Local News

  • Female paramedic sues for pay equality

    A woman who worked as a paramedic for Roane County EMS is suing the service in federal court.

    Rhonda R. Wallace claims in her lawsuit that she did the same work as her male counterparts, but was paid less.

    “Defendant discriminated against plaintiff on the basis of sex by paying wages at a rate less than the rate at which it pays wages to employees of the opposite sex, the disparity of which was based on plaintiff’s gender,” the lawsuit alleges.

  • Henry here on Fourth to speak in Harriman

    Tennessee Deputy Governor Jim Henry will speak during Wednesday’s Veterans Appreciation Day event at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    Henry, a Vietnam veteran, will speak at approximately 2 p.m.

    Gates open at noon, and the public is invited.

    A former mayor of Kingston, Henry was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as deputy governor on June 30, 2015, after serving two years as commissioner for the Department of Children’s Services.

  • DA elected to state executive committee

    Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, whose jurisdiction includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties, has been elected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

    “I am honored to serve on the Executive Committee,” Johnson said. “I’m proud to call Tennessee home, and I am dedicated to making sure my neighbors in the communities I serve feel safe.”

  • Attendance up at Tennessee Medieval Faire

    From staff reports

    The 2018 Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman attracted a record number of visitors from as far away as California and Hawaii.

    Faire organizer Barrie Paulson of Darkhorse Entertainment LLC thanked the more than 3,274 patrons and participants who drove from 22 states and from 46 Tennessee counties.

    That’s one more state, including Washington and Arizona, and 14 more counties than last year, Paulson said.

  • Worker says disgruntled customer attacked him

    An employee at Harbor Freight told Rockwood police he was attacked by someone who was with a disgruntled customer. Officer Jared Hall responded to the business on June 24 to look into the incident.

    “I spoke to store employee Christian Smith, who said he was attacked, knocked down and his phone stolen,” the report said. “He told me that a customer in the store was doing a return and was not happy.”

    The report said the store manager took over the transaction and Smith went outside to take a break.

  • Oil shortages forcing gas prices back up

    Gas prices faced upward pressure in the days before Independence Day.

    AAA forecasts nearly 47 million Americans are traveling for the holiday. The 39.7 million driving will find gas prices 50-60 cents more than last year.

    Gas prices in Tennessee remain a half cent below what motorists paid this time last year.

    Sunday’s average of $2.60 is 60 cents more than this time last year.

  • Stay afloat for Jaws on the Water

    Jaws on the Water returns to terrify moviegoers floating in the water at Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood this weekend.

    The event, which starts approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, July 7, was a huge success in its inaugural viewing last year. Crowds took to the water, feet dangling precariously into the water from the their tubes as the dreadful shark known as Jaws appears on screen and wreaks havoc.

    “We had a family drive 10 hours all the way from Wisconsin,” said parks and recreation director Chase Clem.

  • Looking to clean up waterways?

    Planning to host a river or reservoir cleanup effort? TVA can help with up to $5,000 in funds to cover trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, dumpster rentals, safety items, first-aid kits, refreshments, boat rentals and more.

    Martha Podren manages TVA’s Reservoir and Community Cleanup Fund, which supports clean up efforts in the TVA service area.

    TVA Natural Resources offers assistance through the Cleanup Fund to nonprofit organizations seeking to do cleanups within the TVA service area.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Conflict is our greatest constant

    As I compose this column on the Sunday before Independence Day, reminders of American diversity abound.

    Boaters out on Watts Bar Lake and jubilant, beer guzzling baseball fans on my TV screen are clearly preparing for conventional celebrations of our great national holiday. But a quick review of national headlines reveals a more sober mood.