Local News

  • Lawsuit filed in fatal accident

    The widow of an Oakdale man who died in a car crash on Hwy. 61 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court against the former state trooper accused of hitting him.

    Sandra J. Solomon is accusing Samuel Dean Norman of causing the crash that killed her husband, Elmer Solomon.

    She’s seeking $750,000 in compensatory damages and $230,000 in punitive damages.

    Kingston attorney Pat Cooley filed the lawsuit on her behalf this month.

  • Governor to be in Rockwood Friday

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be at Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park on Friday to announce a Tennessee Department of Transportation Enhancement grant.

    The announcement is expected to be made around 9:15 a.m.

    The details of the grant award have been embargoed until Friday, according to TDOT officials.

    However, Rockwood has previously applied for grant funds to make recreational improvements at Tom Fuller Park, including trails and other ammenities.

    City officials had a public hearing for the enhancement grant application last fall.

  • Poem-a-day work ethic pays off for Roane State professor

    For Ralph Monday, work is play.

    He maintains a big garden, teaches a full load at Roane State Community College, is renovating a house, and, on top of all that, sits down every day to meet the self-issued challenge of producing at least one poem a day.

    His efforts have paid off. Monday’s new book of poetry, “Empty Houses and American Renditions,” is just out and getting strong reviews.

  • Leadership class contributes to cause
  • Prepping for school
  • GLIMPSES: More thoughts on Insure Tennessee


    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column:

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • GUEST OPINION: Why run for public office?

    I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something.

    It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office.

    Nowadays, I rarely do.

  • EMS head may get $10,000 pay bump

    Concerned that Roane County Ambulance Director Tim Suter might bolt for another job, the Budget Committee is recommending $10,000 be added to his salary line for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    “He’s had offers,” Roane County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody said.

    Woody hired Suter last fall for $51,000, and gave him the opportunity to reach $60,000 if he performed well.

    On the job less than a year, he’s already made it up to the $60,000.

    “I’ve got him at his max,” Woody said.

  • I-40 crash kills one

    One person died and one person was injured in a single-vehicle car crash on Friday.

    The accident happened on the eastbound side of Interstate 40 near the 350 exit around 11:15 a.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

    According to the report, Tonya R. Word of Knoxville was negotiating a right turn in a 2003 GMC Envoy when she ran off the interstate.

    The report said the car flipped several times and ended up on its pas-

    senger’s side.

    Word, 30, was killed in the wreck.