Local News

  • Yager’s annual grant conference set for Sept. 18

    State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced that his annual grants conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Roane State Community College in Harriman.

    The conference will focus on providing local governments, community groups and non-profits pertinent information on available grants and the best practices for preparing a competitive application that will be successful.

    “The goal is to never let a grant opportunity pass by without local governments, community groups and non-profits knowing how to tap into it,” said Yager.

  • Roane improves emergency response infrastructure

    The East Tennessee Development District recently recognized Roane County for the work it has done to improve its emergency response infrastructure.

    The East Tennessee Development District held its annual awards banquet on Thursday evening, July 11, at the Venue in Lenoir City.

    The banquet was attended by over 140 local elected officials and staff members from East Tennessee Development District.

  • Lawson’s story in opioid awareness campaign

    Roane County resident Sara Lawson is featured in the Tennessee Department of Health’s “Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis“ public education and awareness campaign.

    This project will include people from every county of Tennessee sharing personal stories of how they have been impacted by the opioid crisis. The campaign also provides resources and information on how everyone can be part of the solution to this problem.


    After a lot of discussion and back and forth, the Roane County Commission passed an 11-cent increase in the property tax rate during a special-called meeting on Monday.

    “The recommendation out of Budget Committee passed both on the appropriation and tax resolution as submitted,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Jail overcrowding remains problem

    Despite a population well above its certified capacity, an inspector with the Tennessee Corrections Institute had some positive comments about the Roane County Jail during a recent review.

    “The chief deputy, captain, lieutenant and staff are to be commended on maintaining a clean facility and were very professional during the inspection process,” William R. Kane wrote in his report.

    “I’m proud of the employees,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “Keeping the place clean and keeping order.”

  • TVA fly ash, gypsum doesn’t all end up in landfill

    Not all of the fly ash and gypsum produced at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant ends up in a landfill.

    “Here at Kingston, about 65 percent of the fly ash goes to make concrete and other uses,” TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash said. “About 40 percent of the gypsum is redirected for beneficial use in manufacturing drywall, wallboard.”

    Lyash said you may see it and not even know it.

  • Dr. Bass to speak at Children’s Museum benefit

    The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge will host a benefit presentation this fall by Dr. William “Bill” Bass, author, renowned forensic anthropologist, and founder of the “Body Farm,” the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee.

    Bass will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Museum, discussing the science behind the novel “Bones of Betrayal,” set in Oak Ridge, and answering questions from the audience.

  • Obed healthy hike Aug. 9

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be offering a healthy hike along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail on Friday, Aug. 9.

    Participants will get a chance to view several different sandstone rock formations as well as the spectacular confluence of the Obed and Emory river junction.

    Those interested are asked to meet the park ranger at the Nemo day-use area parking lot at 10 a.m. (ET) for this two and one-half mile hike. Please also wear sturdy shoes. This program should conclude by noon.

  • May gets year sentence for wire fraud

    By Richard Evans

    A former employee of the Oliver Springs Housing Authority was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville.

    In February of this year, Melissa Eula May, 44, of Knoxville, entered a guilty plea to the charge of wire fraud.

    In addition to the time she was sentenced to in federal prison, May was also ordered to pay $149,440.02 restitution to the Oliver Springs Housing Authority.