Today's News


    A muted cheer erupted across Roane State Community College’s Roane State campus Monday afternoon as a total eclipse briefly darkened the sky, causing cicadas to break into a brief crescendo.

    People flocked from all over to witness the event, a feeling of camaraderie among those who saw what for many was a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

    “I wanted to come out here today and see it because my Mom works here and it is probably one of the best places I could be to see it,” said Taylor Mathews.

  • Swan Pond complex offered viewing

    A couple dozen people showed up for a solar eclipse viewing event hosted by Roane County at the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “I love it,” Clinton resident Margo McKamey said of the location. “It’s fabulous. You’re going to be able to see the horizons all the way around, viewing for miles.”

    McKamey was accompanied by her husband and two daughters.

  • Kingston brings Frisbee golf — and a lifetime commitment

    There’s no way to be sure how many people in Roane County viewed the total eclipse of the sun Monday afternoon — but it could have been tens of thousands.

    Roane Countians held viewing events on their boats, in their backyards or with visitors from around the world at venues including Fort Southwest Point, Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex, Harriman Public Library, Swan Pond Sports Complex and Roane State Community College.

  • Pemberton remembered for serving spirit

    Purple Heart recipient and former Rockwood High School football coach Tom Pemberton passed away on Sunday. He was 93.

    “I can talk about him all day,” longtime friend J. Polk Cooley said. “He was a great person.”

    Pemberton and Cooley both graduated from Rockwood High School in 1943.

    “The day we walked up to get our diplomas, he was on a train headed to the Marine training base in San Diego, California, so his mother came up and got his diploma,” Cooley recalled.

  • Chairman campaign coming

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry may have competition if he seeks the post again next month.

    Commissioner James Brummett has announced he wants the position.

    “I believe we need a little more show of unity,” Brummett said. “We’ve got some real good people on County Commission. The potential is there. We just need to unify a little bit, I think.”

    Brummett served as chairman from 2010-15.

  • Assault plea adds six years to Dyer prison sentence

    A Rockwood man was sentenced to additional time in state prison for his guilty plea in Criminal Court last week.

    Warren E. Dyer was charged with domestic assault, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated rape, sexual battery, domestic assault and simple assault.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison. The sentence will run consecutively to a six year prison term he was already serving in another case, which means Dyer’s total effective sentence now is 12 years.

  • 58 Overlook reopens to the public

    The Oak Ridge Visitor Center on Hwy. 58 overlooking the site of the Manhattan Project that developed atomic weapons during World War II is once again open for visitors.

    The center, originally built about 30 years ago, has displays that provide information about the history of the Manhattan Project and the K-25, Y-12 and X-10 buildings.

    The property, including about 160 acres behind the visitor center, was purchased from the U.S. Department of Energy last November by John McCormick.

  • Road committee to meet in emergency workshop

    Roane County Commission’s road committee is planning to meet in emergency workshop on Thursday.

    Purpose of the workshop was not included in an email sent to Roane County News at deadline on Tuesday.

    The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Harriman McDonald’s.

    Members of the road committee are Commissioners Ron Berry, David Bell, Mike Hooks, Junior Hendrickson and Benny East.

  • The search for ECLIPSE GLASSES

    Do you have your eclipse glasses ready for today’s big show?

    If the answer is “yes,” you’re one of the lucky ones.

    People seeking the protective eyewear to view the solar eclipse were desperate late last week — and merchants and others who had them for a brief while were inundated.

    Rockwood’s Live and Let Live Drug Store is in the midst of an eclipse-themed promotion, including selling the protective wear that quickly sold out.

  • School system shortens shorts policy

    Top of the knee wasn’t working for some, so the Roane County Board of Education made another change to its dress code policy on Thursday.

    The portion of the policy that said “Shorts must be of age-appropriate modest length – top of the knee for grades 6-12” was changed to “Shorts must be of age-appropriate modest length – mid-thigh for students in grades 6-12.”