Today's News

  • Alcohol linked to fatal wreck

    A July 2 wreck has left one man dead and another behind bars.

    The Roane County crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on Hwy. 322 in Philadelphia.

    The deceased was identified as 53-year-old Richard D. Skipworth of Etowah.

    He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Steven D. Moore of Philadelphia.

    State Trooper Matthew Armes charged Moore with vehicular homicide involving intoxication in the incident.

  • $10,000 for city council tablets?

    Harriman officials are considering whether to do away with traditional meeting packets and purchase computer tablets for their meetings.

    An estimated $10,000 was not included for Harriman City Council and staff tablets for meetings in the initial draft of a 2016 budget, but Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright wants to consider putting that money into the budget.

    “We already tried to move that way, because she sends us emails out,” Wright said.

  • Fourth no holiday for firefighters

    The Fourth of July was no holiday for Harriman and Rockwood firefighters.

    Fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Harriman Housing Authority home at 213 Roberts St.

    Four people occupied the residence, which suffered smoke and heat damage.

    “We contained the fire to one room.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss. “Upon arrival, they had fire coming out of the bedroom. That is where the main body of the fire was, in the bedroom.”

  • $10,000 for council tablets waste of money

    The Harriman City Council is considering forking over $10,000 for computer tablets to get electronic versions of agendas and other documents involving city business. (See story in today's Roane County News)

    Our response?


    Has it not been drummed into our — and their — heads that these are tight budget times?

  • TVA auction ‘good thing’

    This month’s auction of properties TVA purchased because of the ash spill could prove beneficial for Roane County in several ways.

    “Anytime you put property back on the tax rolls, it’s a good thing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The auction is slated for Saturday, July 25.

    The properties, most of which are on Emory River Road, include 22 homes and 39 vacant lots.

  • Armed robbery mars holiday weekend

    Kingston police responded to an armed robbery at the Rocky Top at 935 E. Race St. Sunday morning.

    Cashier Michelle Birmley told police that a man in camouflage clothing entered the store around 1:30 a.m. and pointed a black pistol at her and demanded money.

    “While she attempted to open the register, the suspect walked around the counter and removed the money from the drawer,” the report said. “The suspect then ordered Ms. Birmley to open the safe under the register, and Ms. Birmley complied.”

  • Rockwood man charged in rape

    Tabrin Thomas, a 22-year-old Rockwood man, was charged with aggravated rape last week.

    The warrant was taken out by Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray.

    Hours after the alleged rape, Gray reported Thomas agreed to release the alleged victim if she dropped him off at a friend’s house.

    After doing so, she went to the Rockwood McDonald’s, where she contacted police.

    Gray said the alleged victim was taken to Roane Medical Center, where a forensic examination was conducted.

  • One youth escapee from Omni Vision recaptured

    One of three teens who escaped a treatment center for young offenders in Roane County is back in custody.

    “He managed to make it all the way to Davidson County, so obviously he got picked up somehow,” said Steve Norris, president of Omni Vision, the organization which operates Roane Academy in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    “At this point, it is pretty much in the hands of law enforcement, and we have to rely on that. We appreciate all the cooperation we got, particularly there locally. They were great to work with,” said Norris.

  • Kingston looks to build on summer camp success after returning from dead period

    With the TSSAA dead period officially coming to a close on the Fourth of July, teams will now report back with their coaches and begin work for the 2015-16 seasons.

    For Kingston head coach Colt Narramore, that means a lot of getting back to the basics.