Local News

  • Happy birthday, CIVITAN!

    Rockwood Civitan put on quite a little celebration at their meeting Friday afternoon to recognize the 100th anniversary of the founding of Civitan.
    And it was not even a birthday for the club, which was founded on Nov. 15, 1921.

    “In four years we’ll do this again, but it will be for our club,” said Linda Coffey, Rockwood Civitan Club president.

    Club member David Poole, who is listed as being in the club 47 years, joined the club when invited by his boss at Burlington Industries.

  • Police say Harriman man set bed afire

    A Harriman man was recently detained for arson stemming from a Feb. 14 incident.

    Jeremy Allen Byington, 25, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Friday, March 17.

    A Feb. 15 Harriman Police incident report said Harriman police responded to 631 Siluria St. because of a fire near a residence. When they arrived the small fire outside the home was already extinguished by Harriman Fire Department.

    The fire material included clothes and shoes, and the window near the fire had been busted out.

  • Convicted rapist sentenced to 120 years

    A Harriman man has been sentenced to 120 years in prison after being convicted on four counts of rape of a child.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office announced that at a sentencing hearing this week in Kingston, Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced 40-year-old John Paul Little to serve 120 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections prison system.

    Little was convicted by a Roane County jury back in December 2016 following a two-day trial on four counts of rape of a child.

  • Setting SAIL: Appendicitis delays, but doesn’t dampen, excitement of Naval Academy acceptance

    March 1, 2017 will be a day that Roane County High School senior Naomi Parks will never forget.

    It was on that day she had an appendicitis attack that landed her in the hospital for emergency surgery. However, it was also during this time that she received a phone call that will change her life.

    “I was in the emergency room at Roane Medical Center having an appendicitis attack when Congressman (Chuck) Fleischmann called saying I had been accepted into the Naval Academy,” Parks recalls. “I was in pain, but I was really excited.

  • Carp control weeds

    Grass carp have been an effective solution in dealing with invasive weeds, according to a representative of a lake community in Virginia that has battled non-native plants for several years.

    Jeff Caldwell represents Friends of Claytor Lake, a nonprofit organization representing about 2,100 homeowners and others living and working around Claytor Lake in Virginia.

    Caldwell spoke at a meeting  — held in the offices of The Roane Alliance — of a stakeholders group that is being formed to address the weed issue on Watts Bar Lake.

  • Authorities identify fire victim

    A man found dead in a house fire south of Rockwood has been identified.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the man was Jonathan Pesterfield, 33, of the Kingston area.

    “We had dental records here from the jail,” said Stockton.

    “They made a positive identification from the X-rays.”

    Pesterfield had work done while incarcerated. Those X-rays were given to the Forensic Center in Knoxville, where he was identified.

  • Fire victim a male, but ID still a mystery

    The identification of an individual whose remains were found at a fire near Rockwood was unknown as of Friday evening.

    “We do know it is a male,” said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.
    Stockton said DNA was taken and they would be making comparisons to try to find out who the victim is.

    The victim’s body was discovered Thursday morning by emergency personnel on the scene of a house fire at 1137 Mountain View Road.

    Stockton said he did not believe there were signs of foul play on the victim as of Friday.

  • Harriman Wins State Championship

    March 18 is a good day for the Harriman Blue Devils.

    It was on that day in 1995 that the Blue Devils won their first TSSAA State Championship with a victory over Sweetwater. Twenty-two years later, and again on March 18, the Blue Devils won their second state title following a  74-73 victory over Clay County in a gripping TSSAA Class A State Championship matchup Saturday night.

  • A Wonderland of young talent to take the stage

    A maddeningly fun cast of characters are sure to entertain the young and young-at-heart in an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” featuring Roane County youth.

    Celebrity Youth Theatre is putting on the show with more than a dozen area youth getting into the whimsical play featuring the adventures of a young Alice after she falls into a rabbit hole while pursuing the iconic White Rabbit, the flustered and fancifully clad bunny running frantically late.

  • County Commission delays meeting for Government Day

    The Roane County Commission will meet in regular session today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    The Commission usually meets on the second Monday of the month, but this month’s meeting was moved back a week to give members the opportunity to attend County Government Day in Nashville.

    The two-day event, which was held on March 13-14, gives county officials from around the state a chance to meet with legislators.