Local News

  • Audit: Ex-staffer stole $150K

    A former employee of the Oliver Springs Housing Authority is accused of making personal purchases of almost $150,000 with the Housing Authority’s credit cards in an investigative audit released this week by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

    Comptroller investigators reviewed accounting records, bank statements, credit card statements and supporting documentation for the period beginning Dec. 1, 2015, through the time of the employee’s termination in April 2017.

  • Fields of DREAMS

    The site where the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build a new consolidated high school might not even be suitable to construct such a facility.

    “So we don’t even know if the land is suitable to build on yet?” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson asked during a work session last week.

    “I think that’s a risk,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins responded.

  • TVA funds go to lights

    New downtown lights and street signs with directional information will soon be finding their way into historic downtown Harriman.

    The changes are among some of the last beautification measures the city will be doing with TVA money it received after the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill.

    The large directional signs at each intersection on Roane Street will point travelers toward areas of interest, such as churches and businesses.

  • More work for dangerous intersection

    The work to make Harriman’s intersection of Pine Ridge and Hwy. 70 at Midtown safer may kick off this summer.

    The city of Harriman is working with the state to use safety grant money to improve the traffic signals and intersection.

    “This project is currently in the May 11 bid letting. The due date for project completion is on or before December 15,” said Mark Nagi, community relations officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • Special NRC inspection at Watts Bar nuclear plant

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a special inspection into the circumstances surrounding voids in the residual heat removal system, which made it inoperable for a time on both Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the Watts Bar nuclear plant.

    The TVA-operated facility is near Spring City, Tenn., about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The residual heat removal system is used to complete the plant’s cooldown process at lower pressures and also provides important functions during certain accident scenarios.

  • Dispose of household hazardous waste the safe way on May 12

    Roane County residents can dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day.

    The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at Roane County Recycling Facility at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    “You are probably thinking you don’t have any hazardous materials in your house,” said Ralph Stewart, Roane County solid waste director. “Surprisingly, many household items are flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic and should not be thrown into the garbage.”


    It could be game over for a project that was once billed as a game changer for the area.

    On March 13, 2015, CVMR announced that it would establish its global headquarters in Roane County.

    More than three years later, the global headquarters is not here — and area officials don’t sound hopeful about it ever happening.

    “That never did come to fruition for whatever reason,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Volunteers sought for Manhattan Project Park

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park is seeking volunteers to assist Oak Ridge unit staff.

    Opportunities include staffing the visitor contact station at Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, meeting and greeting visitors while providing information about the park. Opportunities to provide informational programs may also exist.


    If someone is up to no good in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park they’ll soon be playing peek-a-boo with a camera that can help pin them to the crime.

    “They have been ordered. I’m waiting on a delivery date,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

    Getting security cameras to capture possible illegal activity, including occasional vandalism, has been a goal of many city officials for some time.

    “It is well needed for everything going on down there,” said Councilman Tim Johnson.

  • Rockwood returns pool-covering grant

    Rockwood officials approved returning the grant that would have went towards covering the city pool at their meeting last week.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed returning the funds at a workshop earlier in the year, citing needs for improvements at the current pool before a covering would be put in place.

    “This is something you hate to do but unfortunately there is a lot more to it than first we thought,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.