Local News

  • Former federal inmate lands back behind bars

    A woman who was recently released from federal prison got into some trouble in Rockwood.

    Tawny Michelle Inman, 28, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an April 29 traffic stop on Tedder Street.

    According to the report, she was a passenger in a vehicle driven by James Harrison Ledford.

    Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton said he stopped the vehicle because he suspected Ledford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he recalled seeing Ledford’s name on an active warrants list.

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  • Kingston achieves best fire rating in county’s history

    The city of Kingston has achieved the best fire protection insurance rating in the history of Roane County.

    City officials announced this week that Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating has been reduced to a 2, effective Aug. 1.

    ISO is an insurer-supported organization that provides advisory insurance underwriting and rating information to insurers.

    The rating system is 1-10, with a score of 1 being the best.

    The rating comes after an extensive audit of equipment and training, said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

  • No tax increase unless ...

    The process of putting a county budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year is half finished, according to officials.

    “All funds are in good shape,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody is chairman of the Budget Committee, which has been working on the budget for several weeks now.

  • 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.”