Today's News

  • Kingston outslugs Alcoa 8-7

    By Michael Lindsay
    In a contest that featured five lead changes and four ties over the course of seven innings, the Kingston Yellow Jackets continued their string of recent successes with a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Alcoa Tornadoe. It was Bryce Woody's 2-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning that produced the final margin of victory.

  • School board abandons consolidation idea

    The Roane County Board of Education’s foray into high school consolidation was short-lived. By a 7-3 vote Thursday night, the board voted to keep its current five high schools and scrap its consolidation plan that was approved in February.

    “With the community that’s been talking to me, talking to a lot of us, I don’t feel this is the right time to consolidate these schools,” Board Member Rob Jago said. “I think the community is behind getting these schools in shape and keeping our community schools.”


    There are not many military veterans still alive who can share details about D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

    Clinton E. Riddle gave Bowers Elementary School fifth graders quite a history lesson when he detailed his experiences as a private first class with the 325th Glider Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division helping to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

    “Out of 155 men in my company that went in, only 38 were able to go back to England,” Riddle said of D-Day.

  • Harriman fire chief heads to Alabama

    Harriman has only had Fire Chief David Bailey one year, and it is already time to start looking for his replacement.

    Bailey, who retired from Virginia, came to Harriman in March 2016, but will soon be leaving for Madison, Ala.

    “It was just a personal family decision,” said Bailey.

    He was one of three finalists to be interviewed last month for the Madison fire chief position.

    Bailey said he has enjoyed working with the members of his department and others in the city as well as other agencies in Roane County.

  • Ex-police chief, detective eyeing Rockwood jobs

    Some familiar Roane County faces may be taking spots in Rockwood Police Department.

    Roane County Sheriff Office Detective John Mayes is the lone candidate in the running for deputy chief, and former Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is one of six candidates that have been interviewed for a patrolman position.

    “We have not hired anybody yet. It will be brought up at the Council meeting on the 24th,” said Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Stinnett said they just finished up the interview process for the patrolman position with an interview board.

  • Alleged scammer poses as group’s chief

    The treasurer for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee told Rockwood police she fell victim to a scam.

    Melonie Ann Hiegel of Molyneux Street spoke with Officer Brandon Smith about the incident on Tuesday.

    “She stated that she is the treasurer for the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee,” the report said.

  • Man with sawed-off gun, numerous drugs charged

    Jacob B. Potter, a 28-year-old Harriman man, was allegedly found in possession of a sawed off shotgun on March 29. That wasn’t the only contraband in his possession, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report.

    Potter was also allegedly found with heroin, methamphetamine and pills. He’s facing numerous charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, simple possession or casual exchange, possession of a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony, prohibited weapons, vandalism, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

  • Feds indict Ten Mile man on firearms charge

    A Ten Mile man is being held at the Knox County Jail without bond on a federal firearms charge.

    A federal grand jury indicted Albert Childs Jr. on Dec. 20 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Cpl. Kyle Canup of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office went to Childs’ home at 328 Blue Springs Circle on March 29 and arrested him on the charge.

    Childs was arraigned at the federal courthouse in Knoxville on March 31. He was appointed an attorney and pleaded not guilty.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Representative democracy — will GOP make it work?

    Gentle reader, like so many folks, we like to believe in the idea of human progress, that is that we as a species, in almost all aspects, improve over time. And, by and large, that seems to be the case.

    Just look at the progress we have made in the last hundred years: It would take a voluminous tome to detail all aspects of this progress, from our life span and health, to our standard of living and economy.