Local News

  • Driver OK after truck crash

    The driver of a tractor trailer told the Tennessee Highway Patrol that he had no memory of running off the interstate on Monday.

    According to the report, 34-year-old Brandon D. Porter of Clarksville was traveling on I-40 East in Roane County when his 2003 Freightliner ran off the roadway and into a wooded area.

    “The vehicle continued traveling off the roadway and struck several small trees until it came to rest,” the report said.

    “There were no apparent signs of any braking.”

  • Interest high for Kingston HOME grants

    Low-income Kingston families may be able to take advantage of a $250,000 HOME grant to help rehabilitate their homes.

    Qualifying homeowners will each be vying for $40,000 in funding, noted Kingston City Manager David Bolling, who discussed the matter Tuesday with Kingston City Council at its regular work session.

    Bolling shared a sample Home Program Policies and Procedures Contract, which outlines income requirements for grant applicants, and also dwelling requirements, such as applicant ownership and permanent property residency.


    Fred McCorkle had a simple goal while growing up in Harriman.

    He wanted to drive a coal truck.

    “I never figured I’d make it through to graduate,” McCorkle confessed on Sunday.

    “I used to watch the coal trucks head to Oliver Springs and I thought if I could be good enough to drive one of them, then I’d be happy.”

    Instead, he became one of the most decorated naval aviators in history en route to becoming a three-star lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps.

  • Child found wandering on road

    A 32-year-old woman was arrested last week after a child in her care was found wandering down the road.

    Angela Erin Delozier is charged with child abuse and neglect, child age 6 or less, in the Oct. 2 incident.

    According to the warrant, Kristy and Robert Paxton were leaving their house when they saw the child walking down the road.

    “The child was visibly upset and was barefoot,” the warrant said. “Ms. Paxton stated that they put the child in their car and called 911.”

  • Rockwood OKs railroad crossings closure at shelter

    A pair of railroad crossings will be closed in the coming months in Rockwood.

    Rockwood City Council agreed last week to close crossings on McNew Road, a small country lane that’s home to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Animal Shelter Director John Griffin worried about notice and signage to notify people about the crossings closing and pending work on a bridge near the shelter.

  • Rockwood homeowners anxious to apply for grants

    Rockwood hasn’t even had the public hearing yet, and already people are knocking on the doors seeking out the opportunity to apply for a piece of the $250,000 HOME program funding to bring their homes up to standard.

    “We have had several people to leave their names and numbers, and have received one application from a party that went to the Roane County meeting and then realized they had to come through Rockwood,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Fire destroys Harriman home

    A Harriman home was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the home at 320 Ayers Drive was likely a total loss.

    “It happened at about 8:20 last night,” said Goss, who added “the cause is undetermined at this time.”

    “There was nobody home. Nobody got hurt,” said Goss.

    Goss said it was his understanding the family was at a ballgame watching their child play.

  • Mom, daughter to be jailed for a little longer

    A feud between a daughter and her mother resulted in separate guilty pleas in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Tracie Lemons was charged with arson and two counts of reckless endangerment on Sept. 18.

    She reportedly told Kingston police she set a couch on fire inside an apartment to get back at her daughter.

  • Court asked to open roadway

    Dr. Julian Ahler is accusing blogger Steve Scarborough of denying him access to his property on Williams Mountain Road.

    Ahler filed a lawsuit against Scarborough and his wife, Anne, last month in Roane County Circuit Court.

    “Defendants own real property in Roane and Rhea counties known as White’s Creek Gorge consisting of approximately 360 acres,” the lawsuit states.

    “A portion of this property includes or is adjacent to Old Stage Road, which runs adjacent to White’s Creek.”