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Today's News

  • Remembering Kreis

    Former Oliver Springs and University of Tennessee standout and former Coalfield football coach Garry Kreis died early Monday morning after a long battle with cancer.

    Kries retired in 2008 after 30 years of coaching the Yellow Jackets, including 21 years as head coach. He finished his career with 165 wins, 18 trips to the playoffs, half-a-dozen district and region championships (1990, ‘91, ‘94, ‘95, 2005 and 2006) and another dozen Morgan County titles to his storied Tennessee coaching career. He was also an assistant at Coalfield from 1979-86.

  • Fatal fire may be accidental

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said it appears the March 16 fire at the 1147 Mountain View Road home where Jonathan Pesterfield perished appears to be accidental.

    “At this time it is what it appears to be,” said Stockton.

    Stockton said the story given by Lydia Vasquez and Joshua Cody Walker to detectives cleared up what happened.

    “Their stories matched up,” said Stockton.

    Stockton said the trio were at the vacant home to do drugs.

  • Criminal docket moves to Tuesdays after Labor Day

    For decades criminal dockets in Roane County General Sessions Court have been held on Mondays.

    “Probably for 40 years,” General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey said. “Maybe 50.”

    That practice will change later this year. Court officials have decided to hold the criminal dockets on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. Juvenile Court will move from Tuesdays to Mondays.

  • Eskridge performs at Princess
  • Boys & Girls Club holds open house

    The Boys & Girls Club of Roane County is celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

    The club is open for the community to come check out the club, meet staff and board members, and learn more about what the club does in the community.

    This special celebration offers the public the opportunity to experience the life changing programs the Boys & Girls Club offers to children and teens in Harriman and Roane County.

  • Reward offered for fire info

    The City of Oak Ridge is offering a $500 reward for information that can help resolve an incident that occurred on Saturday March 25.

    Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to a possible brush fire near the intersection of Wisconsin and Whippoorwill Drive on the west end of the city just after noon on March 25.

  • ‘We don’t want our town destroyed’

    The Roane County Board of Education listened to an array of opinions about the proposed school building program that could involve the consolidation of several high schools.

    Under the plan that was approved by the board last month all five of the high schools in the county would be combined into a single “mega school” with more than 2,000 students. County Commission has yet to vote on the funding for the plan.

  • Going for the Gold
  • Rockwood fire station site OK’d

    A former Rockwood Electric Utility substation location will get new life with the city of Rockwood.

    The substation, near Rockwood United Methodist Church on North Kingston Avenue, will be purchased by the city of Rockwood for a new fire station 2.

    The city’s current station 2, also on Kingston Avenue, has been empty after flooding a few years ago.

    “REU wanted to give this to us,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “TVA said no — it has to be fair market value.”

  • Man accused of slugging woman at store

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday after a domestic assault outside the Gateway IGA.

    Roane County Jail records list Michael Gregory Hamby, 32, 601 North Kingston Ave., as charged with domestic assault, evading arrest, evading arrest in motor vehicle creating risk to bystanders, driving on revoked or suspended licence, two counts of attachment for contempt/nonsupport and failure to appear.