Local News

  • Teen injured in Wednesday afternoon wreck
  • Video training helps firefighters drive safer

    It may have looked like a day spent playing video games, but the time Harriman firefighting crews spent in front of glowing screens was serious business.

    Both firefighters and reserve officers took part last week in an eight-hour class on emergency driving.

    The firefighters worked thought different scenarios and sequences on the simulator to reinforce proper driving habits. The simulator can be set up for fire, police or EMS vehicles.

    “They don’t always realize the consequences of their actions,” instructor Jason Sparks said.

  • Rosado murder trial delayed again, much to victim’s family’s chagrin

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards was forced to do something he didn’t want to Thursday — that was to tell James Cobb’s family that the woman accused of killing him wasn’t going to trial next week.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted the Public Defender’s Office request for a continuance in the second-degree murder case of Tammy Rosado, who was scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday.

  • Watts Bar Dam traffic to one lane

    TVA will work with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office to close one lane of Hwy. 68 traffic over Watts Bar Dam from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

    The closure will allow TVA to change out lighting over the roadway. The public is advised to be aware of traffic signs and flagging staff. TVA appreciates the public’s understanding. In the event of inclement weather, the work may be extended or rescheduled.

  • Gardeners with good hearts sought

    Volunteers are invited to assist with the Roane State Community Garden, located near the college’s main campus.

    An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Roane County campus.

    The garden is open to everyone in the community, along with all Roane State students and employees. Expert farmers and beginners are welcome.

    Half of the bounty from the garden is donated to local charities to help feed the needy.

  • Education commissioner visits Ridge View

    Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen got a glimpse of school life at Ridge View Elementary School and Roane County High School Monday.

    The visit was part of her 10,000 Teacher Tour to learn from teachers across the state and recognize the hard work they are doing.

    “We are at about 3,000 or so (teachers visited so far),” said McQueen.

    At Ridge View, she visited a number of classrooms, including an interesting approach at an integrated classroom, with two fifth-grade homerooms and their teachers and a special education teacher.

  • School funding meeting this week

    Everett Massengill, a member of the Roane County Board of Education for more than 20 years, said he can’t recall many meetings that have been more important than the one scheduled for Thursday between the school board and Roane County Commission.

    “This is probably one of the biggest meetings we’re going to have for a long time pertaining to education,” Massengill said. “That’s why it’s very important that everyone comes, takes part, listens and tries to learn.”

  • Video of police shooting shown

    The public finally got to see video of the Feb. 9 shooting involving Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes and suspect Christopher Lee Powers.

    It was shown Monday during Powers’ preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    “Don’t do it, don’t do it,” Mayes yelled as Powers sat behind the steering wheel of a vehicle he had just crashed at the Interstate 40, Exit 340 ramp.

    Powers didn’t comply and rammed Mayes’ police cruiser head on, the video shows.

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  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.

    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.

    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.

    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.

    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.