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Today's News

  • Woman found guilty of purse theft at church on Easter Sunday

    A woman was convicted of felony theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Thursday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said the jury took less than an hour to find Cortney Armour guilty.

    She’s scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

    “We got a conviction for what we charged, so that’s always good,” Edwards said.

    The incident happened on Easter Sunday 2014 at Emory Heights Baptist Church in Harriman.

    Edwards said the victim, Shirley Bullard, had her purse stolen by Armour.

  • Smoot attorney files notice for expert witness

    Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith accused defense attorney Bob Jolley of trying to delay his client’s upcoming murder trial without actually asking for one.

    Jolley, who represents Shawn Smoot, filed a notice of intent to use an expert witness. Smith said her office didn’t receive the notice until late Thursday.

    “They’ve known for a year — over a year — that they may be using this person, and they wait until now to file the notice,” Smith told Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks on Friday.

  • Roane teams gearing up for gridiron season

     

    High school football teams are remembered for the success they have in November. However, it’s the work the teams put in now that will determine success this fall.

  • TSWA renames award for Pat Summitt

     

    The Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s annual women’s basketball coach of the year award will now be known as the Pat Summitt Coach of the Year award. The TSWA voted unanimously Friday to rename its women’s coach of the year award in honor of the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history during its annual business meeting.

  • Roane teams gearing up for gridiron season

     

    High school football teams are remembered for the success they have in November. However, it’s the work the teams put in now that will determine success this fall.

  • Rockwood to host Dixie Youth State Tournament

     

    The Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex will be hopping later this week as Rockwood will be hosting the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament starting on Thursday.

  • Pair charged in crash

    An Oak Ridge driver and his passenger were arrested following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 on July 4. It happened at the 352 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Artaveus D. Dawson was behind the wheel of a 2005 Mercedes-Benz that wrecked shortly before midnight.

  • Rockwood bridge completed, to open soon

    The Manufacturers Road bridge to the Roane County Animal Shelter appears complete, and it should be open again soon.

    “We are going to try to have a ribbon cutting one day next week, if possible,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Even though it is done, the concrete has to cure a few more days,” she added.

    The intersection of Manufacturers Road has been closed since this spring, when the replacement of the bridge began.

  • Officially retired from Oliver Springs
  • GREAT BUILD-UP

    Gary Samples never had a chance to build a tree house for his sons.

    But he’s more than making up for it with his great-nephew, Daniel.

    Samples recently completed construction on a stunning treehouse behind his home on Buck Creek Road near Kingston.

    “I’ve got two boys, and I never did it for them,” Samples said. “I did everything I could for them — but they played sports a lot, and that kept us busy.”