Local News

  • Clarification offered in DUI evidence gathering

    The 9th Judicial District’s new DUI prosecutor is giving police departments guidance on taking warrantless blood draws from impaired driving suspects.

    It’s a matter of timing.

  • New Hope Road accident


    A white Ford F-150 lay upside down in an embankment off New Hope Road near Caney Creek Wednesday morning. The male driver refused treatment at the scene.

  • Harriman Christmas Parade rescheduled again — to Dec. 16

    Due to sports programs already scheduled, the Harriman Christmas parade has again been rescheduled — this time to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

    The parade, originally scheduled for tonight, was postponed to Tuesday, Dec. 10, because of the forecast of heavy rain this evening.

    The print version of the Roane County News has the incorrect rescheduled date. The second change was made after the Friday paper went to press.

  • Making math fun
  • Practice makes perfect

    Renaissance Terrace environmental service supervisor Erin Green got help from Harriman Fire Chief Brad Gross during the annual fire extinguisher hands-on training day at the facility. Renaissance Terrace works with Harriman Fire Department so that its staff will have experience with the safety equipment if a fire was to occur.

  • Let the Christmas parades begin

    Youngsters wave and throw candy from the Liberty Baptist Church of Kingston’s float in Kingston’s Christmas parade Monday evening. View more photos below in the multimedia section.

  • Kingston ready for ‘big one’

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade at Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    “The big one,” he calls it.

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.

  • Rockwood wants voters to live there

    A proposal to allow Rockwood property owners who live outside the city limits to have a say come Election Day will not be going to the state assembly.

    Rockwood City Council approved a number of charter change resolutions to send to state Sen. Ken Yager and state Reps. Kent Calfee and Ron Travis this month to address a number of alterations to the city’s municipal code.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who proposed the legislation to allow nonresidents who own city property to vote in Rockwood, was supported only by Councilman Mike Freeman.

  • Two killed in separate Rockwood accidents


    A Rockwood man died after his weapon discharged while he was cleaning it Friday.

    William Henley York II, 42, accidentally shot himself in the head. A family member attempted CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

    In addition to being a Rockwood Masonic Lodge 403 member, he was employed at Oak Ridge K-25 as a radiation safety supervisor.

    His obituary can be found on page 6.


    A Smithville woman died in a Nov. 24 accident in Rockwood.

  • RSCC concerts at Princess Theatre

    Get in the festive spirit by joining the Roane State Community College Music Department for its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and donations will be accepted at the door.

    The concert will feature Roane State’s Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Celebration Singers, faculty and guest musicians, including the Bowers Elementary School Chorus.

    Everyone is also invited to come a bit early for a 3 p.m. recital by Roane State music students.