Local News

  • Action at Plateau Park

    By Joe King

    Roane County News

    It may not be the ushering in of an industrial facility, but a Thursday morning groundbreaking at the tri-county Plateau Partnership site in Cumberland County could lay the ground work for some major impact in Roane County.

    On Thursday morning, leaders of the partnership and county officials gathered to break ground for a 1-megawatt solar array for the site.

  • Capture ends Rockwood man’s habitual flight

    A Wednesday manhunt resulted in the capture of David Paul Wicks.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said it started that morning when an off-duty Rockwood police officer noticed Wicks in a vehicle near the Rhea County line.

    “He was able to notify some other folks, so they saturated the area and realized that Mr. Wicks had driven down Rucker Road, may have gotten the vehicle stuck, jumped out and fled,” Phillips said.

    “After that, they set up a command post and a perimeter.”

  • Roane Housing Summit set for Aug. 16

    A Roane County Housing Summit will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at Roane State Community College.

    Its purpose is to discuss potential economic development opportunities and the resulting housing needs. Contact 376-5578 or melanie.townsend@roanecountytn.org to RSVP or for details. 

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Nixon and Mitchell are gone, but not their works

    Gentle reader, as most of you know, the old curmudgeon is an octogenarian. He has been observing the national political scene for full sixty of those years. He remembers listening to the 1944 presidential nominating conventions of both parties on the radio, when he would have been not quite nine years old, and has followed these events ever since, so he has quite a background as observer, and candidly must say that unlike many things, such as wine or cheese, they have not improved with age.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Ben did his duty and died a hero

    Not every military hero dies in combat.

    Most of them complete their training, serve their tour of duty and return home to a country that might or might not welcome them back or even recognize the importance of their service.

    Some of them return to civilian lives carrying the wounds war has inflicted upon their bodies and their souls. Sometimes they return to great achievements but most often to relative anonymity. No one calls them heroes and most of us will never really understand what they did for our country.

  • Smoot sentenced to life with no parole

    More on this developing story in Friday's issue of the Roane County News.

  • UPDATE — Smoot found guilty of first-degree murder; sentencing phase resumes Thursday morning

    Shawn Smoot was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon for the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent the group of seven women and five men back to the jury room to start deliberating at 12:30 p.m. Their guilty verdict was read in court a little after 4 p.m.

    Tina Gregg, the victim's mother, hugged Assistant District Attorney Generals Bob Edwards and Tiffany Smith following the verdict. Edwards and Smith handled the case for the state and gave poignant closing arguments on Wednesday.

  • Jury deciding Smoot's fate

    Shawn Smoot's fate is now in the hands of a Roane County jury.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent the group of seven women and five men back to the jury room to start deliberating at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011. She was shot three times, with the final shot coming execution-style to the back of her head.


    Candlelight vigils often happen in communities after a tragic event occurs.

    That wasn’t the case Monday at Roane State Community College.

    Community leaders, church leaders and law enforcement personnel gathered to promote unity in Roane County.

    “This is an awesome, awesome gathering tonight,” event organizer Ron Berry said.