Today's News


    Monday was a big day for Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs, as it was a day that a new United States flag was presented and the park also received a Civil War marker in memory of Moses Naff.

    “It’s a real nice occasion,” said Julia Daniel, president of the Mayme Carmichael School Organization. “It’s beautiful everything that has taken place.”

    Carmichael Park sits on property that was once the home of the Oliver Springs Colored School. The Park is named after the school’s beloved teacher, Mayme Carmichael.

  • Suit: Judge hopeful posed as lawyer

    One of the candidates for Harriman city judge has been accused in a federal lawsuit of posing as an attorney and pretending to represent a murder suspect on his pending case.

    James Patrick Henry was formerly employed as a detective with Monroe County. A malicious prosecution lawsuit filed in 2013 by John Edward Dawson Jr. alleges Henry and others pretended to represent him, fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and submitted perjured evidence in the case involving the 2006 homicide of Troy Green, whose body was found in Roane County.

  • Explosives found at Poplar Creek; resident charged

    Explosive devices were reportedly discovered at a home on Poplar Creek Road Tuesday night.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the devices along with a shotgun were found during the execution of a search warrant.

    “We had to call the Knox County Bomb Squad to come down,” he said.

    Phillips said Lewis Travis Seeber, 29, is facing charges in the incident. He was booked into the Roane County Jail just before midnight.

    His charges include unlawful possession of a firearm and simple possession.

  • Suiting up as clown? Be prepared to stop

    People out in public dressed up as clowns are subject to being stopped and questioned by police.

    “If you look at somebody who is dressed as a clown and they’re of adult height or teenage, then we’re probably going to talk to them and check them,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said.

    Clown sightings have prompted multiple calls to Roane County E-911 lately.

    Wright said he responded to one on North Patton Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police looking into damage to Clinton sign

    The Rockwood Police Department is investigating the defacement of a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign sign posted on North Gateway Avenue.

    Bob Cowan, chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party, surveyed the damaged sign on Tuesday.

    “Looks like some of the deplorables got out,” he said.

    The sign was spray-painted with white and red paint with messages reading “Killery” and the word “Hell.”

  • New chief no stranger to Harriman

    A retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office sergeant has been offered the job of Harriman Police Chief.

    Derek Pacifico retired from the California agency after 22 years of service. He now lives in Knoxville with his wife and two college-aged children.

    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Harriman and Roane County,” Pacifico said Monday.

  • Clown costume trouble for man

    Clowning around didn’t end well for a Morgan County man last week.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, 28-year-old Jonathan Edward Hanson was dressed in a clown costume when deputies made contact with him on Emory Heights Road.

    They checked his identification and discovered he had a bench warrant out of Morgan County. Hanson was arrested and taken to the Roane County Jail.

  • Gone, but not FORGOTTEN

    Last week’s Candlelight Service at the Roane County Jail was sobering in more ways than one.

    It was both a celebration for those in recovery from substance abuse, as well as a commemoration for others who lost the battle, and was appropriately held in September, which is national recovery month.

    More than a dozen jail ministry volunteers met in the inmate yard area of the Jail on Friday evening, and participated in a series of somber yet encouraging ceremonies that included almost every inmate housed at the center.

  • New United Way office now open

    Roane County United Way celebrated its new building with an open house full of dozens of well wishers from around Roane County.

    The Devonia Street location was formerly an oncology practice that has since moved to Roane Medical Center’s Midtown location.

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Dina Jackson said it was late one afternoon when she got a call that doc-

    tors John Foust and Michael Thompson were looking to donate the building.

  • Argh! Read like a pirate at Harriman Public Library

    Read yer books, you scalawags.

    That was the message Harriman Children’s Librarian Connie Massengill had for kids last week during the library’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” with programs for its preschool and homeschool programs.

    “We have learned about famous women pirates,” Massengill said. “We learned about Anne Bonny and Mary Read from the 1700s.”

    Part of last week’s festivities included a Dress Like a Pirate contest.