Local News

  • Judge orders mediation in ash spill case

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan has ordered mediation in the ash spill workers case.

    “After careful consideration of the parties’ briefs and oral arguments, the Court has concluded that this litigation is one that could benefit from mediation and that it is appropriate to order mediation at this time,” Varlan said in an order filed on Jan. 18.

    The litigation stems from the fly ash disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Bill Lee sworn in as Tennessee’s 50th governor

    By Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican political newcomer Bill Lee on Saturday took the oath of office as the 50th governor of Tennessee, vowing not to solely look to government as the solution to the state’s most pressing challenges.

    “As honored as I am to be your next governor, no governor will solve the problems — in fact, no government will solve the greatest problems that we face,” Lee said. “Government is not the answer to our challenges.”

  • Powell man faces charge of child rape

    A man with a Powell address is facing a child rape charge in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Darren David Keathley, 20, was transported from the Anderson County Jail to the Roane County Jail on Sunday.

    “He was found to have an active true bill for rape of child taken out by Detective (Art) Wolff of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in front of the grand jury and issued by Court Clerk Lucy Guy,” the arrest report said.

  • SHUTDOWN: Bad wreck halts travel on OS Hwy.


  • Funds being raised for repairs at the old courthouse

    The historic old Roane County Courthouse is seeking funding for badly needed repairs.

  • Rockwood girl needs double lung transplant

    By Richard Evans

    Kayli McNeal is literally fighting for her life and needs the help of the community.
    The 15-year old Rockwood native suffers from cystic fibrosis, an incurable disease that damages the lungs and digestive system. In order to survive, Kayli needs a double-lung transplant.

  • REU to do a study on broadband

    By Richard Evans
    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board unanimously voted to approve funding for a study concerning the potential of providing broadband internet through their existing fiber outlay.

    While the board ultimately approved the measure, it was not without a great deal of discussion, emotion and a little confusion from the capacity crowd gathered in the REU Training Room.

  • BOE to stick to school consolidation plan

    The Roane County Board of Education has decided to resubmit it’s building and curriculum improvement plan regardless of a lack of support for funding from the Roane County Commission.
    In recent county commission meetings some commissioners have expressed their unwillingness to raise taxes to support a plan to consolidate Roane County High School, Harriman High School and Rockwood High School.

  • Jacksboro man accused of sex crimes arrested

    A Jacksboro man was arrested last week on an October indictment for alleged sex crimes. Zeth Ryan Sanders is charged with rape, statutory rape and incest.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted him on Oct. 15. The alleged crimes occurred in 2015.

    Court records listed Sanders’ address as 125 Hollow Lake Lane, Jacksboro. However, he was arrested at 238 Ollis Road, Oliver Springs, by sheriff’s deputies on Thursday.

    According to the arrest report, deputies went to the door and a female confirmed that Sanders was inside.