Bob Vogel, has been accepted to the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming for a three-week period around that time.

  • Testing the waters

    The Rockwood Fire Department is in the process of checking all 400 hydrants in the city. Fire fighter and first responder, Jason "Lunch Box" Kilby, and Capt. David Kirby worked on North and South Chamberlain Avenue Monday.

    Hydrants that aren't used often the water at first is a muddy color to it due to the lack of water circulation.
    It takes around 4 to 5 weeks to check every hydrant to make sure nothing has changed and that the water pressure is in good working order Kirby said.

  • O’Brien signs football scholarship
  • Pankey excited to be home

    You can come home again.
    At least that’s the case for Brian Pankey, as last Thursday the longtime Cherokee head coach and Kingston assistant was named the head coach at Roane County High School after one season as head coach at Austin-East High School.

  • Three juvenile girls — ages 11-14 — accused in break-in, vandalism at Ridge View school

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said his department took out petitions in juvenile court for vandalism and burglary against the three female suspects who allegedly broke into and ransacked Ridge View Elementary School on May 24.

    “Their ages were 11, 12 and 14,” Stinnett said.

    Juvenile court is not one of public record, so what happens to the suspects if they’re found guilty of the charges might not be aboveboard.

  • Jobless numbers improve in April

    Roane County’s employment front improved slightly in April, with the jobless rate at 7.8 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.3 percent lower than in March. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.3 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Letting go: After 31 years, Bowers principal calls it a career

    Educating Harriman’s children has been a big part of Candace Lett’s life.

    From classroom teacher to superintendent of the now-defunct Harriman City Schools system, she’s played a major role in the lives of generations of Harriman students.

    After spending years as principal of Bowers Elementary, Lett is drawing that part of her life story to a close. She retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

  • Industry Appreciation Breakfast: C.R. Barger & Sons tops, ORNL most beautiful of 2013

    C.R. Barger & Sons, a fifth-generation family company that’s operated for 60 years in Roane County, is Roane County Industrial Development Board’s 2013 Industry of the Year.

    The company received the honor during the recent Industry Appreciation Breakfast on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    The board also recognized Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the 2013 Beautification Award.

  • Rockwood eyeing second tax rate hike in two years

    Last year’s 15-cent property tax rate increase met squabbles amongst Rockwood City Council members.

    But a proposed 5-cent hike to 95 cents per $100 valuation in the 2014 draft budget didn’t get a lot of debate during recent budget talks.

    In fact, the usually vocal Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has remained largely silent so far, although earlier in the year she said she would not support raising taxes.

  • Ready to hear about ash cleanup progress

    Donna Campbell of Harriman waits for the TVA public meeting to start Thursday in the Roane County High School auditorium.

    The meeting was to address progress on the cleanup of the area affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    According to TVA, 94 percent of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment as of May 26.