Local News

  • Sentence is cut for man found guilty of murder

    A state appeals court has decreased the sentence of a man convicted of murder in Roane County by five years.
    David Cosgriff, 68, was accused of killing Kathleen Taylor. The 76-year-old Harriman woman’s remains were discovered in a rural area of the county in December 2003.
    Cosgriff was tried in July 2009 and found guilty of second-degree murder and theft over $1,000.
    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen found that Taylor was particularly vulnerable due to her age and enhanced the second-degree murder sentence from 15 to 20 years.

  • Rockwood to stay with certified tax rate

    Now is not the time.
    That was how several Rockwood City Council members felt about the possibility of going above the new certified tax rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.
    Rockwood City Council voted in favor of going with the new certified rate at an emergency meeting called Tuesday, Oct. 19. Councilman Harold Ishman was the only dissenting vote. Councilman Bill Thompson was not present.

  • October Sky extras reunion big success

    It isn’t often Oliver Springs residents get to share in something as big as the making of a feature film, but that is what happened when the community was selected as one of the shooting locations for the 1999 feature film October Sky.
    Many community members are so proud of their connection to the movie, based on memoirs of another small coal mining town’s famous son, Homer Hickam, a retired NASA engineer, that the community started the October Sky Fall Festival.

  • Governor’s race may be a boost to election turnout

    About 12,300 Roane Countians voted in the August election. Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he’s hoping for a bigger turnout for the Nov. 2 election.
    “I think the governor’s race always fascinates people,” Holiway said. “They’re very interested in who’s going to lead the state.”
    Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter are vying to become the state’s next governor. Fourteen Independent candidates are also on the ballot.

  • Van Hook ancestry featured in museum

    Preserving history, particularly the family history, was an important part of the life of Stonewall Jackson Van Hook Jr., the former Oliver Springs doctor known by “S.J.”
    “Dad was kind of a family historian,” said Joe Van Hook, Oliver Springs city judge and recorder.
    Now, part of the family history he’s preserved has been donated to the Tennessee State Museum, which is showcasing part of those items in Tennessee: A People’s Legacy, an exhibit paying homage to the residents that contributed to the state’s rich history.

  • Local man a contender in national chef contest

    John Murphy, 23, a Harriman native and current Washington, D.C., resident, advanced to the semifinals in the Sears Chef Challenge and competed alongside three other chefs from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
    Murphy was one of 24 chefs chosen to compete in the Sears Chef Challenge, which strives to discover new chefs while helping food charities.
    He represented Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit agency that works with the homeless, in Washington D.C. Murphy has worked as the assistant director of kitchen operations there for a year.

  • Plateau Park unraveling?

    In 2007, the Roane County Commission approved the borrowing of $2.5 million to join Cumberland and Morgan counties in an industrial park venture.
    Now infrastructure issues have some officials second guessing the decision.
    After listening to a presentation at the Oct. 18 commission meeting, new commissioner Randy Ellis questioned whether it is wise for Roane County to stay involved in the project.      
    “Do we need to sell what we got, cut our losses and move on?” he asked.

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  • Ferguson rep to meet with constituents

    State Rep. Dennis Ferguson’s field representative, Donna Davis, is holding three monthly listening meetings on Wednesday, Oct, 27, for his constituents.

    The first will be at 310 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  
    The second meeting will be at 131 Britain Village, Oliver Springs, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The last  will be at the Oak Ridge Turnpike Gatehouse on Hwy. 95 in Oak Ridge from 3- 4:30 p.m.

  • VA clinic reopens under new group

    The VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood reopened on Monday. A contracting issue is to blame for its temporary closure in September, according to the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.