Today's News

  • Foland pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

    A Rockwood man charged in a 2013 fatal crash appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    Johnny Ray Foland faced charges of DUI first offense, DUI sixth offense, implied consent violation, driving while revoked, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, vehicular homicide by intoxication and aggravated vehicular homicide.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The remaining charges were dismissed.

  • Harriman looks into coming down on messy properties

    Harriman City Council is looking to get tough on property maintenance offenders.

    The Council is considering creating and hiring an administrative hearing officer position to address property maintenance issues.

    Creating the position would give the city an opportunity to penalize offenders more than a city judge, who is allowed to only deal with traffic citations and other cases.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Why run it? Because it’s news

    The front page of Monday’s Roane County News featured a story on Tyler Overstreet, candidate for state House in the 32nd District.

    Overstreet and an acquaintance have been accused of entering a home in Kingston without permission, threatening and possibly striking one of the people in the home.

    According to the police report, there were no injuries, although one person claims to have been injured.

  • Rockwood Lady Tigers beat CAK

    Kaley Legg scored two goals to lead the Rockwood Lady Tiger soccer team to a 2-1 victory over CAK in the Region 2A/AA semifinals Tuesday night, which earned RHS a berth in Thursday evening's championship game at Grace Christian and a first-ever berth in Saturday's section game against either Greeneville or University School.
    "That was 80 minutes of soccer. Finally....mind over body," said Rockwood Coach Don Maples. "It was a total team effort. "

  • Three county teams continue region play

    It seems every week in the regular season is more important than the week before, but that’s not really the case this week for Roane County teams.
    Only three games are on the schedule this week as Oliver Springs and Kingston have an open date. The other three games are all region contests, but for all intents and purposes, next week will be the week that decides the playoff fate for all county teams with a chance to make the postseason.

  • How time flies! Week 10 is upon us

    How time flies! It is now week 10 of the high school football season, with three of the five county teams in action tonight — Sunbright at Midway, Rockwood at Wartburg and Harriman at Greenback.
    Two of three games are Region 2-1A games and the other is a Region 2-2A game. All three will  have some bearing on the playoffs, which begins Nov. 4.
    Greenback leads Region 2-1A leads with a 4-0 record, followed by Oneida (4-1), Coalfield (3-1), Harriman (2-2), Jellico (1-3), Midway (1-4) and Sunbright (0-4).

  • Kingston soccer team ends season at district

    The Kingston Lady Jacket soccer team were elimination from the District 4A/AA last week.
    The Lady Jackets played Oneida in the first round of the district tournament and beat them 3-2 in overtime. MacKenzie Bunch scored two goals, and MacKenzie Haba scored the winning goal in the second 10 minute overtime.

  • Midway cross country team runs well in Cove Lake meet

    The Midway cross country teams participated in the Cove Lake Invitational at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville last week.
    The Lady Waves finished sixth with 138 points behind Knoxville Ambassadors (28), while the Green Wave took ninth with 259 points behind Knoxville Ambassadors (55).

  • GLIMPSES: More reflections on the Electoral College

    By Mark Banker

    Why have Americans, to date, not abandoned the flawed electoral college system?

    First, readers should realize that the system actually worked once — when George Washington received all of the electoral votes in 1788. But midway through Washington’s presidency, the emergence of political parties assured that the Founders’ cumbersome electoral apparatus would never again adhere to its original design.

  • She wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

    Marcella Griffis was nearly 50 when she found her true calling.

    The Harriman mother of four was driving a school bus for the Michael Dunn Center in Morgan County when she met a little girl and her sister who were being neglected at home.

    Griffis did what she could for Priscilla “Prissy” and Kathy, both of whom needed baths and clothes on a regular basis.

    And, she notified the Department of Human Services in Morgan County about the situation, but was told “there was nothing they could do.”