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Today's News

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.

  • Tornado gets Roane federal disaster funds

    Roane County officials hope to use federal disaster aid to cover some of the costs of getting rid of all the trees that were downed when an EF 0-rated tornado hit the area in June.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a disaster declaration for Tennessee last week.

    “We’ll end up getting some money from it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We don’t know how much it will be yet.”

  • Tip leads to drug arrests at hotel

    An anonymous call led to a drug bust at the Rodeway Inn in Harriman Friday night.

    Tony Frogg, 543 Baumgartner Road, Harriman, is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police were dispatched to the hotel around 10 p.m. about a possible meth lab.

    “The caller was anonymous and could not give a room number,” the warrant sad.

    “The caller advised that a Tony Frogg was in the room and had warrants. Central (dispatch) did confirm three warrants in hand for Tony Frogg.”

  • Yager bill eliminates balloon debt

    The next time Roane County has a major construction project to undertake, it won’t be able to delay making principal payments like it did on the new jail.

    The county now has a policy in place to prevent such delays. But even if it didn’t, state law might not allow it.

    The Anti-Kicking the Can Act that went into effect on July 1 requires local governments to get approval from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office before issuing balloon indebtedness.

    The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, a Roane County resident.

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  • INSIDE the FIRST AMENDMENT: What’s up with media in Missouri?

    What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Mo., and journalists?

    The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer identified Friday as the man who shot and killed Brown.

    In the confusion and violence of the first nights of violence, journalists first reported being ordered away from where rioting occurred or barred from entering the city.

  • Mitchell brings loads of experience to OS

     

  • UPDATE — Victim in officer-involved shooting dead; name released

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a woman was killed in a Tuesday afternoon Harriman shooting that involved a Roane County sheriff’s deputy and Harriman police officer.

    Miranda Michelle Guy, 28, of Harriman, was killed in the shooting, said Susan Niland, TBI public information officer. The law-enforcement officials' names involved are unknown as of late Tuesday afternoon.

  • Roane teams gear up for season at jamboree

     

    High school football fans in Roane County got to see all five county teams in action Friday evening at the 2014 Roane County Football Jamboree.

  • Fishing Report