Local News

  • Bowers start complicated by widening

    All Roane County Schools are scheduled to open on Monday.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the only place where there might be an issue is Bowers Elementary School because of the widening project on Ruritan Road.

    The project includes new entrances to the Harriman school.

    “We’re a little concerned with the Bowers situation,” Aytes said. “It looks a little rough right now with the road construction, but they assure us they’re going to have us two entrances ready by Monday.”

  • Cotton Morgan memorial service set at Morgan County prison

    A memorial service will be held at the Morgan County Correctional Complex today – Friday – in remembrance of former corrections officer Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

    He was killed in the parking lot of the Roane County Courthouse on Aug. 9, 2005. Sunday will mark 10 years since his death.


    Five juveniles had to be removed from Roane Academy after attempting to takeover the facility Monday evening.

    The overnight incident capped a busy weekend searching for youth who escaped the facility.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department responded to Monday’s incident.

    “They did cause a big ruckus and try to incite a takeover,” Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

  • Neighbor rattled by Academy incidents

    Jack Martin’s concern is understandable.

    Police swarmed his Hwy. 27 farm this weekend in search of the young men who escaped from Roane Academy in two separate incidents this weekend — incidents that precluded an attempted takeover by five youth on Monday.

    Roane Academy is a residential treatment facility for young men in state custody for a variety of issues, including dependent and neglect cases, behavioral and juvenile justice cases.

  • Both Gallaher twins behind bars

    Derek Gallaher has joined his twin brother at the Roane County Jail.

    He was arrested on July 31 for violation of probation, and remained in custody Tuesday afternoon.

    Eric Gallaher reported to the jail on July 27 to start serving a nine-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter and selling cocaine in a protected zone.

    The victim in the manslaughter case was David Lee Harvey.

    He died outside of the Grill & Pub bar in 2011 after being punched by Eric Gallaher.

  • Gay-divorce ruling overturned

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals has reversed former judge Russell E. Simmons Jr.’s decision in Roane County’s same-sex divorce case.

    In an opinion filed Tuesday, the court said it was obligated to do so because of June’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.

  • Woman beaten, red pickup a mystery

    Warren Dyer reportedly went looking for someone in a red pickup truck that he planned to beat up on July 22.

    It’s not clear if he ever found that person, but he did encounter a Rockwood police officer, who arrested him.

    Dyer, 29, remained in custody at the Roane County Jail Tuesday afternoon on charges of assault, burglary and failure to appear.

    According to the assault warrant, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy was dispatched to an apartment on West Rockwood Street about a domestic incident.

  • Drug needles a problem for police

    Hypodermic needles can make pat downs and searches risky for police officers. Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said that’s why he advises his officers to look first before they touch anything.

    “We encourage them to wear some type of gloves, too,” he said. “Not all do.”

    Kingston Police Officer Nathan Wilson reported finding three hypodermic needles during an incident on July 25. Washam said such findings are not uncommon.

    “We run across that more and more everyday,” he said.

  • Margrave Bridge to be rebuilt

    A once-popular detour around Roane Street is being resurrected.

    City Manager Kevin Helms has been working with the state to address replacing the bridge at Margrave Street, which was torn down in 2011.

    “I’m ready for that to happen,” said Mayor Chris Mason about the news.

    “It was something as simple as that, having somebody full time to go talk to them,” Mason said.

    Years ago Harriman officials balked at added expenses of moving utilities at the bridge, and eventually the bridge was torn down.

  • Tangled up