Today's News

  • Reporter's Notebook: Smoot swiftly moved to prison

    Authorities accommodated convicted killer Shawn Smoot’s request for immediate transfer into the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    “I contacted TDOC and requested expedited processing in Smoot,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Friday. “They made a place for him in Bledsoe (County Correctional Complex), so I contacted Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Baker, and they are taking him there today.”

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said Smoot left the Roane County Jail for the prison Friday morning.

  • Jackson new to school board

    The Roane County Board of Education will look pretty much the same come September.

    The incumbents swept their races in Thursday’s election.

    Darrell “Drack” Langley and Danny Wright each received 42 percent of the vote in District 2, according to unofficial returns from the Roane County Election Commission. Their lone challenger, T.J. Miller, garnered just 15 percent.

  • Ferguson handily re-elected road superintendent

    Roane County voters overwhelmingly showed their support for Dennis Ferguson on Thursday by re-electing him to a second term as road superintendent.

    “I want to thank the good Lord, first and foremost, for giving me the chance to do this,” Ferguson said just after the polls closed. “And then I want to thank all my friends and family for supporting me. I also want to thank all my employees for their hard work. I appreciate everyone so much. From my years as a legislator and now as road superintendent.”

  • Best bests competitors for Harriman mayor

    The voters in Harriman have spoken, and they feel the best man for the job of mayor is Wayne Best.

    “Excited. Proud. Humble,” Best said Thursday night when he found out he would be the city’s next mayor.

    “I’m at a loss of words for how I feel about Harriman right now. I didn’t think I’d ever make this speech. I want to thank all the citizens of Harriman, even the ones that didn’t support me I want to thank for coming out and voting.”

  • Hartup ousts Morgan

    You just never know what the future holds.

    Molly Leggins Hartup is an example of that.

    “I had no idea when I started working in the assessor’s office in 2007 that I would one day be the property assessor,” she said.

    The day that she never foresaw is a reality now, thanks to her victory in Thursday’s election.

    Hartup defeated incumbent David Morgan and two other challengers to win the property assessor’s race.

    She will take over the job on Sept. 1.

  • Former public works director arrested with weapons

      Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce was arrested Friday afternoon after a tip he was threatening to kill people in Rockwood, specifically a former Rockwood official.

  • Hartup thanks Roane County for election win

    Molly Leggins Hartup started campaigning for Roane County property assessor in July 2015.

    The months of stumping paid off on Thursday as she was able to beat three challengers to become the next property assessor.

    “Thank you Roane County so very much,” Hartup said. “Thank you for your vote, and thank you for believing in me.”

  • All precincts in: Hartup new property assessor; Ferguson stays as road superintendent; Best Harriman mayor

    *Molly Leggins-Hartup    2966    38.04%
    Danny Holloway    1244    15.95%
    David Morgan    1353    17.35%
    Sammy Sams    2235    28.66%

    Tim Clark    2490    31.69%
    *Dennis Ferguson    4145    52.76%
    Brian Mullins    1,222    15.55%

  • Hartup, Ferguson, Best ahead in early voting results

    Unless he receives some relief on appeal, Shawn Smoot will never again be a free man.

    After finding him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris on Wednesday, the Roane County jury of seven women and five men decided Thursday that his punishment for the crime is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    “I’m grateful,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said after the proceedings concluded on Thursday.

    “I think everybody needed this. I’m grateful that it’s done.”