Today's News

  • Rockwood BPW meets in monthly dinner session

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

    Meetings are in Victorian Square, Rockwood.

    The next meeting will be on Nov. 15. Meal cost is $10; reservations must be made by 10 a.m. the Monday of the week preceding the meeting date.

    Call Geraldine Wallick at 354-0934 or email hiegelma@comcast.com for reservations or information about the organization, which recently celebrated its 95th anniversary.

  • Roane Choral Society rehearses every Monday

    Roane Choral Society rehearses at 7 p.m. every Monday in Room O-128 of the O’Brien Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

    Call 354-0679 or visit www.roanechoralsociety.org for more information.

  • Cherokee stings Royals for AAA crown

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets capped off an amazing season Saturday evening with a 28-8 victory over Eagleton in the TMSAA East Tennessee Class AAA Championship Game played at Campbell County High School.
    “It feels amazing,” Cherokee head coach Brent Kelley said after the game. “These kids deserve every bit of it. I'm excited for them and our assistant coaches, they've worked so hard for this. They've been out here every day since June and it's almost November. None of them ever complained.”

  • OSMS finishes second in TMSAA Class AA

    The Oneida Indians proved too much for the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats to handle Saturday afternoon. The Indians used a powerful running game to down the Bobcats in the TMSAA East Tennessee Class AA Championship Game, 30-14.
    “I’m super proud of our effort today,” Oliver Springs head coach Buster Brown said following the game. “Our kids prepared hard and our coaching staff prepared hard.

  • Preacher accused of raping two girls

    A clergyman at a South of the River church is accused of abusing two underage girls.

    J. Hugh McDowell, 62, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 17 on two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of child rape.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, McDowell is the assistant pastor at Spoken Words Ministry Church. The investigation into his alleged sex crimes began this past summer.

  • Attorney’s attempt to rescind annexation heads to trial in ’17

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton denied the city of Harriman’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to void decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    Attorney Gerald Largen’s lawsuit to void the annexation, which began in 1959, is set for trial on Jan. 30, 2017.

    “We intend to prove at the trial the annexation ordinance from 1960 was a valid annexation,” said attorney Michael Kelley, who represents the city.

  • TBI looking into Oakdale shooting

    By Joe King

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has opened a case after an Oakdale man was found dead from gunshot wounds late Friday night.

    Ellis Hamby Jr., 44, was found dead in a Leslie Drive home he shared with his girlfriend, Tonya Baughman, 46.

    The TBI release states that autopsy results are still pending, but preliminary information indicates Hamby died from gunshot wounds.

  • spirited choices

    More wine and liquor sales could be coming to Roane County after the coming election.

    The Tennessee General Assembly passed a law that went into effect July 1, permitting wine sales in supermarkets.

    However, each county and city must lay the groundwork for the sales by passing their own referendums.

    Kingston and Harriman passed the necessary referendums, and Food City stores in both cities and Kroger in Harriman’s Midtown area began selling wine July 1.

    Rockwood and Oliver Springs had not entered the fray.