Today's News

  • Weed woes may hurt tax base

    One of the biggest issues related to the eradication of invasive weeds on the rivers and lakes of Roane County is the question of who should pay for it.

    Over the several years that the weeds have become a problem, private property owners have been contracting with companies that specialize in treating weeds. These efforts, which come at a cost of several hundred to almost a thousand dollars per acre, have had limited success.

  • Pickup falls on Rockwood resident

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was injured Saturday when the pickup truck he was working on fell on him.

    Timothy Kindrick, 57, was working underneath the truck when it fell at the 145 Garfield St. residence in Rockwood.

    Detail call sheets from Roane County E-911 indicate that Kindrick was moved from underneath the truck before emergency responders arrived and was blue, gasping for air.

    He had been on his side underneath the vehicle, described as a large four-door, full-sized four-wheel-drive Ford pickup truck.

  • Trials to include ‘shocking, gruesome’ photos

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have new trial dates.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton set Matthew Dotson’s trial date for April 17 at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Concerns have been expressed that the parties could have a difficult time finding an impartial jury made up of Roane County residents. If that’s the case, the trial will be moved to Loudon County and start on April 20.

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Annual NAACP banquet uplifting

    Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the NAACP banquet as a guest of NAACP Roane County Chapter President Joe Eskridge.

    Joe promised a night of great food, fellowship and music. Those who know Joe will attest that he is rarely given to understatement, however, I have to say, he was not exaggerating.

    Following remarks by Master of Ceremonies Tearsa Smith of WATE, a prayer led by the Rev. Larry Woods and a welcome by Chapter Vice President John Hamilton, we listened carefully to the recital of the Negro National Anthem by Joyce Woods.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Emolument clause & electoral college elucidated

    Gentle reader, over the past few days we have heard Trump spokespersons and apologists say that our new president, being inaugurated today, Mr. Trump, received a mandate, and that he was elected by the people.

  • Rockwood made Tellico Plains unbearable

    What a difference three days made for the Rockwood basketball teams Tuesday, as they hosted Tellico Plains and avenged last Friday's doubleheader loss with two  victories in the Dr. Tom Evans gymnasium.
    Coach Paul Kamikawa's Tigers routed the Bears 59-28 to pick up their first District 3A victory, while Coach Amy Breazeale's Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Bears 39-28.
    Rockwood 59, Tellico Plains 28: Matt Thompson recorded a double-double (19 points and 16 rebounds) to lead the Tigers.

  • Harriman Middle boys claim regular season district crown

    The Harriman Middle School basketball teams hosted Oliver Springs Middle School on eighth-grade night Tuesday, with the Lady 'Cats picking up a 42-30 victory and the Blue Devils beating the 'Cats 39-38 to claim the regular season district championship.
    Oliver Springs 42, Harriman 30: Oliver Springs controlled the game for most of the evening, but that didn't stop the Lady Devils from making a late push in the fourth quarter; however, the Lady 'Cats stayed strong to pick up the victory.

  • Harriman notches 19th straight victory

    By Zach Selby
    The Harriman basketball teams split a Region 2A doubleheader with Wartburg Tuesday evening, as the Blue Devils tamed the Bulldogs 86-50 for their 19th straight victory, while the Lady Devils were defeated 40-28.
    Harriman 86, Wartburg 50: The Harriman Blue Devils have been on a roll since Nov. 22, 2016, and that continued Tuesday against the Wartburg Bulldogs — one of the team’s best competitors on the schedule. They also handled the Bulldogs with relative ease.