Local News

  • Pokémon enthusiasts roam Roane to catch ’em all

    It’s not uncommon to see people walking and visiting at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park, but a popular game has made it a hot spot like never before.

    The park has multiple spots in it where Pokémon Go trainers — youngsters, young adult and young-at-heart video gamers — gather to fight their characters at gyms, collect items for the game at the several Pokéstops on site or search out new Pokémon.

  • Woman in Walmart mooning pleads

    The woman who mooned a Walmart loss prevention employee in the spring reached a plea deal with prosecutors in her criminal case.

    Tiffany Laura Edwards was charged with indecent exposure and criminal trespass in the incident. She appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    Edwards pleaded guilty to criminal trespass. The indecent exposure charge was dismissed. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and banned from Walmart.

  • Rockwood man facing child porn charges

    A Rockwood man was federally indicted for possession and receipt of child pornography this month.

    Harriman police said J.B. Akers, 73, was arrested without incident, with assistance by the Roane County Sheriff Office after his indictment.

    “The grand jury specifically charges that the defendant possessed images of child pornography that involved a prepubescent minor and a minor who had not attained 12 years of age subsequent to Dec. 7, 2012,” the indictment said.

  • Medic mobile blood drive today in Harriman

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a Medic mobile blood drive today, Aug. 26.

    The blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. at Harriman Food City at 1130 S. Roane St.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification.

    Medic supplies blood and blood products to a number of area hospitals, including Roane Medical Center.

  • Woman killed in Poplar Creek Road crash

    A Wednesday afternoon automobile crash claimed the life of a Powell woman and sent the juvenile driver to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash and identified the deceased as 20-year-old Holland Durbrow.

    A number of agencies, including the Roane County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney General Russell Johnson and his investigators, responded to the crash site on Poplar Creek Road.


    Michael Dunn Center’s newly remodeled LaCroix House was recently reopened, and last Friday the facility welcomed its newest occupant.

    Michael Wyrick moved in from Greene Valley Center in Greeneville. His move is part of a state plan to close all state-run institutions, moving everyone into community-based housing.

    “You will be pleased with the care he gets and the love he gets,” Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry told Michael’s family during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked his arrival.

  • Accused child rapist cops plea

    A Roane County man agreed to accept a prison sentence instead of going to trial on sex crime charges.

    Robert Lynn Smith was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in 2012 on three counts of aggravated sexual battery on a child under 13.

    The grand jury returned a superseding indictment in 2015 that charged him with four counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery on a child under 13.

    Smith reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court last week to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

  • Dr. Foote’s DUI case heads to grand jury

    Another court date came and went without a resolution in Dr. Clary Foote’s DUI case.

    The case was on the Roane County General Sessions Court docket Monday.

    Court officials said Foote waived his case to the Roane County grand jury. The next meeting of the grand jury is Oct. 17.

    The grand jury could choose to indict Foote or determine there’s not enough evidence for the case to move forward.

    The DUI charge stems from Foote’s April 17 encounter with State Trooper Robert Woody.

  • OS man arrested in prostitution sting

    A Knox County Sheriff’s Office prostitution sting nabbed an Oliver Springs man.

    Michael Shane Grace was arrested around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at a Motel 6 in Knoxville.

    “After viewing an advertisement on backpage.com listed under escorts, the defendant contacted an undercover employee of the sheriff’s office and made an appointment,” the offense report said.

    “The defendant came to 258 Harry Lane Blvd., room No. 228 and exchanged $85 for one half-hour of full-service sex.”