Today's News

  • Stafford ending House candidacy

    Corey Stafford, a Democratic candidate for the 32nd District Tennessee Representative seat, has suspended his campaign for the Nov. 8 election.

    “I appreciate the support given to me through this journey and ask all of my supporters to cast their vote for Tyler Overstreet, whom I’ve developed a great respect for over the process of my campaign and have determined to be the most qualified candidate running,” Stafford said in a statement released Tuesday.

  • Sex crime case pending against jailed clown

    A man police found in a clown costume last month has a sex crime case pending in Roane County Criminal Report.

    Jonathan Edward Hanson, 28, was indicted on Oct. 21, 2013, on one count of aggravated sexual battery on a child under 13.

    The case is set for trial on Nov. 2.

    The clown incident, which is unrelated to his sex crime case, occurred on Sept. 22. A person called 911 and said three subjects, one of whom was dressed as a clown, were chasing cars in the Emory Heights/Happy Hollow Road area.

  • Republican headquarters open in Kingston

    The headquarters of the Roane County Republican Party is now open for business near the corner of Race and Kentucky streets in Kingston.

    The office offers hats, signs and other GOP campaign paraphernalia.

  • Kingston blanks Harriman; finishes season at Rockwood

    By Ed Greif
    The Kingston Lady Jackets (6-7, 4-2) shut out Harriman 14-0 last Thursday and closed out the regular season Tuesday evening against Rockwood at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.
    “I am incredibly proud of the girls. Each of the seniors scored at least one goal, which was really well-deserved and emotional for the whole team as they look to the end of their regular season play,” said Kingston Coach Ellen Dailey, after her team defeated Harriman.

  • Crass, Marler record hat tricks in win over Harriman

    By Jace Greene
    The Oliver Springs Bobcats had their senior night on Monday as they hosted the Lady Blue Devils of Harriman in a county soccer match.
    The Bobcats picked up some quick first half goals and cruised to a 8-1 victory.
    "Senior night is special and the seniors wanted to go out and make their last home game memorable and the underclassmen wanted to go out and do the same for them," said head coach Josh Pryor of Oliver Springs.

  • HMS volleyball team takes third in end of season tourney

    By Jace Greene
    The Harriman Middle School Lady Devil Volleyball team completed their season recently as they placed third at their end of season tournament at Elk Valley.
    The Lady Devils, who are coached by Ashley Kemp, have just completed their second season of volleyball for Harriman Middle under Kemp.
    "This is only the second season for the HMS volley ball team, I think third place is pretty great," said a proud Kemp.



    MICHELLE HOLLENHEAD/Roane Newspapers
    Haflinger horses Nicky and Johnny were a surprising sight Friday in Rockwood, and are pictured here on Pumphouse Road. Driven by Curtis Scarbrough, right, and owned by Frankie Smith, left, the horses pulled a wagon through town, making a loop from Caney Creek Road, and back again. Scarbrough said he and Smith “ride every chance they get.” In addition to local excursions, the pair take the horses and wagons to various regional events and festivals.

  • Utility sued for law office damages

    A Rockwood attorney and his sister are suing Rockwood Electric Utility, city officials and others for $84,300 claiming structural damage to his building occurred because of the construction of the utility’s new office space.  

    James S. Smith Jr. owns the building at 305 W. Rockwood St. and jointly owns the adjacent parking lot with Susanne Fischer.

  • Raises pitched for county workers

    Roane County employees will each receive a $1,000 pay raise if the County Commission approves a resolution recommended by its Budget Committee.

    The raise would go into effect on Jan. 1, which is the middle of the county’s fiscal year.

  • Kerley on track to stay as Harriman CFO

    Charles Kerley knows the ins and outs of Harriman’s finances after years of taking the knowledge and expertise he used at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to manage the city’s money.

    That expertise is why Harriman City Council appeared to be leaning on retaining Kerley as the city’s chief finance officer, a position created by a charter change in 2014 to replace the elected position of treasurer.

    Kerley has served as treasurer for more than a decade.