Today's News

  • Sex offenders found with guns, making meth

    Derrick Swenson, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, said it’s not uncommon to find weapons and narcotics when conducting compliance checks on sex offenders.

    That turned out to be the case earlier this month when the marshals teamed up with local law enforcement for Operation Honey Badger.

    Four sex offenders were arrested. Authorities checked on 80 during the three-day operation.

    Tony Andrew Collier and Daniel Leon Fritts were arrested for being in possession of firearms.

  • Bridge under flooding waters

    Roane County dodged the snowstorm bullet that struck other portions of East Tennessee late last week, but the county wasn’t immune from heavy rains and the ensuing flooding.

    Roane County Park, closed due to downed trees on Thursday, still had parts underwater on Friday, including a wooden footbridge along its popular walking trail.

    Friday’s sunshine was a welcome respite from the days of damp, dreary weather earlier in the week.

  • Harriman opts for mediation in shopping center litigation

    Harriman attorney Harold Balcom recommends mediation, not arbitration, to try to reach a settlement of Pinnacle Pointe conflicts between city officials and developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan.

    “The reality is in mediation, if you reach agreement, then you put that down in a court order and it’s binding,” Balcom explained.

  • Arrests: Jan. 7-11, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 7 —  Charles Lee Lampson, 22, 1462 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman: failure to appear. No bond; court date Feb. 11.

    • Levi Thomas Massey, 31, 437 W. Rockwood St., Rockwood: violation of probation. Bond $30,000; court date Feb. 4.

    • Jeff Treadway McFalls, 32, 804 N. Wilder, Rockwood: public intoxication. Bond $1,000; court date Feb. 25.

  • General Sessions Court: Oct. 29, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 29 — Russell Thomas Jr., resist stop, arrest, search no weapon. Guilty. Obedience to police officers, disorderly conduct, evading arrest, assault attempt, vandalism up to $500, public intoxication. Dismissed.

    • Samantha M. Mee, driving while license revoked. Dismissed.

    • Whitney A. Brackins, theft up to $500. Guilty.

  • Spurgeon, Stickrod sign with national champs

    Thursday was a big day for Roane County High School seniors Lindsey Stickrod and Sydney Spurgeon as both Lady Jacket softball stars signed scholarship papers with defending NJCCAA national champion Chattanooga State.
    “I’m extremely happy,” Stickrod said after the signing. “Chattanooga State has a small campus, which is what I like, and I also have family there so that will be nice.”

  • Bethel's fall fest a boost for area

    Bethel Presbyterian Church and the Kingston community have come together for the past three years to benefit area nonprofit organizations with the church’s annual fall festival.

    “This year’s receipts saw an increase of 20 percent over last year due to the great turnout from the community,” said Micki Anderson, one of the fall festival organizers.

    The most recent fall festival started with a fellowship breakfast and a youth-led yard sale.

  • Programs for homeschoolers now under way

    The American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, is now registering homeschooled students in grades K-6 for its 2013 Homeschool Friday Programs.

    The programs are offered through May 24.

    Topics for the interactive programs are the same for each of the specific groups. Class time and fees vary, however.

    K-2 classes meet for an hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $7 for the general public and $5 for museum members.

  • RCHS’s Mutter DAR Good Citizen

    Rachel Mutter, center, of Roane County High School is presented with the DAR Good Citizens Award from Avery Trace DAR Good Citizens Chairwoman Rosemary Alexander, left, and Jane McPherson, Cherokee District DAR vice chairwoman of the Good Citizens Award.

    Mutter received a $50 check, a certificate, the DAR Good Citizens pin and a wallet card.

    Other DAR Good Citizens Award winners are Laci Sells of Harriman High School, Taylor Hargis of Rockwood High School and Elizabeth Poczobut of Midway High School

  • Fifth-graders eligible for poster contest

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling all fifth-graders from across the state to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice 2013 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest.

    Students can enter at the state level for a chance to be selected as the national winner and awarded a free trip to Washington D.C.

    Fifth graders in Tennessee can enter the poster contest by submitting them to TBI, who will then pick a state winner to enter into the national contest.