Today's News

  • Harriman earns berth in Class A state title game

    The Harriman Blue Devils used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Columbia Academy Bulldogs, 72-68, to earn a berth in the TSSAA Class A championship game against Clay County, winners of Grace Christian in the other semifinal, at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.

    Trailing 61-54 with five minutes remaining, the Blue Devils turned up the intensity on defense and responded with a 10-0 run that featured 10 combined points from seniors Joe Pace and John Johnson.

  • County softball teams to open season

    Roane County softball teams will be opening the season over the next couple of weeks, highlighted by coaching changes at Harriman and Midway.
    • The Harriman Lady Devil softball team opens the 2017 on March 23 against District 4A and Region 2A foe Oakdale at Flour Mill Flats under new coaches Chastity and Nathaniel Lowery.
    The Lowerys coach the Harriman Middle School Lady Devils. The duo are in their first season as the high school coaches, replacing Jessica Jones who stepped down after the 2016 season.
    There are 13 players on the team.


    When the University of South Carolina baseball team takes to the diamond at Lindsey Nelson Stadium Saturday to take on the Tennessee Volunteers, a lot of fans wearing orange and white in attendance might be cheering for the enemy as Gamecock pitcher Wil Crowe will be making a homecoming of sorts.
    Crowe grew up in Kingston, playing middle school baseball at Cherokee. He moved to Pigeon Forge as an eighth-grader and played for the Tigers in high school before choosing to play collegiately for one of the nation’s best programs in Columbia.

  • Harriman stuns three-time champs

    The Harriman Blue Devils are two wins away from their first state championship since 1995, as they defeated 3-time Class A champion Mitchell 59-54 in the last quarterfinal game of the state tournament Thursday night at Murphy Center on the MTSU campus.

  • Vandalism ‘rampage’ reported in Rockwood

    Four juveniles have been identified after “going on a rampage” in Rockwood Saturday night.

    Rockwood police said the vandals used spray paint to cause more than $3,000 worth of damage to city-owned and private property.

    Two of the juveniles are from Rockwood, and two live in Knoxville, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett on Wednesday.

    One of the Knoxville juveniles previously lived in Rockwood, too, he added.

  • Body found at fire scene

    Roane County emergency personnel had found one body in a fire south of Rockwood and were still sifting through the ashes of the double wide modular home at 1137 Mountain View Road late Thursday morning.

    “We have the TBI, Bomb and Arson and our detectives on scene,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “We are treating it as a crime scene until the evidence proves differently.”

    The body, which Stockton said was still unidentified as of late Thursday morning, was found inside the modular home near stairs on the outside of the home.

  • Woody wants state to invest in Plateau Park

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is pushing for the state to become an investor in Plateau Partnership Park.

    “If that park is going to amount to anything for the region, it’s going to have to have some substantial investment by the state,” Woody said.

    This September will mark 10 years since officials from Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties held a ceremonial groundbreaking to revel in their investment in the park.

    Each county borrowed $2.5 million for the project, but that wasn’t nearly enough to make it viable.

  • More indictments against man sheriff calls ‘menace’

    Three more indictments were returned against Larry Matthew Adkisson last month.

    One charges him with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000. The grand jury also returned an indictment charging Adkisson with aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000 or less and vandalism $1,000 or less. Another indictment charges him with theft under $500 and forgery from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Adkisson, 52, was arraigned on the indictments on Feb. 27 in Roane County Criminal Court. Judge Jeff Wicks appointed attorney Jedidiah McKeehan to represent him.

  • Ex-Council hopeful pleads to charges

    Tyler Manning, a former candidate for Harriman City Council, pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court last Friday to aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

    He was indicted on the charges last October.

    Manning was placed on supervised probation for three years.

    He was also ordered to pay $143.29 in restitution to victim Steve McKinney and make a $150 contribution to the fraud and economic crime fund.

    Manning declined to comment on the case, but said he’s gotten his life on the right track.