Today's News

  • OS man arrested in prostitution sting

    A Knox County Sheriff’s Office prostitution sting nabbed an Oliver Springs man.

    Michael Shane Grace was arrested around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at a Motel 6 in Knoxville.

    “After viewing an advertisement on backpage.com listed under escorts, the defendant contacted an undercover employee of the sheriff’s office and made an appointment,” the offense report said.

    “The defendant came to 258 Harry Lane Blvd., room No. 228 and exchanged $85 for one half-hour of full-service sex.”

  • Medical emergency causes Harriman wreck

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man suffering from a medical emergency lost control of his vehicle Sunday evening and struck a parked car in a parking lot before coming to a stop in a ditch.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary crash report, Bradley D. Manis, 46, had minor injuries.

    Brooke Turner and a 2-year-old, both of Rockwood, were in the parked car and had minor injuries.

    The report said Manis was headed southbound when he stopped at a stop sign at Pansy Hill Road and State Street.

  • No mail, no meds

    A dispute with the United States Postal Service over driving conditions on Briggs Drive near Midtown has resulted in two homebound women being unable to have their medication delivered to their home.

    The women and two other homes at the end of Briggs Drive were affected when the Postal Service declared the dead-end was unsafe to turn around in.

    The Postal Service sent letters directing the residents to put their mailboxes at the bottom of a nearby steep hill.

  • Bellying up for apologies?

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’ll apologize to Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis for a run-in the two had last month — but she has to do something in return.

    Hendrickson said he told her husband, John Dennis, as much when the two spoke after the Aug. 8 County Commission meeting.

    “He asked me if it would be too much trouble to apologize to his wife,” Hendrickson recalled.

  • Harriman Police investigate homicide

    Harriman Police are investigating a homicide that happened Sunday evening at a Byrd Avenue residence in downtown Harriman.

    Acccording to the detail call sheet from Roane County E-911, a juvenile male told dispatch he shot his sister's boyfriend in the face.

    Those reports indicate the deceased was MarStratton Gordon.

    The juvenile told dispatch that his sister and her boyfriend had been fighting. At the time of the call the sister reported the man still had a pulse and was lying in her doorway.

  • A Look At Life SOUTH OF THE RIVER: South of the River Dollar General open

    By Penelope Bond

    Several area residents turned out for the official grand opening of the new Dollar General store on Saturday, Aug. 20.

    The cashiers reported that business had been brisk even in the previous week, as the “Now Open” banner was enough to bring in new customers.

    Advertised perks for the first patrons on Saturday had them lined up at the door at opening time.  The store’s regular hours henceforth are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

  • O’Toole named MHS basketball coach

    The search has ended for boys basketball coach at Midway High School.

    Longtime Midway Middle School coach Justin O'Toole has been named as the Green Wave coach, replacing Jon Leffew who was relieved off his duties last spring and transferred to Harriman Middle School.