Local News

  • New member joins Rockwood City Council

    By Richard Evans

    Tuesday’s election results brought change to the Rockwood City Council with the election of Steve Bryant.

    Harold Holloway and Robert “Bobby” Anderson won reelection to the council and Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller won reelection, running unopposed.

    For Bryant, the goal going forward is simple: “Putting the people first and doing what I can to help our town.”

  • TBI, local police still searching for Rockwood teen on Friday, van found

    By Richard Evans

    A statewide AMBER Alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Rockwood Police Department for 17-year-old Haley Nicole Brandenburg.

    Brandenburg has a medical condition and does not have access to her medication.

    She was last seen in Rockwood wearing tan Adidas pants with a pink stripe down the side and a green Subway shirt.

    She wears glasses and has braces.

    She is believed to be in the company of Robert Andrew Garren, 31.

    The alert was issued last week.

  • Combat photographer is named to ‘Hall of Fame’

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman Care & Rehabilitation honored a local veteran and four others Thursday night during their annual Hall of Fame ceremony.

    “Everyone has a story, and our future generations deserve to know the stories of these accomplished people,” said, Roger Parker, CEO at Harriman Care & Rehabilitation.

    Among those honored was Richard Privette.

    “I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I give praise to God. Everything I have accomplished, I give to them,” he said.

  • Officials worry about the safety of ballfields near Kingston Fossil Plant

    Hours after the verdict in the ash spill workers trial was announced, Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis and Commissioner David Bell each said they want the fields at the Swan Pond Sports Complex checked for potential health dangers.

    “I think Roane County should be very concerned,” Ellis said.

    Roane County operates the sports complex on land owned by TVA.

  • Employees win ash spill lawsuit against Jacobs

    A federal jury of six women and four men found on Wednesday that the plaintiffs in the ash spill worker trial had proved their case against Jacobs Engineering Group.

    That means a phase 2 trial will occur sometime in the future that will focus on each plaintiff’s alleged injuries, whether they are entitled to punitive damages and by how much.

    The ash spill occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    A dike failure resulted in the release of more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Voters reject proposed wheel tax

    Many predicted the wheel tax referendum would fail mightily in Tuesday’s election.

    They were proven right by the unofficial returns, which showed 14,813 voted against it compared to just 4,019 for.

    “It was a beat down,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

    “That wheel tax had a blowout.”

    Nearly 79 percent of the people who voted in the referendum were against the wheel tax.

  • Yager’s chili supper a good time for a good cause

    One of the best reasons to show up at state Sen. Ken Yager’s 25th Annual Chili Supper on Friday, Nov. 16, is the opportunity to help local non-profit organizations.

    But there’s another reason — you never know who you might run into.

    Over the past 25 years a legion of political officials have showed up at the event at Roane State Community College to help serve delicious bowls of hot chili while raising money for good causes.

    Guests are sometimes surprised to see well known state and local officials on the serving line.

  • Kinney reckless homicide case dismissed

    The criminal case against Jacob Kinney — the Harriman teen charged with reckless homicide in the 2016 death of MarStratton Gordon — is over.

    A hearing was held in the case on Wednesday.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey determined Jacob acted in self defense and dismissed the charge.

    “He’s been innocent the whole entire time,” Jacob’s mom, Sherri Kinney said.

  • Voters say NO to $50 wheel tax

    People who own vehicles in Roane County will not have to pay a $50 wheel tax. A referendum that called for one was defeated soundly on Tuesday.

    According to unofficial returns, 14,813 people voted against the referendum compared to just 4,019 who voted for it.

    “I think the people have spoken clearly tonight in their opposition to the wheel tax,” Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said.

    Kingston City Councilman Don White lost his re-election bid on Tuesday, finishing fourth with 1,192 voters.