Local News

  • Work searches required for unemployment

    Beginning Sept. 1, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will implement the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012.

    The act requires all unemployment claimants in Tennessee to demonstrate valid work search activity and maintain a work search log.

    Failure to comply with the new law will result in a loss of benefits.

    Notices are being mailed to all claimants receiving Tennessee Unemployment Compensation informing them of the new requirements to continue receiving benefits.

  • Reward offered in shooting death in East Roane County

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help to solve a Roane County homicide case.
    Family members discovered Russel C. Blevins shot to death in his home on Hart Orchard Road on Aug. 12.
    He was a World War II veteran.
    Blevins, 85, was shot multiple times, according to the TBI.
    His family is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: The same air that hammers can also stroke

    Late August hangs heavy.
    It can burden us with some of the hottest, most humid days of summer, then throw us a clear, cool spell to remind us relief is ahead.
    I was thinking these thoughts as I walked my dogs on the ridgetop as night set about tucking itself in.
    The honeysuckle-scented air was all the sweeter because I knew it would not be around much longer.

  • Death photos posted online

    Crime scene death photos of Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown have reportedly been posted on Facebook.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the matter.
    Jones and Brown were killed in a shootout with brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on May 11, 2006.
    “Evidently the photos are also posted on a sign located on the Houston property in Roane County,” Johnson’s office said in a news release.

  • Miracle man seeks missing dog

    Donny Andrews witnessed his first miracle nine years ago when he was spared from death after contracting an often-fatal form of hepatitis.
    Now he and his wife, Sharon, are looking for another miracle as they search for their beloved black-and-white Chihuahua, Toby, that helped get Donny overcome his grave illness.
    Toby went missing early Monday after Donny let him out of their house in the Swan Pond community for his morning break.
    Sharon wanted him to walk Toby on a leash, but Donny decided to give him some space.


    One of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve ever invested in is a digital thermometer.
    Within seconds, it tells me the temperature of the food I’m cooking and whether it’s done.
    Temperature is one of the most important safety steps in food preparation to avoid food poisoning. To help us stay safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a free booklet especially for us: Food Safety for Older Adults.

  • Ferguson paving building burns

    Fire crews responded to a blaze at the old Midtown Paving building on Poland Hollow Road Wednesday.

    “We received a call about 8:20 last night that the paving plant was on fire,” Midtown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Scarborough said. “Upon arrival it was completely involved.”

    Scarborough said his department received assistance from West Roane County, the Office of Emergency Services, the Rescue Squad and EMS.

    “Evidently a passerby or someone saw it and called it in to 911,” the chief said.   

  • New officials take office

    As she prepares to exit office today (Friday), longtime Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she has nothing but good wishes for Roane County.   

    “I’ve enjoyed serving the public, and I wish Roane County the best,” she said.

    Kirkham lost to David Morgan by 662 votes in the Aug. 2 election, upending her bid for another term. Morgan’s term starts on Saturday.   

    “I wish him well,” Kirkham said.

  • Harriman house fire investigated

    The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office will be in Harriman to investigate a suspicious fire at 706 Silura St.
    It happened Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the house was unoccupied with no utilities to the home.
    “It had been abandoned for a little while. They (neighbors) had seen people go in and out of it,” Goss said. “Without power, that is very suspicious. That is arson. When there is no power, no electricity, that is arson.”

  • Deputy who arrests firefighter quits

    A Roane County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned after an altercation in which he charged a Rockwood firefighter with resisting arrest.
    Derek Kennedy resigned Monday night, according to Sheriff Jack Stockton.
    Kennedy’s weekend arrest of Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell was under review by top brass at the sheriff’s office.