Today's News

  • Trio of school principals told

    Roane County Schools didn’t have to go outside the district to fill three principal openings.

    The new hires were already in the school system.

    Harriman Middle School assistant principal Shannon Cawood was hired as the new principal at Rockwood High School.

    Midway Elementary School assistant principal Jennifer Spakes has been hired as the new principal at Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    Midway Middle School assistant principal Angela Spurgeon was hired as the new principal at Ridge View Elementary School.

  • Kudos to Child Support Division


  • Oak Ridge man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man accused of committing sex crimes was arrested last week.

    Ronald Burch Mashburn, 64, is charged with one count of attempted child rape, eight counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child rape.

    The alleged crimes occurred between July 18, 2006, and July 17, 2011.  

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott said he’ll probably be representing Mashburn in the case.

    He said the allegations against Mashburn are highly disputed.

  • Nail gun used to inflict injury

    Harriman police reported finding a man had barricaded himself in a downtown business and shot himself multiple times with a nail gun.

    The man, whose name was not released by press time, was taken into protective custody Thursday afternoon.

    Police reported they were asked to do a welfare check at Mobile Works at 114 N. Roane St. at 2:45 p.m. A store employee was seen slumped over his desk and unresponsive.

    Officers forced entry into the business and the subject allegedly grabbed a pneumatic nail gun and placed it to his head.


    Kingston will make quite the splash starting next Friday when it kicks off its Smokin’ the Water four-day extravaganza.

    Long a regional center for July Fourth activities, Kingston promises more of the same this year, with boat races by the American Power Boat Association, live entertainment, the July Fourth parade, a sand volleyball tournament, a car show, and a handmade raft contest, all of which culminates with fireworks after sunset July 4.

  • DA releases dashcam of Harriman officer-involved shooting

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has released the dashcam video from a March 8 shooting that involved two Harriman police officers.

    The video was released Thursday afternoon, a day after Nathan Manis was indicted for his involvement in the incident that escalated from a domestic situation.

    Sarah Moore and Steve Hart were the officers involved. Moore is back on duty; officials said Thursday Hart has since retired.

    See Monday's issue of the Roane County News for more details.

  • Suspect in murder for hire plot indicted

    The saga continues for a mother accused in a murder-for-hire plot.

    Laura Ann Buckingham waived her preliminary hearing in April and had her case bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    The grand jury met on Tuesday, and indicted Buckingham for solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    She’s scheduled to be arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on June 27, but Public Defender Kim Nelson said Thursday that her office is filing a waiver of arraignment. That means Buckingham will not have to appear in court.

  • Harriman man who fired on police charged

    A former Morgan County Correctional Complex officer accused of shooting at Harriman police has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

    Harriman police officers Sarah Moore and Steve Hart responded March 8 to a disturbance call at the 507 N. Roane St. apartment that Nathan Manis, 26, of Harriman, shared with his wife, Lauren.

  • Obed proposes campground fee hike

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is proposing to increase the nightly rate at Rock Creek Campground on Oct. 1.

    Rock Creek Campground is 6 miles from Wartburg, next to the Emory River. Renovated last year, it has 11 non-hookup sites.

    Each site has a picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring with grill, lantern hook and paved parking. A vault toilet is also centrally located in the campground. The rate per night for camping is $7, and there has been no increase in price since 1995.


    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. See more about this year’s winners in the annual Reader’s Choice Awards section in today’s issue.

    It is all about service for Rodney Harback.

    His Roane Street Grill restaurant at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman, offers mouth-watering home-cooking, serving throngs of patrons every day of the week, while his other business, Eddie’s Body Shop, repairs cars as if they were never damaged.