Local News

  • Toho Chamber’s Business of the Year

    Business leaders, elected officials and special guests packed the dining room of Whitestone Country Inn Friday night for the 70th annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce and The Roane Alliance awards banquet.

    Title sponsors of the event included Roane State Foundation and Toho Tenax America Inc.

    Gold sponsors included Coldwell Banker, Jim Henry and Associates, Centrus Energy, CNS Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, Regions, UCOR and UT Battelle/ORNL.

  • RCHS band plans special community movie event

    The Princess Theatre in Harriman will be busy Saturday.

    Three movies will be shown to benefit the Roane County High School band.

    “I’m excited about this,” band director Zack Williamson said. “Our parents came up with this as a way to raise funds. They went through Roane State and were able to get the movies.

    Movies to be shown are “Minions” at 12:30 p.m., “War Room” at 4 p.m., and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 7:30 p.m.

  • Crowe appointment still questioned

    For the second time in as many months, Cecil Crowe was chosen as mayor of Oliver Springs and the election is being questioned.

    By a roll call vote, Crowe was elected mayor by the Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday, filling a vacancy left when former Mayor Jerry Vann abruptly resigned in February.

    Crowe was first elected by paper ballot March 17, but as the ballots were unsigned, questions were raised about the process’ legality and possible violation of the state’s Sunshine Law.

  • Sheriff asks for more deputies, raises for staff

    Following his March 9 examination of the Roane County Jail, Tennessee Corrections Institute inspector William R. Kane recommended the county contact Jim Hart to conduct a staffing analysis to determine the number of employees needed to operate the jail.   

    The county has already done that. In 2008, when the jail was still under construction, Hart, a jail consultant with the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service, did an analysis and concluded an additional 23 employees needed to be hired to operate the jail.

  • Jail hopes program can help prisoners change

    Many may see prison as an ending, but Lt. Maretta McNichol of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to make sure it better serves as a beginning.

    McNichol, who has been with the RCSO for eight years, is director of the Roane County Detention Center’s studies programs. Almost two dozen classes offer incarcerated women and men opportunities to better themselves and their situations.

  • Prisoners work toward new life

    Although incarcerated, Elizabeth “Beth” Cureton is building a new life.

    Currently an inmate at the Roane County Detention Center, Cureton credits the RCDC Course Studies programs with a new outlook and hope for her future.

    “It is just a different way of thinking,” she said of classes she has taken during her six months in jail.

    “I have been going through my feelings, and am learning how to deal with my emotions and my happiness,” she said.

  • Buddy’s robber enters guilty plea

    The man who robbed the Buddy’s Bar-B-Q in December pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court on April 15.
    Andrew R. Stockton was charged with robbery and theft of property from $1,000-$10,000 in the Dec. 2 incident. He pleaded guilty to robbery and received a three-year sentence and $50 fine.   


    In the Friday, April 22, edition of the Roane County News, in the story Coalfield murder victim former Harriman man, the name of the victim was misidentified. The victim was Jerry Lynn “Pete” McCarroll.

  • McClure to serve six year sentence

    Jeremiah E. McClure had his community corrections probation revoked and now must serve the balance of a six year sentence in prison.

    McClure, 33, faced multiple theft and burglary counts for a 2014 crime spree. He was put on community corrections for six years last November after reaching a deal with prosecutors, who said they decided to give him a break because he went to rehab. Then criminal court judge E. Eugene Eblen, who retired on Dec. 31, warned McClure that more trouble could land him in the penitentiary.   

  • Drug Take Back set

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office with cooperation from the Walgreen’s in Harriman will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Initiative April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
    Unwanted prescription drugs will be collected from the public at the Walgreen’s, located at 1797 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman.  
    No liquids will be accepted at the event.