Today's News

  • Harriman Christmas Classic
  • Nearly 100 sex offenders call Roane home

    Know where your loved ones are at all times.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that’s his advice for people who have a sex offender living in their neighborhood.  

    “Particularly if you have children,” Stockton said. “Always know where they are.”

    A search of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry shows 91 sex offenders living in Roane County.

    That’s more than Loudon (79), but less than Cumberland (114).

  • Jobless rate up, Roane reclaims state’s 4th lowest

    Roane County was among 85 of Tennessee’s 95 counties that experienced a surge in its unemployment rate for
    November, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Though the county’s 7.6-percent November rate was marginally higher than October’s 7.3 percent, Roane County reclaimed its No. 4 spot among counties with the lowest-ranking unemployment figures across the state.

  • 'NCIS' storyline puts Watson in spotlight

    It’s been a big year for Roane County’s resident thespian.

    Muse Watson, the actor who calls the area home and whose passion for the arts helped save Harriman’s Princess Theater, spent the majority of 2010 working steadily in California.

    “We have a home out there, and so we’re out there 90 percent of the time,” he said during a recent pre-holiday respite in his Harriman home. “We used to spend a third of the year here in Roane County.”

  • Santa hears Christmas wishes at Harriman Sears

    Four-year-old Amber Bailey demurely approaches Santa Claus during a stop by Sears in Harriman.

    St. Nick took time to visit with the younger sect and hear some last-minute list additions a few days before Christmas.

  • Coats for the Cold keep on giving in Roane

    More than 150 people were helped during the 16th annual Coats for the Cold.

    The charity, spearheaded by Dennis Ferguson, starts with coat collections by the public. The outerwear is then cleaned and made available to the public.

    “We gave coats out to people in the community that needed them," said Ferguson, who began the humanitarian effort during his longtime stint in the Tennessee General Assembly. “We didn’t want anybody to go cold.”

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Sept. 27-30:

    From Tennessee Housing Development Agency to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Housing and Urban Development by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Squairs Addition, Lots PT19 and PT20, $0.

    From Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Housing and Urban Development to Jeff Tilley by deed, Dist. 5, Highland Forest Addition, Lot 8, $36,000.

  • Midway Middle construction under way

    Midway Middle School recently broke ground to complete a 94-foot competition-ready gymnasium with a lobby and concessions.


    Other work includes adding a kitchen to the cafeteria, allowing school food workers to prepare meals onsite.


    At present, food is prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.


    The new construction and additions are funded through reparation money TVA is paying the county for the 2008 fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Former Harriman pastor to be honored

    The Rev. Ralph Nance will be honored in Morgan County this weekend for his 40 years in the ministry.

    A reception in his honor is planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 2 in Meadowview Baptist Church.

    The reception is open to the public.

    Nance pastored Grace Baptist Church in Harriman for a number of years.

    He announced his call to the ministry on Jan. 3, 1971, in Shady Grove Baptist Church.

    In his 40 years, Nance has pastored churches in Roane, Morgan and Fentress counties.

  • Rockwood woman hurt in fire dies on Christmas Eve

    A 60-year-old Rockwood woman who was injured in a house fire a few weeks ago died on Christmas Eve.

    Firefighters rescued Inez Newman from a home on Trinity Avenue in Rockwood on Dec. 12.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said on Thursday he was uncertain about the cause of her death.

    He said in initial fire reports that Newman suffered burns and heavy smoke inhalation during the fire.