Local News

  • Should out-of-county students pay tuition?

    One of the topics that came up during a joint work session between the Roane County Commission and Board of Education last week had to do with out-of-county students and whether to charge for them to attend schools here.

    “If I lived in another county, I’d want to go to Roane County Schools,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Roane County Schools has around 7,000 students. Commissioner Todd Fink asked Aytes how many are out of county.

    “Probably 125 to 130,” Aytes said. “That’s just an estimate.”

  • Harriman fire cleanup months away

    People impatient to see the former Miller & Brewer department store property in Harriman cleaned up will have to wait a little longer.

    For a few more months, a section of Roane Street will remain reduced to one lane in each direction, with orange barriers in the road and a temporary fence around the building. In the meantime, Roane County is finalizing cleanup plans.

    “We are still looking at probably somewhere between 45 and 60 days until they start the process of clean up,” said Harriman Councilman Wayne Best.

  • Lane closures at Kingston, Gallaher expected

    Motorists traveling in Roane County should be aware of lane closures anticipated to take place this week.

    Starting at 7 p.m. on April 8, Tennessee Department of Transportation will close one westbound lane on Interstate 40 at the Exit 352 overpass (Kingston) and the Exit 356 overpass (Gallaher Road) for bridge work.

    Lanes will remain closed until work is completed.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.

  • Pinwheels a reminder of child abuse victims
  • TVA meeting set

    A meeting on the TVA ash spill is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Roane County High School auditorium.

    Representatives from TVA, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are expected.

    The meeting is supposed to include a presentation and question-and-answer session about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment-Restoration and Compensation Determination Plan.

  • Ruritan Club egg hunt

    This is the time of year that Roane’s dirty little secret is out in the open, there for all to see.

    In contrast to the beauty of redbuds in bloom, it is clear, by taking any Sunday-type drive through our county, that we are a trashy lot.

    Our litter hurts. It hurts our eyes and our spirit in no insignificant way. Just as the beauty of the East Tennessee landscape uplifts us, the trash brings us down.

    It’s not just an eyesore, either. Animals get trapped in our garbage, or injured by the sharp edges of cans or broken bottles cast aside.

  • Jim Henry honored for work with children

    A nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children are praising Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Commissioner Jim Henry of Kingston.

    Childhelp, which advocates for abused and neglected children, announced that Henry and his staff will be honored with the Childhelp Voice of the Children Award on April 22 at the Childhelp National Day of Hope celebration in Washington, D.C.

  • KKK ties cited in alleged murder plot


    Authorities have accused a former Roane County man of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and plotting with two Florida prison guards to murder an inmate.

    According to a news release from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Thomas Jordan Driver, David Elliot Moran and Charles Thomas Newcomb are members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Newcomb, 42, used to live in Roane County.

    The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida listed his current address in jail records as Hawthorn, Fla.

  • Woman sought in credit fraud

    Rockwood Police Department has posted a video of a person of interest who may know something about rampant theft of credit card information.

    “Through the assistance of other out-of-county and other local agencies, this lady has been declared a subject of interest in the possible use of a compromised card.

    “Again, she is a person of interest only at this point,” according to the Rockwood Police Department Facebook posting.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the photo came out of Knoxville.