Local News

  • Flooding closes Kingston Elementary

    Too much rain in too short of time.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said that’s what caused a flooding incident that prompted the cancellation of classes at Kingston Elementary School on Thursday.

    “We had about 2 inches of water that came in,” Aytes said. “It doesn’t look like there was any damage; just water.”

    Wednesday evening’s rain was the culprit. Aytes said the water entered the school underneath the doors.

  • Sheriff’s office looking into hurt woman

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause behind injuries to a seriously injured woman found outside a Bluff Road home on Aug. 16.

    Kristin Mallory Cupp was taken first to Roane Medical Center and then transported via Lifestar to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    “At this time, it appears it may have been a medical issue,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton. “Her clothing and things like that were consistent with someone having a fall.”

  • County rivalry returns to gridiron tonight

    For the sake of unity, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason quipped that it was a good thing an economic conference involving all the mayors was on Aug. 13.

    “If it was two weeks from now, Kingston would have already lost to Harriman in the football game so [Kingston] Mayor Tim Neal wouldn’t be quite as nice as he is right now,” Mason said.

    His joke got a big response from the audience.

    Officials can laugh about it now because after a two-year hiatus, Kingston and Harriman will once again face each other on the high school football field.

  • POOL’S OUT for summer
  • Corker: Dems, GOP financially irresponsible

    Fiscal and foreign policy were some of the issues on Sen. Bob Corker’s mind Tuesday during a meeting with constituents at The Roane Alliance.

    “Many of the people here in this room, I met when I was running nine-and-a-half, 10 years ago,” he said. “One of the reasons I ran was because of the fiscal issues our nation is facing and was facing at the time. I wish I could tell you we’ve accomplished a great deal, but we really haven’t.”

  • Lawyer: Friend wasn’t speeding in fatal crash

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter said his client wasn’t speeding as he traveled down Hwy. 61 in Roane County on Feb. 6.

    Knoxville attorney David C. Hollow made the allegation against Merley Tilson in an answer to a lawsuit.

    “Quite frankly, I’m upset about the allegation,” Ritter said.

    Hollow represents ex-state trooper Samuel Dean Norman, who is being sued in Roane County Circuit by Sandra J. Solomon.

    She claims Norman caused the Feb. 6 crash that killed her husband, Elmer Solomon.

  • Tennessee not part of 1st Blue Bell roll out

    Phase 1 of Blue Bell Creameries planned roll out won’t include Tennessee, so local freezer aisles could continue to remain devoid of the company’s ice cream products.

    “We have limited distribution right now as we only have one facility that is producing ice cream,” company spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said.

    “Because of that, we’re going to re-enter parts of 15 states in five phases.”

  • Sequoyah worker accuses TVA of age discrimination

    A woman is accusing TVA of age discrimination in a federal lawsuit.

    Deborah S. Payne said she was a radiation protection technician at the agency’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy in November 2012 when a job opening for a site/field performance analyst was posted.

  • State seeking to help area’s Civil War sites

    The Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission are requesting applications for projects to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee.

    The grants are funded through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act, established in 2013.

    “This is a valuable source of funding to help conserve time-honored battlefield properties,” Tennessee Historical Commission Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre said.

  • New ‘invisible utility’ serves wastewater customers

    Last year Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas completed the oxidation ditch that was an integral part of meeting a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.

    A year later, other important aspects of the project are now complete.

    “We have a new lab,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The facility opened up last winter, and it’s made for the long haul.

    “This lab will last for the longterm,” Ramsey said. “We feel good about that.”