Local News

  • Roane veterans need more than health care

    Securing a VA clinic for the area was something Ken Yager worked on during his time as Roane County executive.

    He’s since moved on to the state Senate, but he still considers the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood his baby.

    He invited Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder to tour the facility on Friday.

  • No problems with photo IDs during early voting

    Tennessee’s new voter ID law hasn’t caused any problems during early voting in Roane County, according to Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “Nobody’s questioned it all,” he said. “That’s really what I expected.”

    The law, which was passed last year, requires people to show a photo ID to vote.

    “We haven’t had a person show up yet that didn’t have an ID,” Holiway said.

  • Margrave bridge going to cost Harriman

    Whether Margrave Street bridge is rebuilt or forgotten, it looks like it’s going to cost Harriman some money.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently gave an update on the wooden structure, which was closed and was later removed by Norfolk Southern. Officials have said the railroad wanted a higher bridge in order to traverse stacked cars on those tracks.

  • Work on Harriman's crown jewel

    Jim Ryan of Rocky Top Sign & Neon does some work on the marquee of Harriman’s Princess Theater.

    The marquee is the Princess’ most prominent feature, and some motorists along Roane Street have been lucky enough recently to see it all aglow after the sun sets.

  • Tavern death charges increased

    Eric Glenn Gallaher faces more trouble for allegedly killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub last summer.
    The Roane County grand jury on Tuesday upgraded the charge against Gallaher from reckless homicide to voluntary manslaughter.
    Voluntary manslaughter is a C felony, and is usually charged if a crime involves passion. According to court records, Gallaher punched Harvey after a minor fender-bender in the parking lot.

  • Municipal moves: Could Kingston City Hall end up at Ladd Landing?

    It might be a stretch to say there’s a frontrunner in the search for a new city hall site for Kingston.
    But now there’s, at the very least, a favorite.
    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets joined representatives of Covenant Health and the city council’s City Hall Review Committee in touring the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing as a possible future site for Kingston City Hall on Monday.
    The plaza currently houses a doctor’s office and a physical therapy center.

  • New hospital has magnetic effect

    The offices moving out of Kingston Medical Plaza are but one example of how the Roane Medical Center replacement has caused a drain of sorts.
    Physicians offices and other health-related businesses are leaving their current digs in other parts of the county and gravitating to Midtown.
    The Kingston Medical Plaza has a doctor’s office and a physical therapy practice moving toward Midtown; another physician has already moved on.

  • Candidate forum set on county offices

    Rockwood 2000, a non-partisan civic organization, will be hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Rockwood City Hall.
    This event is to educate the public about the candidates running for the positions of Roane County roads superintendent and Roane County property assessor.
    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the platform of each candidate.
    Those running for roads superintendent are:
    • James Beason
    • Dennis Ferguson
    • Brian Mullins

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Will we have to pay for warm weather of today?

    I was online late this week when I glanced at the weather. The predicted high in the forecast for Thursday was 72.
    I keep looking for winter’s vengeance to come back at us for skating through a barely existent cold weather season, but each 10-day forecast shows much of the same: highs in the 50s, with a little variation here or there.

  • Old Bible lost in roaring house fire

    A South of the River home caught fire Wednesday around 9 a.m.

    Mike White was cooking breakfast in his family’s log home at 115 Hickory Lane when grease popped on his hand, spilled from the skillet onto the lit stove eye and caught fire.  

    With stored grease and lard in his cabinets above the stove, fire quickly spread up the walls and into the attic.

    “I don’t even cook breakfast,” he said. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”