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Today's News

  • More rock flinging onto I-40

    Police are still searching for the culprits throwing rocks off overpasses onto passing vehicles on Interstate 40 after more incidents happened over the weekend.

    “We had two more incidents Saturday night (Aug. 18) about five minutes apart. Obviously they don’t understand the significance of what they are doing. Fortunately there wasn’t anybody hurt. If they keep doing it somebody may end up getting hurt,” said Lt. Don Boshears of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Vandals trashing up lookout atop Mount Roosevelt

    One of the most beautiful spots in Roane County is in need of some care and attention.

    The lookout at the top of Mount Roosevelt near Rockwood has been suffering from vandalism and neglect, according to county officials speaking at the Green Team Meeting last week.

    Deputy Road Superintendent Tony Brown told those at the meeting that the site, which is under the responsibility of several agencies, is becoming overgrown and unkempt.

  • TVA called upon for broadband solution

    A lot of utilities were mentioned during a discussion about Roane County’s rural broadband problems at this month’s Cable TV Committee meeting.

    One that wasn’t mentioned was TVA.

    In addition to providing electricity in parts of seven states, the agency also helps with economic development, job creation and flood control. One thing TVA doesn’t do, however, is sell high speed internet.

    “TVA is not an internet provider,” Public Information Officer Jim Hopson said.

  • Teen jumps from Harriman bridge

    Suicide is a sensitive topic, and the Roane County News typically does not cover such tragic events out of respect for the family. The public nature of this incident makes this story an exception.

    By Cindy Simpson

    A teen was killed after jumping off the Harold Wester Bridge leading onto West Hills Drive early Monday.

    Harriman police received the call around 9:45 a.m. about 18-year-old Juan Barrios and found him below the bridge, which crosses above a deep ravine with double railroad tracks.

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  • Obed launches citizen science program

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Obed Wild and Scenic River is launching a volunteer-based citizen science pilot program.

    A public meeting about the program will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wart-burg.

    The park recently received a National Park Foundation grant that will offer a new opportunity for individuals and groups within the park’s watershed to work closely with National Park Service staff to learn about water quality trends during runoff events.

  • Volunteer fire depts. eligible for grants

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting grant applications for the 2018-19 Volunteer Fire Assistance program.

    Applications will be accepted through Sept. 14.

    Volunteer fire departments serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible for this 50-percent reimbursement grant.

    Grants will be awarded for qualifying purchases up to $6,000.

    Last year, 115 volunteer fire departments received $264,368 in grant funding.

  • TVA seeking public comment on Kingston Fossil Plant coal residuals

    TVA is asking for public comment on a proposed Environmental Investigation Plan for coal combustion residuals at its Kingston Fossil Plant.

    TVA is developing the plan and seeking public comment following direction from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regarding coal ash and other coal combustion residuals stored at TVA’s coal plants in Tennessee.

    The Kingston Fossil Plant EIP provides details on how TVA plans to investigate and assess the risks to soil, surface water and groundwater from coal combustion residuals stored at Kingston.

  • Madisonville woman dies in wreck

    A woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on state Hwy. 322 on Thursday.

    The wreck happened around 7:30 p.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Donna D. Isbill was driving a Chrysler Town & Country minivan. She was turning onto state Hwy. 322 from a private drive when her vehicle was struck by 18-year-old James M. Henry, who was traveling north on the highway in a 2007 Ford F250 pickup truck.

    “Both vehicles came to an uncontrolled stop off the roadway,” the report said.

  • Jury finds Hall guilty of six cocaine-selling charges

    A Roane County jury convicted a man on drug charges last week.

    Antwon C. Hall, 28, was on trial for six counts of sell of schedule II drugs: cocaine. He was found guilty on all six counts.

    Assistant District Attorney Generals Kristin Kelley and Jonathan Edwards tried the case for the District Attorney General’s Office.

    “It was an interesting trial,” Senior Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.