Local News

  • Plenty of pot plants found growing on Front Avenue

    Rockwood police confiscated several marijuana plants earlier this month.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett told Deputy Chief John Mayes he could see marijuana growing from the road on Harvey Street.

    Mayes investigated.

    “Your affiant (Mayes) pulled into the driveway located on Harvey Street and spoke with the neighbor, who stated the residence belongs to Critter and Kristin,” the report said.

    The report lists 525 N. Front Ave., as the property where the marijuana was allegedly growing.

  • Relationship sours between couple injured in 2015 shooting, standoff

    One of the two people injured in a quarrel between estranged spouses has accused the other victim of physical abuse in court documents he filed last month.

    Bruce Randall Dick and Jenny Gambrell agreed to a temporary restraining order filed Aug. 23.

    The restraining order is good for one year after filing and requires neither party to be within 50 feet of the other and only communicating by text concerning legal issues.

  • Ferguson Fishing Rodeo makes its first-ever fall debut this weekend

    The Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo is usually synonymous with summer.

    This year, it will be associated with another season.

    The first day of fall is Friday, and the fishing rodeo is Saturday at Roane County Park.

    “This year we moved the date,” Ferguson said. “It’s always been in the summer, but this year it was so hot, so we moved it not so much for the kids but mostly for the older people because we were afraid for them.”

  • Folks look to light up Riverfront Park

    Some park goers don’t like how dark it gets at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “We’ve got like six [lights] out right by the police memorial,” Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson said. “I mean, it’s dark right in through there. We need to get those fixed.

    “And down by the bridge where the walking trail goes around, apparently there may be some out down there because it’s real dark and the women who walk with their kids are real leery of going out through there.”

  • Failing to pay filing fee could kill suit against DA

    Failure to pay the federal court’s filing fee could scuttle a convicted woman’s lawsuit against the attorneys who prosecuted her.

    Lisa Horn-Brichetto and her husband, John Brichetto, were found guilty of felony theft over $60,000 by a Morgan County jury on July 8, 2015.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, the Brichettos were principals of Northington Energy LLC, which announced plans in 2006 to build a biodiesel manufacturing facility in Morgan County. The company never produced any biodiesel.

  • Harriman hopes for grant for sidewalks, more

    Harriman is holding a public hearing for a Transportation Alternative Program grant prior to their regular Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday.

    The public hearing is at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    “It can be used for sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian lighting, crosswalks, crosswalks indicators, etc.,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Woman wants grocer charged with assault

    Misty Dawn Presswood doesn’t deny shoplifting at the Rockwood IGA last month, but she insists store owner Roger Sharp should have been charged with assault for the way he responded.

    “He struck me in my face,” she said.

    Sharp denies the accusation.

    “I grabbed her around the shoulders and neck, but I didn’t punch her or choke her,” he said.

  • Grandpa fights off suspected burglar

    A Sweetwater man is facing charges for allegedly trying to steal a scooter on Friday.

    The victim was able to detain the suspect until law enforcement arrived.

    According to the report, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy responded to 239 Main Hollow Road to investigate the incident.

  • OSHS becoming STEAM Academy

    The Oliver Springs community took a giant leap into the future last week by raising more than $120,000 for a planned STEAM Academy at the high school.

    The Academy, focusing on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, is the idea of the Oliver Springs Alumni Education Foundation.

    “We plan not just a STEAM academy, but a great STEAM Academy,” said Dr. Steve Smith, an Oliver Springs dentist and Foundation director who has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.