Local News

  • Generosity for Shriners’ effort to be commended

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals  across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The cost to operate these 22 hospitals is $1.7 million per day.

  • Help us shine spotlight on the best teachers

    Teachers have taken a lot of hits over the past year.
    We think it is time to get back to giving the best of them the credit they deserve.
    Starting in August, the Roane County News, in partnership with Jerry Duncan Ford, is starting a new educator of the month feature.
    We need your help, though.
    We are looking for people to tell us — in 150 words or less — why a particular Roane County teacher stands out among their peers.
    Include the teacher’s name, educational institution and, if you have it, contact information.

  • Mullins paid campaign, but not taxes

    Republican road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has given his campaign $7,000 since February, according to financial disclosure records.
    At the same time, thousands of dollars he owes Roane County in taxes have continued to go unpaid.
    Mullins didn’t return phone calls on Friday, but he was forthcoming about his unpaid taxes when interviewed earlier this month.  
    “It’s all the truth,” he said. “There’s no denying it. I do owe some taxes, and I’ve got a plan working to get it done.”

  • Shooting leaves 1 hurt, 1 charged

    Harriman police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a woman accused of shooting a 28-year-old man in the chest last week.

    Chris Watters was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar late Tuesday afternoon.

    Less than 24 hours later, he was out of the hospital and sharing his story with Harriman Police Detective Jason Joseph.

    “Another quarter inch I would have bled out in less than 30 seconds,” Watters said before going to speak with investigators Wednesday.

  • HARRIMAN CITY COUNCIL RACE: Recreation, revitalization key issues

    Signs and campaign stumping might be rare in a city election involving one council seat that is only a partial term.

    It’s the case, however, in Harriman, where four candidates have covered the city in signs and canvassed neighborhoods asking for votes.

  • Student break-in case continuing

    The criminal case pending against Courtney Marie Thomas in Monroe County General Sessions Court was continued last week.

    Thomas, 18, is charged with aggravated burglary.

    She allegedly broke into the Sweetwater home of former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with Thomas, who attended Harriman.

  • VA clinic committed to Roane

    Officials said talk about the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood leaving town is unfounded.

    “By no means is that a correct statement,” said Chris Alexander, a public affairs officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    “The clinic is there, and we’re committed to keeping it open and working with the contractors who have that same commitment that we do,” he added.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts is under that same impression.

  • Marker to honor memory of Wayne 'Cotton' Morgan

    A memorial marker will be placed outside the Morgan County Correctional Complex in honor of Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

    The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the complex, 541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive, Wartburg.

    Morgan was a 28-year-employee of the Tennessee Department of Correction when he was shot and killed outside the Roane County Courthouse by Jennifer Hyatte during a brazen escape on Aug. 9, 2005.

    Morgan and partner Larry “Porky” Harris were escorting her hus-

  • Party affiliations at issue in race

    A voter doesn’t have to be a member of the Republican party to vote in its primary on Aug. 2.
    State Rep. Jim Cobb contends Ron Travis is banking on that to beat him in House District 31.
    District 31 includes three precincts in Roane County — Glen Alice, Eureka and Rockwood Ward 1. The district also includes Bledsoe, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
    “His plan is to try to get as many Democrats as possible voting in the Republican Primary and swing the outcome that way,” Cobb said.

  • Early voting to close Saturday

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election ends Saturday.
    People can vote early at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, Harriman Community Center, Rockwood Community Center and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge.
    The locations will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
    On Thursday before 2 p.m., 4,344 people had voted during the early period in Roane County, according to figures from the Election Commission.