Local News

  • Ben*Jam sweeps music awards on state, national level

    Rockwood-based Southern Gospel band  Ben*Jam received three major awards at the recent 2012 North American Country Music Association International.

    The band picked up honors for most promising band, most promising songwriter and Horizon album at the March event in Pigeon Forge.

    Ben*Jam also did well at the Tennessee Country and Gospel Music Association, with wins for best album, best video, Horizon vocalist, two-time best songwriter and most promising band.

  • Humane Society goes green to help pets
  • Easter parading baskets to Head Start
  • Friends don’t let friends drive drunk
  • Less than 2 weeks left to file taxes

    With the tax filing deadline two weeks away, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that quick and easy solutions are available if they can’t file their returns or pay their taxes on time, and they can even request relief online.
    The IRS expects more than 600,000 Tennesseans to file tax returns in the next two weeks and about 170,000 to request filing extensions.
    "Don’t panic, but be sure to act by the April 17 deadline" said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

  • Glitterville’s Brown to judge on TLC series

    Rockwood native and artist Stephen Brown will be a judge on the new TLC series “Craft Wars.”
    The show, which focuses on craft enthusiasts, is hosted and executive produced by actress Tori Spelling.
    TLC’s website announced the show as well as Brown’s Glitterville website, www.glitterville.com.
    It debuts June 26.
    Brown’s company Glitterville sells whimsical products for festivities from birthdays to Christmas.
    The company also has a Halloween craft book for presale at vendors including Amazon.

  • Support urged at VA hospital meeting

    The kickoff meeting for the effort to get a Veterans Administration hospital in the Roane Medical Center building in downtown Harriman is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Harriman American Legion 53 on Morgan Avenue.
    Tommy True, who has been instrumental in organizing the event, said it’s key that a large crowd shows up so that government officials take their endeavors seriously.
    “If people want this to happen, they really need to show up at this meeting and show a concern that they’d like to see it completed,” True said.

  • Robbery suspect arrested again on hearing day

    From staff reports
    The day of her scheduled hearing on one robbery charge, Tawny Michelle Inman was arrested on another one.
    Authorities charged her with attempted aggravated robbery last October for allegedly trying to hold up the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road.
    She had a hearing scheduled in that case on Monday, when, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, she was arrested at the courthouse for aggravated robbery.
    That charge is for allegedly holding up the Rocky Top in Midtown last September.

  • Family upset over Barnett verdict

    Milford Barnett was released from jail the same day a jury found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his mother Pearl Barnett. That doesn’t seem right to family members of the victim.

    “I don’t think it was justice for her,” daughter Vickie Nevels said.

    According to court records, Milford admitted to striking his mother in the head with a pipe. The victim’s niece also expressed disappointment about his newfound freedom.

    “It doesn’t quite seem fair to me,” Judy Baker said.

  • Houstons again a no-show

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars started court a few minutes late on Tuesday.

    “I just wanted to make sure we gave ample opportunity for the defendants to arrive,” she said.
    Those defendants — brothers Rocky and Leon Houston — were a no-show for the hearing in Cumberland County Justice Center in Crossville.

    The Houstons are being sued by Pat Brown over the death of her son, Mike Brown.