Today's News


    For years, Roane State Community College associate professor Ted Stryk has peered into powerful telescopes to explore the mysteries of outer space.

    It’s his hobby and his passion.

    On Jan. 19, the associate professor of philosophy and English was honored for his role in a NASA investigation of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons.

  • Rockwood water hike gets first approval

    Rockwood’s water rates are one step closer to increasing.

    The City Council voted unanimously on first reading last week to approve a 2.5 percent increase, a change that had been approved by the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas department last July.

    The rate increase will apply to customers both inside and outside the city.

    Sewer rates will not be increasing.

  • Harriman eyes golf course director

    Harriman’s Parks and Recreation Department continues to evolve under the latest proposal that may create a new assistant director position.

    “I am proposing bringing the golf course under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department and hiring an assistant director to fill some of the voids,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman said it will make a big difference.

  • A state for ELEMENTS

    Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Friday to honor the team that discovered the superheavy element tennessine.

    “We love that the newest element and the second named for a state is named after Tennessee,” Haslam said.

    The honor is evidence of the scientific excellence resident in the state, Haslam said.

  • Appeals court vacates prison sentence for gun conviction

    A Rockwood man’s time in prison for his federal firearms conviction is over.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders appeared before U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. for a resentencing hearing on Jan. 13. Sanders, who had been in custody since his Aug. 8, 2013, arrest, was sentenced to time served.

    Sanders pleaded guilty to two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in 2014. His criminal history prompted the courts to deem him an armed career criminal, which drew a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.  



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    Harriman Utility Board prepares to install new gas lines in front of Harriman High School. The lines are part of a project that will replace approximately 11,300 feet of new line in the city. The project is expected to be completed in May.

  • Grant to go toward old courthouse repairs

    The Marilyn Frank Opportunity Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation recently awarded a $4,200 Challenge Grant to the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    This grant will be used to partially fund needed repairs to the exterior of the historic Roane County Courthouse.



  • Sex-crime deal puts OS man on probation for next eight years

    A 33-year-old Oliver Springs man will spend the next eight years of his life on state probation for a sex crime.

    Andre Deshawn Boyd was scheduled to stand trial on Friday in Roane County Criminal Court for aggravated sexual battery.

    Instead of putting his fate in the hands of a jury, Boyd reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of attempted aggravated sexual battery.

  • Rockwood woman’s term commuted

    Prayers were answered for the family of a woman serving time in federal prison.

    Kristi Miller was sentenced to 20 years for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy. She wasn’t scheduled to be released until Nov. 19, 2027. Her sentence will end earlier now.

    On Jan. 19, his last full day in office, President Barack Obama granted Miller’s request for clemency.

    “She’s ecstatic,” Miller’s father, Rockie Elswick said.