Local News

  • Harriman cracking down on messiness

    Harriman officials have been cracking down on unkempt properties around the city.

    Mayor Wayne Best said voters asked him for help with cleaning up properties during his campaign last year.

    He’s been taking the requests seriously, driving around and looking at properties that have been identified as in need of clean up.

    “It is already looking better. We just need to get the word out that we have took it long enough, and we aren’t taking it any more. We’re taking you to court,” said Best.

  • Spending Sunday atop Mount Roosevelt
  • Fire displaces Rockwood family
  • Rockwood High principal’s domestic abuse case dismissed

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson agreed to voluntary dismiss a domestic assault charge against Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood on Monday.

    However, Johnson let it be known that a grand jury indictment on the charge is still possible over the next year if Cawood gets into any more trouble.

    “We meet again in the Roane County grand jury in June, again in October and then again in February,” Johnson told General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens.

  • Case against deputies, EMS heads to trial

    Attorneys representing Dustin Barnwell’s estate are preparing for trial following Friday’s decision from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    “The judge will tell us when,” Chattanooga attorney John Wolfe said. “It might be seven or eight months down the road.”

  • Pro wrestling Hall-of-Famers please fans in Rockwood

    On Friday, March 31 the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tag team of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando.

    However, professional wrestling’s biggest event, the former world tag-team champions spent Saturday night in Rockwood wrestling in front of a packed house in a smaller venue as part of Mid-South Wrestling Alliance’s Mid-South Mania event at National Guard Armory.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: A Leadership project to remember

    I’ve learned a lot about Roane County history, government and social services in the past seven months during which I have been enrolled in the Leadership Roane County Class of 2017.

    Each month we’ve focused on a different subject and invested an entire day getting to meet county leaders and others involved in all the various departments, agencies and facilities that add value to Roane County.

    This week our class heads to Nashville to tour the state House before meeting with the governor and other state elected officials.

  • Domestic assault charge against Rockwood High principal dismissed

    The domestic assault charge against Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood was dismissed Monday afternoon in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    The alleged victim is his wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood. She appeared with him in court.

    “I do not wish to pursue the case against him,” she wrote in a letter that was entered into the court record. “I do not fear Shannon. He has taken it upon himself to seek counseling with a private licensed marriage and family therapist.”