Local News

  • ‘He loved to walk,’ brother recalls

    It wasn’t uncommon to see Curtis Moore strolling around Kingston.

    “He loved to walk,” brother James Harrison said.

    Moore died doing what he loved last week. According to Kingston police, he was struck by a 2015 Hyundai while walking across Kentucky Street late Thursday.

    The driver of the Hyundai was identified as Peggy Sheppard of 223 Ross Estates Road, Kingston.

    Moore was flown by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after being hit. He was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

  • Roane tasked with Harriman fire cleanup

    An opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office appears to have nixed any hopes county officials had of holding Fikret Gencay financially responsible for cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building.

    The building in downtown Harriman was destroyed by fire in January.

    “I was disappointed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said about the opinion.

    Woody wanted to go after Gencay to try and recoup the county’s expenses, which is around $100,000 so far.

  • Listeria found at Blue Bell plant in 2013

    The hits keep coming for Blue Bell Creameries.

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released a report that showed listeria was found at the ice cream maker’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla., in March 2013.

    The company didn’t suspend operations at the plant until last month.

    “Several swab tests did show the presence of listeria on non-food surfaces in Blue Bell’s Broken Arrow plant in 2013,” company spokesman Joe Robertson said Friday.

  • Roane could take hit if Battelle appeal OK’d

    An appeal by UT-Battelle could leave Roane County lighter in the coffers.

    “UT-Battelle appealed one of their real property parcels that we have valued at over $98 million for the 2014 tax year,” Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said.

    “They believe the fair market value of that property is just over $71 million,” he added.

    “They appealed because they believe their property is appraised too high.”

  • Rockwood man charged with rape, hit his mom

    Warren E. Dyer, a 29-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of raping a woman in March.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Geyer picked up Dyer on May 3 at the Anderson County Jail, where he was being held in an unrelated case.

    Dyer was brought to Kingston and booked into the Roane County Jail for rape and other charges.

    Dyer was not a stranger to his accuser. According to the warrant, he took the woman to his mother’s apartment just outside the Rockwood city limits on March 17.

  • Better to file lien on land than own it, attorney says

    Rockwood officials have had some luck with property owners who would rather turn over their property to the city than face court time and cleanup costs.

    In one recent instance, however, city attorney Greg Leffew advised officials against taking the bait, no matter how tempting it is to make progress toward getting it cleaned up.

    That’s because a mortgage is connected to the property.

  • Another Dollar General, this time in Harriman

    Dollar General stores are popping up all over Roane County — and Harriman isn’t any different.

    In fact, Roane County’s next Dollar General will be at Roane Street and Georgia Avenue in North Harriman.

    “It is a well-needed store that will service parts of Morgan County and everyone on the north end of Harriman,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    Several homes in that area will have to come down to make way for the new store.

  • Dunn Center’s schools closing

    Michael Dunn Center’s Board voted to close its two school facilities Thursday, much to the disappointment of the families who rely on them.

    Closing will be the school on Michael Dunn property off Gallaher Road. Also to be closed is the Henry Center Day Care off Hwy. 27.

    Budget concerns are what forced the closures.

    The board met for about two hours and heard from concerned families who had students at the schools.