Local News

  • Murder mystery in Rockwood?

    The body of Janice Pugh Tollett of Rockwood was found outside her mother’s home at 404 Tedder St. Sunday.

    “They found her lying back there behind the house,” said Ralph Hedrick, her cousin. “Nobody knows how she got back there. You can tell there had been a lot of movement. There was mud on the cars. She was lying in a mud hole.”

    Hedrick said an autopsy is being done on Tollett, whose home was across the street from where she was found.

  • DAG backs off smurf turf war

    Even though city ordinances banning the sale of pseudoephedrine without a prescription have been deemed illegal, one proponent believes the amount of attention drawn to the issue could be beneficial.

    “I am hopeful that the number of localities that have passed such ordinances will have brought enough attention to the legislature to ensure that they take some sort of affirmative action on the issue,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Students can now register at RSCC

    Registration is under way for the spring 2014 semester at Roane State Community College.

    Students need to be aware when they register that the college has a Jan. 6 fee deadline.

    Students who have registered must pay their fees by Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. to keep their class schedules for spring semester.

    Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu. They need to log in to RaiderNet and click “Your Account” to get started.

    Students can pay by phone using major credit or debit cards. The number is 882-4515.

  • COURTS: Trial delayed for accused robbers

    Accused robbers Mark Andrew Randolph and Rufena Jean Bunch had their Dec. 17 federal trial rescheduled for April 1.

    The two Roane County residents allegedly went on a robbery spree in September.

    Bunch’s attorney, Bruce Poston, filed a motion to continue on Nov. 24. U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted his request during a hearing last week.

    Randolph’s attorney, Jonathan Moffatt, did not object to the delay.

  • Santa's Helpers


    The Harriman Fire Department is making getting messages to Santa a little easier again. From left, Kevin Shepard, Josh Duncan, Brandon Alcorn, Chief Brad Goss and Jeff Cunningham pose behind the Santa Letter mailbox outside the firehall. Families can drive right up to the mailbox to drop in their letters.



    Dyllis Springs
    • New elementary school for 600 students

    Bowers Elementary
    • Two-story addition
    with 15 classrooms
    • Library
    • Teachers workroom
    • Complete renovation of
    administrative offices
    • Modify existing building for handicap access, including
    restroom renovations,
    an elevator and entry ramps


  • RISING FROM THE ASHES: TVA disaster boon for Roane schools

    Roane County Schools was able to complete several multi-million dollar building projects with the $32 million it received because of the TVA ash spill.

    Without a doubt, that’s had a positive impact on local education, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “We feel really good about the effects it has had,” he said. “Any time you can provide better facilities, your students are much more likely to be enthusiastic and want to come to school and do a better job.”

  • County’s top firefighters for ’13 applauded

    Firefighters of the year for Roane County’s five volunteer fire departments were recognized at the Dec. 9 County Commission meeting. They include, from left, South Roane County’s Keith Hephner Sr., Blair’s Penny Laymance, West Roane County’s Kip Fuller, Midtown’s Tyler Morris and East Roane County’s Rick Young. 

  • Ex-Rockwood official’s day in court postponed

    Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce’s status hearing on charges accusing him of theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of a credit card case was moved to next term, July 21, 2014.

    “Other pretrial motions are in the process of being filed that haven’t made it yet,” said Assistat District Attorney Bill Reedy. “We are probably going to have to set up a date to hear those motions.”

    Pierce was indicted in February on multiple counts, including theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards.

  • Harriman attorney ponders cold-pill opinion from state

    The Tennessee Attorney General opined last week that current state statute supersedes current and future laws controlling ephedrine or pseudoephedrine and that local legislation was in violation of state law.

    The opinion came down shortly after Harriman officials approved an ordinance requiring prescriptions for the allergy and sinus relief medications, both of which are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.