Local News

  • School decision by 5:30 a.m. Thursday if bad weather hits

    The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a winter storm watch for March 5 in Roane County.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said early Wednesday afternoon that no decision had been made thus far about canceling school for Thursday, but he and other officials are monitoring the weather situation.

    "We will definitely make a decision by 5:30 in the morning," Aytes said. "We've already determined we're not waiting any later than 5:30 the morning of, but hopefully we'll be able to make a decision tonight."

  • Oak Ridge DOE manager dead at age 58

    U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Manager Larry Kelly died on Feb. 26. He was 58.

    “Words cannot describe the sadness we feel with the passing of Larry,” said Kevin Hall, the office’s deputy manager.

    “The loss of our leader is heavy on our hearts, but it is the loss of a friend that leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to endure. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Rubenia, and daughter, Kristyn.”

  • Dems to elect new leaders at Roane County Convention

    The Roane County Democratic Party will elect new leaders during a county leadership convention at noon March 21 in Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    The convention is open to any bona fide Democrat who lives in Roane County.

    Roane County Democrats will elect a new chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer of the county executive committee for a two-year term.

    Members will also discuss the Democratic Party’s agenda and events for 2015.

  • Rockwood author lights ‘Fires’

    Smoke from Small Fires is a fictitious memoir set in rural East Tennessee and written by a Rockwood author.

    In it, happily off-tilt characters, bizarre events and a gamut of emotions stack up like a collage layered thick with compelling details.

    Anne Powers is a lifelong fine artist who became “the accidental writer.”

    Riven from her studio by circumstance with only a laptop for company, bits of word and story ended up layered like collage into a highly visual writing style.

  • From ashes to home, Goddards regroup

    Jerry and Sherron Goddard are still getting used to their new home on Cemetery Lane.

    “Strange,” Jerry said about his surroundings.

    The structure is in the same location where the Goddards have lived together for more than 30 years. Their original home was destroyed in a fire in December 2013. Instead of moving, the Goddards decided to rebuild. They moved into the new home last fall.

    Sherron echoed her husband’s sentiments about the place.

  • County commissioner charged with DUI

    What started as a seat-belt infraction ended up as a trip to jail for District 2 County Commissioner Greg Ferguson.

    He was arrested on Monday in Midtown on charges of driving under the influence.

    “I don’t know the circumstances,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “The captain of the patrol division called and told me that THP had arrested one of our commissioners.”

    According to the warrant, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander Evans stopped Ferguson for a seat-belt violation.

  • Man shot by officer on I-40 appears in court

    Christopher Lee Powers appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday on charges stemming from his Feb. 9 encounter with police.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes shot Powers multiple times after Powers allegedly rammed his cruiser at the Interstate 40 Airport Road Exit ramp. The grand jury cleared Mayes of any wrongdoing on Feb. 23.

  • Ag help available for energy systems

    Rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small business owners save money on their energy bills, reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, support America’s clean energy economy, and cut carbon pollution. The resources are made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill.

  • Winter weather jumbles local court calendars

    The Ninth Judicial District’s court schedule was drastically changed by the wintery weather the last two weeks.

    “We adjusted Roane County grand jury well enough, but it has thrown Criminal Court trial docket in Morgan County and our non-jury cases on Roane County into disarray,” said District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

    According to Johnson’s office, this has resulted in the rescheduling of 22 cases set for jury trial.

    Among the cases were State vs. Albert Phillips, charged with second-degree murder.

  • Mayes back to work after shooting

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes is off paid administrative leave.

    “He returned to work Friday,” Chief Deputy Tim Phillips confirmed.

    Mayes had been on administrative leave since Feb. 9. He was cleared for return to duty after the grand jury determined he acted appropriately in shooting Christopher Lee Powers.

    The Feb. 9 shooting happened at the Interstate 40 Airport Road Exit ramp. According to an addendum to the grand jury report, Powers spun out at the exit ramp and his vehicle was pointed at Mayes.