Today's News

  • Week five is big for county teams

    Week five of the high school football season is her and it's a big one as most teams across the state of Tennessee will take on region competition.
    Roane County is no different as three teams, Midway, Oliver Springs and Kingston will look to boost their playoff chances with wins this week over region foes.
    All through have a tough task at hand as Kingston travels to Christian Academy of Knoxville, Midway visits Oneida, while Oliver Springs hosts Sweetwater for homecoming.

  • County teams return to region play

    Roane County football teams are entering week five, with four of the five teams in action and three of the five return to region play.
    Coach Travis Tapp's 4-0 Harriman Blue Devils have the week off, as they will prepare for next wee's trip south to Rockwood for their annual battle with Coach John Webb's 1-2 Tigers who host Lancaster Christian from Smyrna. Rockwood had an extra day off after their loss to Kingston last Thursday evening.

  • Kingston soccer team loses 5-3 to CAK; shuts out Clinton 13-0

    The Kingston Lady Jacket soccer team split a pair of matches this week, losing 5-3 at CAK Monday and shutting out Clinton 13-0 Wednesday.
    "I was extremely happy with the girls play on Monday. They never let up on intensity, even when we were down 4-1 at halftime. The girls worked really hard to find one another on the field and make passes happen.

  • Correctional officer dies in wreck

    A Harriman man who worked as a correctional officer at the Morgan County Correctional Complex died following a motorcycle crash in Harriman on Tuesday.

    It happened in front of the Family Dollar on South Roane Street around 4:30 p.m.

    According to Harriman police, Kevin Bagwell was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a car driven by LaCleeta J. Wright.

  • A Faithful History

    A lot has changed in Roane County since 1826, but one thing has remained the same and that’s the love Swan Pond United Methodist Church has for the community for the past 190 years.

    “It’s amazing because the church is isolated up here. People don’t even know it’s here,” lay leader Mike Hill said of the church that is nestled in the woods off Swan Pond Road. “But it’s a good church. We’ve always had real good preachers.

  • Local utility sues developer, Roane County

    From staff reports

    A lawsuit filed by Roane County Board of Public Utilities against a local developer and the County seeks to determine the ownership of a sewer system and treatment plant.

    The suit, filed in circuit court last month, also seeks corrective action to fix possible problems with the operation of the sewer system that services about 100 homes in the Grande Vista Bay subdivision, referred to as “GVB.”

  • Police catch up to carjacking suspect

    The man suspected in a Tuesday morning carjacking was taken into custody late that afternoon.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities arrested Joshua Redford at the Food City in Oak Ridge around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    “He was probably high all day long,” Stockton said. “It appears that he was. He had drug paraphernalia and stuff with him when we captured him. He had his syringes and all that stuff.”

  • WWII veteran celebrates turning 101

    At 101 years old, Webster “Bud” Chapman” remembers clearly the day in November 1942 when his U.S. Army unit under the command of General George Patton landed on the shores of North Africa.

    The beach at Casablanca was defended by French and German troops. A German patrol boat captured his small unit shortly thereafter, but within three days the French and Germans had surrendered and he was released.

    “The Germans tried to make the French fight, but they didn’t want to fight,” he said.

  • Sign vandals strike at park

    Someone defaced a Hillary Clinton sign on the hill outside of Roane County Park.

    The man who put the sign there, Democrat and Clinton supporter Bob Cowan, said he has no plans to remove it, despite the black paint that was sprayed on both sides of the sign.

    Cowan said the way he sees it, the ones who don’t like Clinton may be less inclined to steal the sign with it defaced.

  • Woman dies in pickup accident

    A Harriman woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened in the southern part of the county on River Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased as Chalcy Hepp. She was 41.

    According to the report, she was traveling south on River Road in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck.

    “It left the roadway on the right side,” the report said. “Driver 1 (Hepp) then overcorrected, re-entered the roadway and while entering the roadway again, vehicle 1 (the pickup truck) started to spin.”