Local News

  • Global headquarters moving to Roane with 620 high-paying jobs

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was at the Horizon Center Friday to announce the move of the global headquarters of CVMR, a high-tech manufacturing and research and development facility, bringing with it 620 high-paying jobs to the new Roane County facility.

    The first wave of jobs will be 200, many of them engineers and researchers, and then a high-end manufacturing facility there will eventually add more than 400 more jobs.

  • Kingston library director hired



    Kingston’s Public Library is starting a new chapter.

    A South Carolina man is taking the library director’s job, ending a months-long spell with no one at the helm.

    Steve Parrott, formerly over collection development of the Kershaw County Library System near Columbia, S.C., accepted the job after the board made him an offer last week.

    He replaces longtime former director Steve Jacks, who was quietly let go by the library board last fall.

  • Local police part of probe in major pain clinic conspiracy



    Both the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman investigators were part of an FBI task force that contributed to the arrest of a Knoxville woman accused of conspiring with other pain clinic operators and others to distribute oxycodone.

    According to a news release from U.S. Attorney William C. Killian of Eastern District of Tennessee, a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned indictments on multiple individuals, including Sylvia Hofstetter, 51, of Knoxville.

  • Groups ask state to deny permit renewals for Justice coal mines

    A coalition of Tennessee citizens groups is urging the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation not to reauthorize Clean Water Act permits that a rogue coal mine operator let expire for 10 coal facilities.

  • Harrriman focusing on fun



    Harriman officials are looking at expanding recreation opportunities along the Emory River, including possibly developing a new park off Fiske Road

    City Manager Kevin Helms suggested that city councils don’t just guess at what residents want.

    “I think there needs to be a program to solicit community input,” Helms said. “What do people want?”

  • Some officers buy own body cameras



    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office has not outfitted its deputies with body cameras, but that hasn’t stopped Justin Joseph. He purchased one on his own.

    “They’re a hot topic right now,” Joseph said.

    Financially, the sheriff’s office can’t afford to buy all of its deputies body cameras right now, according to Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

  • Woman with local roots will be Harriman attorney



    It’s official — Harriman has a city attorney.

    City officials on Tuesday entered into an employment agreement with Allison M. Rehn for a position that, until last year, had been determined by Harriman voters.

    “I’m just ready to get a city attorney on board,” said Harriman City Council member Wayne Best, who made the motion to hire Rehn under an employment agreement.

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  • Local earthquake mystery probed


    For Roane County News

    If you didn’t feel the earth move about 1:35 p.m. Sunday, don’t feel bad.

    You aren’t alone.

    If not for news reports later in the day, few people may even have known about the 2.5 magnitude quake that centered about 7 miles east/northeast of Kingston.

    Faye Eblen of New Moody Road, which lies very close to the quake’s epicenter, said on Monday that neither she nor her husband, Raymond, felt the temblor.

  • County committee spells out what it wants from schools



    After butting heads a few times over money, Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee has outlined a list of things it wants the school system to provide during this year’s budget process.

    They include revenue projections, descriptions of each school, enrollment data, pupil/teacher ratios, teacher and support personnel salary data, zoning maps, bus replacement schedules that list bus models, years and mileage.