Local News

  • Abuse claimed in jail lawsuit

    A former corrections officer alleges in a lawsuit that inmates were subjected to deplorable conditions and treatment at the Roane County Jail. 
    Samantha Morgan was fired on Feb. 22, 2012. She claims it was for not participating and keeping quiet about the alleged rough treatment of inmates.

  • Judge expects reasonableness in Tyler Farmer’s drug dealing case

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen ruled the state has to be “reasonable” when it comes to providing defense counsel with information about confidential informants.
    Accused drug dealer Tyler Farmer wanted prosecutors to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant in his criminal case. A hearing was held on the matter earlier this month. 

  • Hope for the homeless takes shape in Roane

    A group of organizers have taken the first tentative steps to start a program to provide a refuge for families facing homelessness in Roane County.
    The 20-plus group that gathered at Rockwood First Christian Church Disciples of Christ voted to call their organization Family Promise of Roane County.
    “Congratulations. We’re there. We have a name,” said volunteer Tom Cioffi, who is with the Family Promise National and facilitated this and the first meeting earlier this year.

  • Tour of city buildings set for June 22

    Staff reports
    The tour of Harriman city owned properties is now set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
    City officials hope to hear from interested parties about available properties downtown including 14 city owned properties.
    Those 14 buildings include the former Roane Medical Center and office buildings and residential homes along Devonia Street.

  • Purloined tenderloin case ends with plea

    A woman accused of stealing $206.89 worth of filet mignon by hiding it in her pantyhose pleaded guilty to shoplifting in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Annie Smith, 60, was sentenced to probation for a year and fined $100. Smith must also pay $206.89 in restitution and is banned from the Rockwood IGA.
    Randy Harris, Smith’s co-defendant in the case, was also scheduled to appear on Monday, but court officials said he was a no-show.
    The theft occurred at IGA on March 9 and was captured by the store’s security camera.

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  • It’s prom season!

    That time of year some students dream of and others dread is almost upon us. What’s the breakdown on Roane County’s five high schools and their proms?
    Here’s the skinny:

    • Roane County High School’s “Save the Last Dance,” prom is April 20 from 7-11 p.m. at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm, Knoxville.

    • Rockwood High School’s “Under the Sea,” prom is April 27 from 6-10 p.m. at Rothchilds in Knoxville.

  • Oliver Springs house fire


    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 5214 Harriman Hwy. Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported. A caller told dispatchers that flames could be seen coming from the home. According to Tennessee real estate records, the owner of the property is Samuel Price.

  • DUI prosecution set back

    A decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could have major ramifications in drunk-driving cases across Tennessee.

    “We’re looking at it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    “We’re talking to the people in Nashville that run the DUI programs about what the response is going to be, but clearly, no more forced blood draws.”

    The case — Missouri v. McNeely — involved a man who was stopped by a police officer for speeding and crossing the road’s centerline.