Local News

  • Construction closing Rockwood City Hall offices on Friday

    Rockwood City Hall will be closed to the public on Friday due to construction.

    Offices closed will be city clerks; water, gas and sewer clerks; and the building inspector.

    Call City Hall from Monday through Thursday at 354-0611 for more information.

  • Tennessee MEDIEVAL FAIRE

    The fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire kicks off this weekend in Harriman.

    “We’re taking visitors back to the age of chivalry,” said Faire organizer Barrie Paulson.

    The interactive-themed outdoor festival will begin on Saturday and will run for three weekends — including Memorial Day — at the site at 550 Fiske Road.

    The theme for this year’s fair is scripted around the popular tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

  • Kingston man killed in crash

    An elderly Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash on Sunday, May 6.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, John Michael Drake was traveling west on Smalley Lane in a 2000 Ford F250 pickup truck around 9 p.m.

    The truck left the roadway, struck an embankment and a large tree.

    “Vehicle 1 (the truck) rolled and came to an uncontrolled rest on the vehicle’s right side blocking both lanes of traffic,” the report said.

  • From Roane State to living the dream
  • Emails reveal mayor lost confidence in ex-chief

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best told Harriman City Council members he’d lost confidence in police chief Derek Pacifico a month before Pacifico resigned on April 22.

    In an email dated March 23, Best details his issues with Pacifico.


    Harriman officials this week joined officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others to kick off the cleanup of the Harriman papermill site.

    The papermill was put on the National Priorities List in 2012 and removal and remedial action cleanup activities are starting this week to remove structures at the 30-plus acres. The city hopes to use the property someday for recreational purposes.

    “We are looking forward to having this completed in the next 90 days,” said Scott Miller, remedial project manager for the EPA.

  • Deputy stuck by needle while searching suspect

    An officer with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office sought medical treatment after being pricked with a needle on Monday.

    The needle stick happened when he was searching a suspect.

    “He’s OK,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about Cpl. Kyle Canup.

    According to the report, Canup was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle with a broken taillight on Hwy. 27.

  • Pair in D.C. for Police Week

    Detective Bryan Walker and Corrections Officer Robert Sparkes are representing the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week.

    “National Police Week is where they honor all the fallen officers that have died in the line of duty,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “They do it every year. Officers from around the world come there.”

    Stockton said he sends someone to the event each year.

  • $68 million request made

    The Roane County Board of Education has sent the funding request for its building program to the Roane County Commission.

    “On behalf of the Roane County School Board, Roane County School System is requesting consideration by the Roane County Commission of the funding component regarding the proposed new construction and re-use plan for existing facilities,” said a May 4 letter that was signed by Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins and Board Chairman Rob Jago.


    Two juvenile males are in custody in the Knox County Juvenile Detention Center following their arrest in connection with threats made at Roane County High School.

    They were suspended from school Friday following reports from students that heard the threats, said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “First of all, I will say that we take all threats seriously and we will investigate and prosecute to the fullest,” Stockton said. “The kids and staff in our schools are very important to us.”