Today's News

  • Patient, Family Council new at hospital

    Harriman’s Roane Medical Center is beginning a new initiative that invites former patients and family members to provide feedback and suggestions related to various aspects of a hospital experience.

    Roane Medical Center Patient and Family Partnership Council will consist of volunteer members from the community and representatives from the hospital staff.

    The council will meet on a regular basis and work together on projects to enhance quality, service and safety at the hospital.

  • Oliver Springs shows appreciation to police

    Oliver Springs police officers were given extra special attention Tuesday.

    Officials and locals hosted a Police Appreciation Evening at city hall, where the officers were treated to a meal and words of thanks from those attending.

    The Oliver Springs Police Department is helmed by Chief Kenneth Morgan, and has 10 officers, four full-time dispatchers, and one part-time dispatcher.


    Family, friends and former students lined the curb in front of Harriman’s Dollar General Market on Thursday afternoon to welcome home Senior Master Sgt. Chad Goldston from an eight month tour of duty in the Middle East.

    At least 80 people holding banners, hand-lettered signs and American flags waited in the hot sun along Hwy. 27 to greet Goldston, who teaches history at Harriman Middle School.

    “God is great is all I can say,” said his wife, Billie.

    “We have to keep praying for the ones still over there,” she added.

  • Rockwood recipient of state energy grant

    The city of Rockwood is the recipient of a $14,274 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant.

    “It is becoming increasingly difficult for county budgets to keep up with utility costs,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “With taxpayers funding the cost, it is very important that we utilize energy efficient methods to control them.

    “I congratulate our local officials who worked hard to secure these funds.”

  • OS Cemetery work continues

    Work in the Oliver Springs Cemetery to determine family plots and individual coffin locations continues, but there is still much to be done.

    Tammi Barger, who is a member of the Oliver Springs Cemetery Committee and has been spearheading the effort, recently reported to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that the work was roughly one-third completed.

    She is still seeking input from the community to help identify unmarked graves and empty plots.

    “I know of nine empty plots ... and some stones are unmarked,” she said.

  • Man on parole for vehicular homicide found asleep at wheel

    A man convicted in a 2007 vehicular homicide case was reportedly found asleep behind the wheel of a car last month.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica West charged Bryan K. Howard with driving on a revoked license and simple possession in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Victoria Edwards said she noticed a male slumped over in a car on the side of the cemetery on Sugar Grove Valley.

    “She turned around and attempted to wake him by yelling, and he did not respond,” the warrant said.

  • 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.”