Today's News

  • Police say Knox man pointed a gun at his girlfriend

    Kingston police filed an attempted first-degree murder charge against a Knoxville man last week.

    According to the report on the incident, Chester Lynn McHaffie allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend’s face and pulled the trigger multiple times. The gun did not fire.

    Roger Murray reportedly witnessed the incident and told police McHaffie “was trying to kill” the girlfriend.

  • Radiation detected in old TVA pipes

    A report about some radioactive pipes is what prompted District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s trip to the Kingston Fossil Plant last Wednesday.

    The pipes are the property of TVA, which operates the fossil plant.  

    “This is very old piping once used to move bottom ash,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “It was demolished as part of the conversion to dry handling. It was cleaned and waiting to be scrapped. TVA processors, as part of their function, checked the pipes for radioactivity.”

  • Jim Smith up for Rockwood city judge post

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will be recommending hometown attorney Jim Smith as the new city judge.

    “I think he’ll do a great job,” said Miller.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special called session 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, to consider Smith, who will replace outgoing judge Mark Foster. It’s the only item on the agenda.

    Smith, a Rockwood native, has had a downtown law office for many years.

    He was the 1966 valedictorian of Rockwood High School.

  • Put on your ‘Q’ to help homeless

    Taste the best barbecue chicken and ribs Roane County has to offer and support a good cause on Saturday, Aug. 19.

    Family Promise of Roane County is holding its second annual bluegrass and barbecue cook-off at shed 2 at Roane County Park. Tasters Alley opens from 3 to 5 p.m. giving visitors a chance to try their favorites.  Meals are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger.

    Six judges will decide the best of the best in barbecue chicken and ribs, and customers can vote for the people’s choice for the best homemade sauce.

  • HAIR today; gone for SCHOOL

    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers

    Michael Kerns enjoys the free haircut he received from Stephanie Oakes at Cliff Barber Shop in Harriman. Cliff Barber Shop offered free haircuts in conjunction with Tthe start of school in Roane County.

  • Harriman hopes hard work pays off

    By Jace Greene


    Harriman High School Volleyball made a comeback to the school in 2014, and entering 2017 the Lady Devils and fourth year head coach Angela Monkhouse bring back a lot of experience and excitement to the program.

    “I’m excited about this season, not only because we only lost one senior, but we have gained a couple of freshman that can really help us,” said Monkhouse.

  • Blue Devils set to scorch the links

    With school starting that also means that fall sports are getting in the swing of things. One sport starts their matches before school even gets going and that’s boy’s and girl’s golf.

    The Harriman High School Blue Devils and Lady Devils have been working hard all summer for their matches.

    Harriman Athletic Director, Bobby Clark took over the golf team this season.

    “This is a good group to be around,” said Clark of the golf team. “ I enjoy being around all these kids because they are all really good kids.”

  • Bobcats’ goal is improvement

    Matt Headden is entering into his tenth season of coaching golf at Oliver Springs therefore he has seen his fair share of teams come through Oliver Springs.

    With most private schools entering in the own league it takes a burden off players and gives them more opportunity to succeed. “With a good portion of private schools choosing to play in D2, it has opened many opportunities for schools that have in the past felt overwhelmed by having to complete against the private schools,” stated Headden.

  • Jamboree spirit can’t be drenched

    Despite weather forecasts and rainy weather earlier in the day, the 2017 Roane County Football Jamboree kicked off Friday evening at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

    With the season set to kickoff next week, the Jamboree is a showcase for the Roane fans to get an idea, a taste of things to come. All of five schools and their respective programs were on display.

  • OUT to LUNCH By Bethel Poston: Want food like Mom’s? Head over to Mama’s

    My wife, Carol, and I, sometimes travel through Harriman and Oliver Springs when going to Oak Ridge.
    Heading to Oak Ridge on Tri-County Boulevard, we’ve been noticing a Mama’s Diner sign on an empty building next door to Food City.

    When we discovered that Mama’s Diner had opened in June, we immediately scheduled it for an “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    I asked my former Oak Ridge High School classmate, Mimi Brock, to meet us at Mama’s for lunch. She lives in Oliver Springs and is a former school librarian there.