Local News

  • 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.

  • Multi-vehicle accident in Midtown
  • GUEST OPINION: Be thankful for religious freedom at any holiday


    Inside the First Amendment

    The marketing frenzy surrounding “Thanksgivukkah” — a term coined by a Massachusetts woman for this year’s rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah — reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon:

    Leaning on the railing of a ship bound for the New World, one Pilgrim says to another: “My immediate goal is religious freedom, but my long term plan is to go into real estate.”

  • Houston trial reset for January

    Rocky Houston’s federal firearms trial has been postponed again. It was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted another continuance last week.

    Houston’s court-appointed attorney – Michael P. McGovern – filed a motion to withdraw from the case on Nov. 1.

    Shirley reset a hearing on McGovern’s motion for Dec. 9 and moved the trial to Jan. 28.

    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, which could net him up to 140 years in prison if convicted.

  • Roane hiring veteran service officer

    Veterans and their families will soon have a county official dedicated to helping them with their benefits and other concerns.

    Roane County is planning to hire a veterans service officer early next year which will be located on the third floor of the Roane County Courthouse.

  • Assessor to scrutinize greenbelts

    One of the things on Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan’s to-do list is an examination of the county’s greenbelt properties.

    “In the future we will do a thorough investigation because if there’s anybody out there that’s getting it that shouldn’t be, it’s not fair to the rest of the taxpayers,” Morgan said, “and we do have the right to go check things like that.”

  • Giving more than thanks: Event helps feeds 700-plus families

    Frozen turkeys made for warm meals Thursday, as boxes full of Thanksgiving dinners were handed out to those in need through Hands of Mercy and the Kingston Police Department.

    “Even though this is a Kingston Police Department event we help all of Roane County,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    This is the fifth year the KPD has teamed up with Hands of Mercy to be able to help as many families in Roane County as possible.

  • Sex offender on probation for misdemeanor assault

    James Tiegs was sentenced to six months probation on Nov. 22 for a misdemeanor assault conviction.

    “He’s good to go now,” Tiegs’ attorney Chris Cawood said.

    Tiegs was originally charged with aggravated sexual battery, but a Roane County jury only found him guilty of the misdemeanor offense during his trial in July.

    Tiegs, 51, is a registered sex offender who has convictions in Arizona for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children in the second degree.