Today's News

  • Trials to include ‘shocking, gruesome’ photos

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have new trial dates.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton set Matthew Dotson’s trial date for April 17 at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Concerns have been expressed that the parties could have a difficult time finding an impartial jury made up of Roane County residents. If that’s the case, the trial will be moved to Loudon County and start on April 20.


    Most people remember their first job as a stepping stone for later in life.

    For Harriman’s Brian Frost, his first job is his life. He and his wife, Rechelle, own Mr. Clean Car Wash in Harriman.

    “I started washing cars when I was 14 years old,” Frost said. “When I was 16, I went to work at Morgan County Ford, then I went to Southern Auto Sales, and then I went to Eddie’s [Body Shop]. Now I’m here.”

    Frost learned the trade working for others, but then the opportunity came to run his own business.

  • What’s the SCORE? Networking effective toward achieving goals

    By Dana Peterka

    In the last two columns, we discussed setting longterm goals and objectives for the new year.

    Networking can be an effective tool for achieving both your longterm and shortterm goals.

    What is networking?

    It is cultivating ongoing, informal relationships with an eye toward sharing information that can ultimately benefit you and your business.

    Yes, there are many people ready to provide advice, information, brainstorming help and professional guidance.

  • Midway Middle School boys advance into Area 4AA Tournament semi-finals

    The Midway Middle School basketball teams hosted quarterfinal games against Lenoir City for the Area 4AA Tournament Thursday, but there was good news and bad news for Green Wave fans.
    The good news - Coach Justin O'Toole's squad posted a come-from-behind 49-45 victory over the Panthers, while the Coach Daniel Wood's Lady Waves lost on a last second shot 40-39.

  • Oliver Springs Middle School beats Fort Loudoun, Rockwood in Area 4AA Tournament quarterfinals

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Oliver Springs Middle School basketball teams swept a pair of games in the Area 4AA Tournament Thursday night, as the Lady 'Cats dominated Fort Loudoun 45-17, and the Bobcats outlasted Rockwood 47-32.
    Oliver Springs 45, Fort Loudoun 17: The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats had their way with Fort Loudoun, never trailing in the contest to win handedly.
    “I am very proud of the girls tonight,” said coach Allison Payne. “They came out focused and played great defensively.”

  • Harriman Middle boys beat Fort Loudoun 53-23

    The Harriman Middle School basketball teams opened play in the Area 4AA basketball tournament Thursday night...the Blue Devils at home against Fort Loudoun and the Lady Devils on the road against Spring City.
    The Lady Devils lost 30-20 to third seed Spring City, while the top seed the Blue Devils defeated Fort Loudoun 53-23
    Spring City 38, Harriman 20: The Lady Devils took to the road to try to advance on the night and despite a valiant first half effort, the Lady Devils weren’t able to match Spring City’s production on the night.

  • Union County sweeps Oliver Springs

    One of the most popular movies at the box office so far in 2017 is “Patriot’s Day." Jan. 19 truly was “Patriots’ Day” as the Oliver Springs Lady ‘Cats fell to the Union County Lady Patriots by a 53-34 margin. The Bobcats met the same fate, falling 66-47 to the Union County Patriots.
    Union County 53, Oliver Springs 34: The Lady Patriots played “Patriot Games” with the Lady Bobcats on Thursday, scoring early and often in the win.

  • Randy Nesbit to be honored for 25 years on Jan. 28
  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Annual NAACP banquet uplifting

    Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the NAACP banquet as a guest of NAACP Roane County Chapter President Joe Eskridge.

    Joe promised a night of great food, fellowship and music. Those who know Joe will attest that he is rarely given to understatement, however, I have to say, he was not exaggerating.

    Following remarks by Master of Ceremonies Tearsa Smith of WATE, a prayer led by the Rev. Larry Woods and a welcome by Chapter Vice President John Hamilton, we listened carefully to the recital of the Negro National Anthem by Joyce Woods.