Local News

  • More time granted in TVA mediation

    The parties involved in the TVA ash spill litigation were granted an additional 105 days to mediate on Oct. 24.
    “This litigation shall continue to be stayed during the mediation,” Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said in the order granting the extension.
    The plaintiffs and TVA filed a joint motion requesting the additional time on Oct. 22. It was the third joint request for an extension since Varlan ordered the parties to mediate on Nov. 20, 2012.
    The first request was granted on March 21. The second one was granted on July 12.

  • Blake Norman honored as top Rockwood officer

    Rockwood Police Department officer Blake Norman was recognized as officer of the quarter at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday.
    “He’s one of those fellows that we can all be proud of. Blake has led the department in arrests,” and been consistent with all his duties, Mayor James Watts said.
    Watts said arrests alone don’t qualify Norman for the honor.
    Norman arrives early for work and leaves late and has a great attitude, follows orders and has a high energy level, according to Watts.

  • Concert at Princess Theatre

    John Fee and The Tuckasee Highway Band will perform Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.
    Presented by Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Committee, the concert also features Johnny Cash tribute artist Philip Ray.
    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Roane State campuses, by calling (865) 354-3000, Ext. 4515, or at the door on the day of the concert.
    The concert will help fund other Arts and Lectures Committe activities.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: In-again, out-again Harry growing old

    Harry is a tuxedo cat who was born, according to the rescue outfit I got him from, on Valentine’s Day.
    With long black fur, a snowy bib and oversized white feet, he stole my heart immediately.
    When I brought him home to my apartment in Chicago, Harry reveled in life outside of a cage.
    He stretched across a panel of sunlight on the hardwood floor of my apartment, his tail curling into a question mark. Itwas as if he was ask if this could be his home.
    He came up with the answer soon enough, wandering from room to room chirping happily.

  • Official calls Spooktacular a success
  • Another delay in murder trial

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen has control over a lot of things.
    Unfortunately for those who hoped to see Ralph O’Neal tried for murder next week, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts isn’t one of them.

    Eblen allowed O’Neal’s state-paid defense to hire an expert witness in the case, but the decision still had to go through the Administrative Office of the Courts for approval, which means another delay.

  • Hospitalized judge to be back

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey was in good spirits Tuesday, despite being in the hospital.
    “My legs are horribly swollen, and I can’t even walk,” said Humphrey. “But I’m on blood thinners, and I’m keeping my legs elevated.”
    Humphrey was diagnosed with substantial blood clots.
     “I’m expected to fully recover,” he said.
    Humphrey said it was a kidney problem that originally landed him in the hospital.

  • Father/son rape case date set for March 10

    The father and son accused of raping two teenage sisters waived arraignment in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday. A status hearing is set March 10, 2014.
    George William Miles Sr., also known as Will, faces six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. His son, George William Miles Jr., faces six counts of aggravated statutory rape. The alleged crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said the victims videotaped one of the episodes, and the evidence was taken to police.  

  • Airport work to begin soon

    T-hangar building construction at the Rockwood Municipal Airport may start in mid-winter next year.
    “Hopefully, we’ll get the concrete slabs poured before Christmas,” said Councilwoman Peggy Evans, a staunch advocate for the municipal-owned airport she says can be an economic boon for the city.
    Evans said if all goes well, actual construction can start in February, and in no time they can rent the buildings for airplanes and other storage.
    “Hopefully, if we can keep this going, it will be self-supporting,” Evans said.

  • Relive the past at Fort Loudoun State Park

    Fort Loudoun State Historic Park will come back to life on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, as the park hosts Garrison Weekend, the park’s annual two-day history re-enactment.
    The event is free and open to the public, with educational opportunities and family-friendly activities being offered at 10 a.m. each day, ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
    A “roll call” summoning re-enactment soldiers to their posts, just as it would have been done 250 years ago, signals the beginning of the living history weekend.