Today's News

  • Big early-voting turnout

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election started Wednesday, and Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was pleased with the turnout.

    “It went very well,” he said Thursday. “It’s probably the largest first day voting we’ve had.”

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the county’s total for Wednesday was 1,434. That figure includes absentee and early votes.

  • Buckingham travel OK’d

    Laura Ann Buckingham, the woman charged in a murder-for-hire plot, has been granted permission to leave the state of Tennessee.

    She reportedly has a custody hearing set for Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the state of Indiana.

    Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks signed an order on Oct. 14 that allows Buckingham to leave Tennessee on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. to travel to Indiana for her custody hearing. The order said she must return to Tennessee no later than midnight on Oct. 26.

  • Hometown ‘American Idol’ given a big welcome
  • Things looking up for Roane students’ ACT average scores

    Not where it needs to be but trending in the right direction. That’s what Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said she sees when looking at the system’s ACT scores.

    After a downward trend, the system’s average ACT composite has risen the last two years.

    “We’re not where we want to be by any means, but what you’ll see is it’s on the rise,” Watkins said. “That’s pleasing to me.”

  • Harriman police looking for bridal shop robber

    Harriman police are seeking help finding a man who robbed McKinney’s Bridal at 410 Ruritan Road on Saturday.

    According to police, the suspect robbed the store around 2 p.m. Oct. 15. The man had covered his face with a dark colored hood and glasses.

    The suspect entered the store while an employee was in the back. He was behind the register when she approached him, according to reports.

    He had his hands in his pockets, intentionally suggesting he had a gun or weapon.

  • 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.

  • Cherokee Yellow Jackets sting Huntsville Bears to secure championship berth against Eagleton

    Other than the rain, all else was perfect for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets on Thursday night as they defeated the Huntsville Bears 38-0 to earn a berth in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA State Championship game.
    “First and foremost I want to thank my kids, my coaches, and all our fans for our support throughout the year. I wouldn’t be here without my assistant coaches and the support the parents have provided us,” said Cherokee head coach Brent Kelley.