Today's News

  • Will we restrict stove fuel, too?

    Coleman fuel isn’t just popular among campers; tt’s also a favorite among meth-makers.
    “It’s a base,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Mayes explained.
    Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant in cold and allergy medicines, is the main precursor used in meth production, according to law enforcement officials. However, other legal products are used to make meth.
    Police reports often list Coleman fuel, coffee filters, Drano, plastic bottles, lithium batteries, tubing and aluminum foil.

  • Ellis rejoins county commission budget committee

    Randy Ellis has rejoined the Roane County Budget Committee.

    The District 2 commissioner served on the committee in 2010-11 before upsetting County Executive Ron Woody over some postings on Facebook.  

    Woody is the chairman of the budget committee. He didn’t seek to reappoint Ellis to the committee at the September 2011 commission meeting.

  • Hunters take aim at logging

    Hunters are taking aim at state officials over extensive logging on Mount Roosevelt and Catoosa wildlife management areas.
    Barry Brown of Rockwood said what’s happening is sportsmen in the area are running out of public land to hunt on.
    “There’s no place to go hunting unless you know somebody or have a lease,” he said, disgustedly looking over a recently logged section of land on Airport Road near Interstate 40.

  • Prostitution sting targets Roane spa

    A Roane County spa was searched Friday as part of an ongoing investigation into organized prostitution and human trafficking.
    Kristin Helm with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a Rockwood spa on Old Patton Lane was one of the locations targeted.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the Roane County Sheriff Office helped execute the search warrant at Interstate Spa.
    “No one was arrested that night,” Stockton said.
    District Attorney Russell Johnson said no one has been charged.

  • Jacobs Engineering gets attorney

    Nashville attorney Kenneth S. Schrupp is representing Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. against a lawsuit filed last month.

    Jacobs is the project manager/construction manager for the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “They are still providing management and technical services for the recovery project,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott filed the lawsuit on behalf of cleanup workers and their spouses.

  • Can Facebook revive closed bar?

    Roma Christopher has turned to social media to help fight her battle against county officials.
    She started a Facebook page for people who want to see the Grill & Pub reopened.
    Support has been minimal initially.
    The page — Bar Rescue Harriman — had just 12 likes as of last week.
    Meanwhile, a page started several months ago by bar opponent Vickie Davis — Help Me Stop the Grill and Pub in Harriman from Reopening — had 845 likes.

  • Marriage licenses: Dec. 31, 2012-Feb. 15, 2013

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse:
    Dec. 31 — Danny Lee Cox, 52, to Scarlett Sabrina Davis Gary, 50.

    Jan. 2 — Michael Wesley Cox, 27, to Maranda Nicole Mann Cox, 31.

    Jan. 3 — Douglas Michael Guynn, 22, to Latishie Mae Brown, 19.

    Jan. 7 — Charles Lee Jenkins, 45, to Nora Dean Turner Sexton, 54.

    Jan. 14 — David Brian Graves, 41, to Mary Lou Perkins Hester, 50.

  • The Garden Gate: Rio Grande great for grapefruit

    Fall is a busy time in the garden, where leaf raking will soon become a recurring task.

    The scent of burning leaves, once a fall trademark, is now forbidden to city dwellers. It can still sometimes be a country experience.

    Cool nights and warm days have provided us with burgeoning bright colors in the trees, and soon the hollies and evergreens will remind us that the joyous holiday season is not so far in the future.

  • Property Transfers: Dec. 3-5, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Dec. 3-5:
    • From Juergen Poepsel to Chad M. Bishop by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Lake Forrest Estates, Lots 32 and 33, $125,000.

    • From Jerrold D. Farinash Trustee, Chester Earl Evans Jr. and Wanda Sue Evans to James T. Powers and Tabitha Powers by warranty deed, Dist. 4, Blue Springs Road, $4,000.

  • Births: May 26-July 17, 2013

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    May 26 — Desirae Pelzel and Jacob Massengale, Oliver Springs. A boy, Leeland James, 7 pounds, 6 ounces. Sibling: Jayden. Grandparents: Betty Massengale; Mark Massengale; Linda Jones; John Jones; Chris Pelzel; Louise Patterson; Kelly Willson; Robert Willson.

    May 29 — Mindy Davidson, Harriman. A boy, Elijah Michael, 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Grandparents: Freda Davidson; Eugene Chaney.