Local News

  • Shooting suspect nabbed
  • No word from state officials

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is still waiting to hear from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation about its oversight role during the ash spill cleanup.

    “I met with two assistant attorney generals,” Johnson said. “They advised that they had met with TDEC officials and TDEC general counsel and decided that TDEC should make the formal response to me.”

  • Hardee’s worker reportedly accepted drugs at counter

    An employee at the Hardee’s in Rockwood was cited for allegedly receiving drugs from her boyfriend while at work.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to the restaurant on a drug call on Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m.

  • HARVEY brings out Tennessee’s volunteer spirit

    Tennessee has long been known for helping those in need, so there’s no doubt the Volunteer State will do its part to help the recovery efforts in Texas from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.

    However, the best thing people can do now is wait.

    “Right now, the word I’m getting is don’t get in a hurry,” said Randy Roper, director of missions of Big Emory Baptist Association.

  • Roane giving Jim Henry a special day

    Roane County will honor Jim Henry this fall with “Jim Henry Day.”

    Henry is the former mayor of Kingston, who served 12 years as a state representative.

    “Jim has served this community for a long time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “He’s served this nation as a veteran of Vietnam.”

    Henry has also had a leadership role on Gov. Bill Haslam’s staff since Haslam took office in 2011.

  • No more Monday court lines

    Monday holidays like Labor Day should no longer pose a problem for the Roane County General Sessions Court criminal docket.

    For decades, the docket has been heard on Mondays, but it will move to Tuesdays starting on Sept. 5, which is the day after Labor Day.

    “We have so many holidays that fall on a Monday when the courthouse is closed,” Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston said. “The dockets seem to back up, so it makes them heavier. We’re not closed as much on Tuesdays.”

  • Storm the Fort

    Visitors to Roane County Park Saturday had plenty of chances for food, fun and a chance to give back to the community.

    Roane County’s volunteer fire departments got together for a community event to meet with the people they serve and to recruit new members to their crews.

    “Every department is in need of volunteers,” said Julie Griffin with West Roane County.

    She’s hopeful some more manpower will come out of the event.

  • Harriman bids farewell to beloved veteran

    One of the biggest cheerleaders of Harriman’s youth lost his battle with cancer.

    Greg Love died Aug. 27, and the community is mourning one of the most active members of the recreation community.

    “He was just a good guy. He helped a lot of kids,” said Drack Langley, Harriman public works director.

    “I’ve known him about my whole life. He was coaching for me when I took over in 1987,” said Langley, who was over recreation for decades.