Today's News

  • Raiders still on top despite loss

    The Roane State men's basketball squad loaded onto the bus tied for first place Friday morning for the long ride to play Southwest in Memphis Friday night, and Dyersburg State Saturday afternoon. 

  • OS assistant principal arrested

    Donna R. Moore, the assistant principal at Oliver Springs High School, was arrested in Morgan County for domestic assault against her husband Thursday night.

    Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at about 10:30 p.m. at the home Moore, 43, shares with her husband, 43-year-old Craig Moore, at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in the Coalfield community.

    “The victim, Craig Moore, stated that his wife, the defendant Donna R. Moore, came home very intoxicated and began yelling at him,” Davis’ report said.

  • Rockwood hires Ruppe as recorder

    Former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe has a new government gig.

    With last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting drawing to an end, Mayor James Watts asked for and received approval to hire Ruppe as city recorder/grant coordinator.

    The city, however, had neither been looking for nor advertising the position, something Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman said they would have preferred.

  • Agency strives to help families find right path

    Roane County isn’t isolated from homelessness, including families with young children struggling to find and keep a roof over their heads.

    That’s why Pathways Housing Services has been helping families find and pay for housing since 2006.

    Pathways’ goal is for those served to be able to maintain their own permanent housing once they graduate from the program.

  • Accident devastates horse owner

    The thump Jerry Keeney heard from inside his home on Jan. 10 was the clue that something bad had happened.

    “I said somebody’s had a wreck out there,” Keeney recalled. “I ran outside, and I saw my horse laying in the middle of the road and the car down the road about 40 feet.”

    The driver of the car was 18-year-old Caleb Wilson, a senior at Roane County High School and firefighter with East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.  

  • Qualls no stranger to Roane in search for school director

    A familiar face will help the Roane County Board of Education in its search for a new director of schools.

    Toni McGriff, the current director, is retiring, effective June 30.

    The board voted 9-1 to hire Wayne Qualls to act as facilitator in the search for her replacement at the Jan. 19 meeting.

    Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, helped the board in its last search for a school director.

  • Cleaning up after the rain

    Rockwood Street Department workers Ricky Stegall, left, and Mike Edwards clean debris from around a drain at South Gateway Avenue and Rathburn Street.

    The men attended to the task around town after a recent bout of rain to ensure that all street drains were clear of branches, leaves and other matter.

    The Rathburn drain was their final stop on this particular day.

  • Bolling vacating OS post

    Oliver Springs city manager David Bolling will be leaving his position in mid-February.

    Judge Joe Van Hook said Bolling made the announcement at the Oliver Springs Board of Alderman on Jan. 19.

    Bolling’s last day will be Feb. 17. He is leaving for another position.

    Comment from Bolling was not available at press time.

  • Harriman Happenings

    By Louise Warmley • Community Correspondent
    Sybil Cannon and Alicia Harris took their mother, Julia Harris, to Ruby Tuesday for a special dinner to celebrate her birthday. All day Tuesday Julia was blessed, first because of what her daughters did for her and the calls she received from her other children, relatives and friends. She was thankful for the many cards and gifts she received. So Julia, we wish you God’s blessings and many more birthdays.

  • 'Round Rockwood

    By Josephine McKinney • Community Correspondent
    It may come as a surprise, but my letter will be published each week in the Monday issue of the Roane County News.

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs. Alta Lewis of Harriman. Among her survivors, her daughter, Kathleen, married to our son, Dr. Joe McKinney of Chesapeake, Virginia; their children, Grace, Evan, Nate and Joy; son David and wife Dr. Julie Smith McKinney; daughter Dannise (Roger) McKinney of Harriman, and daughter Leslie (The Rev. Gale Hartley) of Jamestown.