Today's News

  • Records show Morgan had his own issues with speeding

    During this year’s campaign for Roane County property assessor, David Morgan made an issue about a speeding ticket incumbent Teresa Kirkham received in 2009.  

    Morgan, who would go on to defeat Kirkham in the Aug. 2 election, has had his own speeding issues in the past.

    According to Roane County General Sessions Court records, Morgan has been charged with speeding 10 times, with the most recent ticket coming in 2007.

    In some of the cases the charge got dismissed, records show. In others, the ticket was paid.

  • History of 'amazing secret' preserved

    Perhaps no one more than Bill Wilcox appreciates Oak Ridge’s legacy in the Manhattan Project.

    After all, the first job out of college for the Pennsylvania native was to work as a scientist on the A-bomb that helped bring an end to World War II.

  • No decision on Smoot bond

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson’s argument for a bond to be set for accused killer Shawn Smoot was pretty simple.

    “In Tennessee you have a right to have a bond set,” he said.

    How much and what conditions will Smoot have to abide by if he gets out had yet to be determined at the conclusion of a bond hearing on Friday.

  • Furry friends run the show at ONE-STOP PET SHOP

    An enthusiastic and furry welcome greets visitors at One- Stop Pet Shop in Rockwood.
    The store at 108 N. Gateway Ave., which had its grand opening on Saturday, has been open several weeks and has a variety of animals, including those they let run the place.

    On one particular visit, store mascot Maggie, a sweet-natured pup, is joined at the door by a peppy little brown-and-white mixed dog that was rescued. Also bounding nearby is a small kitten that doesn’t seem quite sure how to take Maggie’s bouncing cohort.

  • Ayers asst. director at tech center

    Chris Ayers has joined the staff of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman as assistant director.

    He assumed his new position on July 1.

    “I am excited to be coming to Roane County to help become a liaison between technical education and business and industry for this area,” Ayers said.

    Ayers comes to the Harriman center from Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro. He has more than 13 years of technical education experience.

  • Hepler, Stout new to board

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed seven new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.

    Chris Hepler of Oliver Springs and Scott Stout of Rockwood are among the new members filling vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens’ panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE on its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

  • Tigers battle Bulldogs in final fall scrimmage



  • Goins to play for Tennessee Tech

    Big things often come in small packages.

    That’s the case for Harriman’s Haylee Goins as the Blue Devils senior CF recently signed scholarship papers with Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.

  • Rabies scare rattles Roane resident

    Carol Golliher is accustomed to seeing wild animals in her rural Roane County neighborhood.
    But when a suspicious-looking skunk waddled into her front yard last Thursday morning, she was concerned it might be carrying the deadly rabies virus.
    “It would walk a little ways, and then it would fall over,” Golliher said.
    Golliher’s home health nurse was the first one to encounter the struggling skunk.
    “She said, ‘Do you know you’ve got a skunk in your front yard?’

  • Road or creek bed? Court asked

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency legal counsel Sheryl Holtam said Wednesday she had yet to see the complaint Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland filed against the agency in chancery court.
    “It’s kind of hard to comment since I haven’t seen the complaint,” she said.
    The complaint accuses the TWRA of blocking a county road. Holtam said the road in question is more of a trail than anything else.
    “It looks like a creek bed,” she said.