Local News

  • 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.

  • Sick dog’s fate has been decided, new owner says

    Frank was probably born between July and September of 2014.

    We first met him last Thursday. He was a bundle of energy with a winsome personality. He loved to snuggle and give lots of kisses.

    We decided he was a good match for our family so we adopted him and brought him home on Friday, although we knew nothing of his previous life.

    We changed his name to Sparky because of his high energy level.

    Was he also named Sparky by his previous family? He seemed to know his new name almost immediately. He seemed to be really happy in his new home.

  • County Commissioner Greg Ferguson arrested

    Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was arrested Monday night for DUI. As of 10:30 p.m. he was still in custody at the Roane County Jail.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Ferguson, 59, was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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

  • Man in trouble for shooting gun around children

    A Clinton man faces charges in Roane County for allegedly shooting a gun inside a home with children present. Christopher Scott Braden, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, four counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of possession.

    Last week’s incident happened at 887 Old Harriman Hwy. Roane Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Canup said Braden was carrying a black bag in the driveway when he responded to a call about shots fired at the residence.

  • American Legion post has rich history

    American Legion Post 232 in Harriman is one of only a few predominantly African-American posts in the state.

    Bronce Cleveland, who is district commander, said the post started in 1947.

    “Our forefathers formed this American Legion back in the Jim Crow days. We had black regiments and white regiments,” said Cleveland.

    “We tried to join, but we were turned down,” said post commander Greg Love of African-American’s previous attempts at joining American Legion posts in those early days.

  • Board approves school calendar

    The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year is set.

    The calendar approved by the Roane County Board of Education last week has students starting the new school year on Aug. 10.

    The board had been considering two calendar options for the 2015-16 school year.

    The one referred to as the “balanced” calendar included a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    The board picked the traditional calendar, however, which includes the customary one-week break in the fall and a one-week break in the spring.

  • County picks up tab on cleanup of Harriman’s Miller & Brewer site

    Roane County is reimbursing the city of Harriman for nearly $100,000 in costs incurred cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building. That’s because Roane County owns the property, according to Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    “It went to them by default,” Mason said.

    The property on Roane Street in downtown Harriman was offered as part of a county back tax sale last year. When no one bid on the property, the clerk and master entered a bid on behalf of the county, which the law requires.