Today's News

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: A lesson: School board tries to slip one by

    It was decades ago, but I still remember Jim Hightower’s public affairs reporting class at Western Kentucky University.

    The school had a top-rated journalism program and its teachers — and many of its students — took the subject matter seriously.

    We learned about open records and open meetings law – generally called Sunshine Laws, because they help shed light on the actions and dealings of our government officials.

  • Harriman United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon


    Edna McNamer and Betty Davidson fill their plates at Harriman United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon last week. The church offers weekly services during the Lenten season, and lunch is served afterward. The Rev. Jeff Jenkins preached during the service. West Hills Presbyterian Church provided the music, and Trenton Street Baptist Church provided the meal.

  • Dodd gets time in child rape

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old won’t go to trial, but he could be in the Tennessee Department of Correction’s custody for up to six years.

    David Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery last week.

    The recommended punishment written on the plea agreement is six years in prison, with Dodd reporting to custody on April 9.

  • Morris murder case awaits evidence

    The murder of Brooke Morris remains under investigation nearly five months after her body was found in a rural section of Roane County.

    Authorities said the 23-year-old Knox County woman had been shot.

    Last month, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the results from some evidence collected as part of the investigation is still pending.

    “We don’t have our labs back on all that yet,” he said.    


    In last Friday’s issue of the Roane County News, the address where Amanda Lynn Curry Grant was arrested on four counts of statutory rape against a 13-year-old boy was incorrectly stated. Grant was arrested at 170 Evans Heights.
    A caption in the Monday, March 12, issue of the Roane County News incorrectly listed Jimbo Duncan as owner of Memory Lane Antiques. The business is owned by Ronnie Gilmore.

  • Lawsuit against Houstons moved

    Roane County will not be the site for the civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars has decided to move it to another county, according to Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk Marcia Borys.

    Pat Brown is suing the Houstons over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.

    Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Golden arches to locate in Rockwood

    McDonalds has plans to build in Rockwood in the area near the Walmart shopping center.

    Fred Cox, construction manager for the project, recently went to the Rockwood Regional Planning Commission to discuss site plans and submit building plans to the building inspector.

    He said the restaurant could be open as early as autumn if construction starts as planned.

    “We plan to do it in the summer, hopefully in June,” Cox said.

    “It usually takes us about four months to build it,” he added.

  • TVA holding ash spill workshops

    Beginning this week, TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The one-hour workshops will cover topics ranging from wildlife impacts and studies, to cleanup costs, to the impact of ash that remains in the river system.

    Much of the 5 million cubic yards of ash that flowed from the site ended up in the Emory River.

  • ‘Frog and Toad’ presented at Roane State

    Roane State Community College Playmakers will perform “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a musical based on Arnold Lobel’s classic children’s books, beginning March 22.

    Show times are March 22-24 at 7 p.m., March 25 at 2 p.m., March 29-31 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m.

    Performances will be held in the theater on the main campus.

    General admission is $10, and student admission and admission for seniors is $7.

    Tickets are available at the door.

  • Search community for schools director, audience requests

    Turnout at the public hearing for the director of Roane County Schools search was a small group, but one sentiment stood out.

    That was to interview all those from Roane County who applied.

    “I was a little disappointed when I read in the newspaper that we took a vote and decided that we weren’t going to  interview all the people in Roane County that are teachers or principals or whatever they are that wanted to interview for this job,” said Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier.