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Today's News

  • Murder-for-hire preliminary waived

    Murder-for-hire defendant Laura Ann Buckingham waived her preliminary hearing on Friday, and had her case bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    In exchange, the District Attorney General’s Office turned over TBI and Roane County Sheriff’s Office reports along with audio and video files to her defense.

    Buckingham, 30, is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.

    She is accused of trying to have Bradley Sutherland of Indiana killed. Sutherland is the father of her 3-year-old son.

  • Help for LILY

     

    It started with a backache last November.

    Lily Hyde, an active 8-year-old, had been playing basketball, and her back started to hurt.

  • Rockwood may be on trail for a Forest

     

    A group wants to develop the hillside in the back of Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex into trails for bikes and walking.

    Miller said he hopes Rockwood City Council will be supportive of the idea, which will be fully presented at next month’s meeting. 

  • Smith challenges Fleischmann to debate

     

    Geoffery Smith, the U.S. Army veteran from Athens who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann for the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the Aug. 4 primary, is issuing another challenge.

  • State wants Smoot ‘bad acts’ considered

     

    Prosecutors want to introduce what they call prior bad acts of Shawn Smoot during his first-degree murder trial. 

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011. 

  • Van veers onto I-40 shoulder, smashes into TDOT vehicle

    A South Carolina man is facing charges after a Thursday morning accident on Interstate 40 that involved a Tennessee Department of Transportation warning truck. 

    It happened on the westbound side near the 353 mile marker. 

  • Kids get up-close view of county at work

    Wade Creswell has a good idea of what business people want in their employees, thanks to his job as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “They want skill sets,” he said. “They want experience. They want people who professionally are trained to do what they need done, but what they need more than anything else is dependability.”

    He said students can demonstrate their dependability to employers by doing four things.

  • Testing vendor fails to deliver

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes has seen a lot during his more than four decades in education.

    Wednesday was a first, however.

    The Tennessee Department of Education announced the termination of its testing contract with Measurement Inc., along with the suspension of all state testing in grades 3-8.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Aytes said. “I took standardized tests when I was in elementary school, and I’ve been in this 41 years, and we’ve always given one.”

  • Margrave Bridge completion more than a year away

    The replacement of the Margrave Bridge should soon be underway, but don’t necessarily expect to be driving across it this summer.

    The construction is to be completed on or before June 30, 2017, said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    It’s a welcome relief to some who live in the area or regularly travel on Margrave Street, which was once a popular route to the Flour Mill Flats ballfields and a means to avoid downtown traffic on Roane Street.

  • Quick action thwarts McDonald’s blaze

    Kingston McDonald’s customers were able to enjoy their breakfast Thursday morning.

    That might not have been possible without the quick work of the Kingston Fire Department, which responded to a fire at the restaurant at 1 a.m.

    “The KFD did an awesome job to make sure we would be ready to serve customers at open,” said Tara Stockton, an area manager for McDonald’s.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said his department was dispatched after a fire alarm went off inside the restaurant.