Local News

  • Storm brush piles may be put to good use

    The piles of snow are gone.

    The mounds of debris left after a succession of winter storms are still growing.

    Roane County Highway Department is making progress on cleaning up debris left after winter weather last month downed trees and power lines throughout the county.

    “We worked up till last Friday (March 6) basically around the clock,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson. His crews accrued $27,000 in overtime for the period, Ferguson added.

  • Youngsters get kick out of Kingston soccer camp
  • Girl hit by truck

    A 6-year-old girl was hit by a truck Monday evening on Old Valley Road.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the girl was flown by Lifestar to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and later transferred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    “She was in stable condition the last thing I heard last night,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said a police report wasn’t available Tuesday morning.

    The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Rockwood Civitan serves those who served

    Rockwood Civitan honored city crews Thursday for their work during the snow and ice storms last month.

    Civitan members served them a warm lunch at Junior’s Restaurant — along with countless words of thanks and recognition.

    “We started to talk about the crews and the work they do, because it is a pretty thankless job,” said Civitan member Linda Coffey.

    “They were doing such a great job to make sure everyone was warm and safe.”

  • Kingston woman missing

    A Kingston woman was reported missing by her mother on March 7.

    Cara Treadway was in the Charleston, S.C., area visiting her boyfriend, Blake Drayton Barber, at 1880 Cherokee Rose Circle in the Dunes West subdivision, according to a release from the Mount Pleasant, S.C., Police Department.

    Her mother told police she last received an email from Treadway on Feb. 27.

    The email said Treadway felt lost and alone.

    Her mother said several of Treadway’s friends received the same message.

  • Citations over arrests reduces jail population

    The District Attorney General’s Office has been helping keep down the population at the Roane County Jail by issuing

    a directive to police officers that they can issue citations instead of making arrests for certain offenses.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson mentioned the directive at this month’s Roane County Sheriff’s Liaison Committee meeting.

    He said the offenses that could draw a citation instead of an arrest include driving on a suspended or revoked license, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Undisclosed settlement made in bullying suit

    The Roane County Board of Education settled a federal lawsuit last year with a woman who claimed her son was bullied while attending Walnut Hill Elementary School in Harriman.

    Melissa L. Hunka filed the lawsuit in November 2011.

    Roane County government, all 10 members of the school board at that time, then director of schools Toni McGriff and former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers were named as defendants.

  • Kingston man pleads on credit union heist

    Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this month to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. in Knoxville on Jan. 23.

    He was remanded back to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing, which is scheduled for July 8 before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    Samples was originally scheduled to plead guilty on Feb. 18, but the hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Samples walked into the Y-12 shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 and handed the teller a bank robbery demand note.

  • Stretch of Hwy. 27 to be repaved

    Tennessee Department of Transportation recently took out bids to pave Hwy. 27 from about 450 feet east of Hwy. 29 in Harriman to Dunn Street in Rockwood.

    The state awarded the contract to APAC-Atlantic, with a bid of $1.188 million.

    “Preconstruction conference has not been held yet so no word on when resurfacing will begin,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. The project has a due date on or before July 31.

    Harriman officials would like to see additional paving, including in Harriman’s downtown area.

  • ‘Start of a great wave’: 620 high-paying jobs

    A Toronto, Canada, company that leads the way in 3-D printing and advanced metals technology is moving its international headquarters — and eventually 620 jobs — to Roane County.

    “This is a good day. It’s a very good day,” said Gov. Bill Haslam as he made the announcement.

    CVMR is already in the process of moving into the building at 103 Palladium Way in the Horizon Center off Oak Ridge Turnpike.