Local News

  • Horsehead applying for railcar permit

    Horsehead Corp.’s Rockwood facility sometimes has to have railcars on site a few days.

    The company, which recovers zinc and other metals from what is known as electric arc furnace dust from steel producers, is now required to get a Part B hazardous waste permit so it can continue at times to have railcars at their facility for more than 48 hours.

  • No probation solutions in first committee session

    The Ad-Hoc Probation Services Committee met for the first time on Tuesday. Members didn’t come up with any solutions for the probation issues facing the county, and finding some in the future could prove difficult.

    “I’m not too hopeful for any kind of solution or fix, but we can talk about it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “We can all add our insight and wish that things were different.”

  • Roane Choral in Concert

    An 80-year-old woman was rescued Monday from a car that wrecked near Rockwood.

    The driver was identified as Margaret A. Poole of 808 New Hope Road, Rockwood.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn found the car over an embankment in the area of 1383 Joiner Hollow Road.

    “We were grateful that he happened to be right there, and got her out of there as quick as he could,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • Holiday travel, rain cause snarls in traffic

    Inclimate weather and a busy holiday weekend kept the Tennessee Highway Patrol hopping in Roane County, but no fatalities or life-threatening injuries were reported.

    Twenty-three wrecks were reported Nov. 26-29 – with 16 alone occurring Sunday, Nov. 29, over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    An additional six wrecks occurred Monday during periods of heavy rain.

  • School officials ask public input on redistricting

    The Roane County Board of Education will have a public hearing on redistricting on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harriman High School auditorium.

    Three plans are under consideration:

    • redistrict Skyline Drive off Sugar Grove Valley Road from Oliver Springs district to Kingston district (approximately 53 students)

    • redistrict Little Emory area north of Harriman from Oliver Springs district to Harriman district (approximately 23 students)

  • UCOR presents big check to United Way

    The Roane County United Way picked up an early Christmas gift Tuesday afternoon.

    URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, known locally as UCOR, presented the agency with a check for $23,105.87.

    The donation was made thanks to fundraising efforts made by UCOR’s employees.

    “We’ve had a very successful campaign this year,” UCOR Communications Director Anne Smith said.

    “We exceeded our goal of $100,000 and they split it up with several counties, and Roane County United Way is getting a check for over $23,000.”

  • Project collects holiday items for teens

    So often young children are the focus of holiday giving, but as they grow up they still need to know people care.

    That is what the Roane County Community Advisory Board is trying to show them by collecting basic needs and small wants like hair-styling products, scarves and ear buds for stockings for selected teens in Roane County.

    “This is probably our fifth year of doing the stockings,” said Leonora Spangler.

    Spangler, a member of CAB, also works at the Juvenile office.

  • Kingston parade rescheduled

    The Kingston Christmas Parade that was originally scheduled for today, Monday, Nov. 30, has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 4.

    Line up is at 5:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7.

  • Helping out on Thanksgiving