Local News

  • Ferguson seeks more than $1 million for paving

    Spring is when Roane County officials appear before the budget committee to make requests and go over their proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Last week was Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s turn. The committee unanimously approved his department’s operating and capital budget for 2015-16.

    The operating budget includes the same amount of property tax revenue as the current year – $1.140 million. The total operating budget is $3.830 million. State gas taxes and other sources make up the rest.

  • TVA pays for Swan Pond paving

    Swan Pond Road and Swan Pond Circle Road are getting a facelift, thanks to TVA.

    The agency is giving the Roane County Road Department a $335,000 grant to pave 13,896 linear feet on the roads, which were used heavily during the TVA ash spill cleanup

    “I can’t thank TVA enough for doing this,” County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

  • Bad news for Blue Bell

    Problems continue to mount for Blue Bell Creameries.

    On Monday, the Texas ice-cream maker issued another recall because of listeria concerns.

    Previous recalls had been limited to frozen snacks, ice cream cups with tab lids and products produced at the company’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla.

    However, Monday’s recall involves all Blue Bell products, including its signature half-gallon cartons.


    Paper touching toes equals attack?

    Not in District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s book. Or Judge Jeff Wicks’.

    A Harriman man swore out a warrant against Rockwood lawyer Mark Foster accusing him of assaulting him on March 25.

    “Mark Foster threw a package of paper at me in the hallway of the courthouse,” Bobby D. Murray of Woods Chapel Road claimed in the warrant.

  • Twirling DOLLS

    A Roane County woman wants to put a fresh spin on an old sport.

    Kristie Bowman, an instructor who leads the baton-twirling group Rock Dolls, hopes to make the activity big again. She’s working on it with a group of graceful young girls.

    “I started when I was 4 years old,” said Bowman. “I went on up through high school and then there wasn’t really much to do (twirling) here.

    “Most everyone thanks me because there is nothing to do in Roane County for kids,” she added.

  • Meth maker gets 8 years

    A man arrested for making meth around his 6-year-old son was sentenced to eight years in prison last week.

    Christopher Michael Raby pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to initiating the process to manufacture meth, attempted aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

    He was sentenced as a Range 1 standard offender, which means he only has to serve 30 percent of the time before he’s eligible for release.

  • Supporter gives David Morgan praise

    Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis said she believes Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan has been treated unfairly, and she let the Roane County Commission know at last week’s meeting.

    “He has been working very hard,” she said. “His office has been working hard, and I have to say with both hands tied behind his back by the County Commission, particularly some on the County Commission.”

  • Retiring Roane principals recognized

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Springs Elementary School Principal Gwendolyn Johnson and Midway Middle School Principal Nadine Jackson are retiring at the end of the school year.

    “They’ve been two fixtures in Roane County for a long time,” Aytes said.

    “We’re going to miss them. They’re not only great administrators, but they’re great people.”

    Aytes said the retirements were no surprise.

  • Teachers of year honored
  • Sharp Funeral Home partner with Premier Funeral

    Sharp Funeral Home, an Oliver Springs business founded in 1938, is partners with Midwest-based Premier Funeral Management Group.

    The funeral home will continue to be operated by the same individuals at the business.

    “This is just another evolution in the life of Sharp Funeral Home,” explains co-owner and operator Brenda Smith.

    “My husband and I took over in 1992 and have owned and operated the funeral home for 23 years.”