Today's News

  • Coalfield at Harriman is week 7 headliner

    The seventh week of the high school football season is here and this week is the biggest so far for Roane County's five teams, as all five will be taking on region competition.
    The biggest game on the schedule this week take places at Harriman, as the Blue Devils host Coalfield in a Region 2-1A battle of unbeaten teams.
    Another big Region 2-1A game takes place in Campbell County. That's where Midway will look to keep its playoff chances alive when they take on Jellico.
    In Region 2-2A, Rockwood and Oliver Springs both have big games on Friday.

  • Week seven looms big for county teams

    Week seven is big  for Roane County football teams, as they will be playing region games — Coalfield at Harriman, Grace at Rockwood, Oliver Springs at Austin-East and Kingston at Scott.
    The Coalfield at Harriman will be a battle of unbeatens in Region 2-1A, as the Yellow Jackets (2-0, 6-0) travel to Wallace Black Field to face Travis Tapp's Blue Devils (1-0, 5-0). Coalfield is ranked seventh in this week's Class A poll, while Greenback is ranked third.

  • Kingston, Midway cross country teams run in Victor Ashe meet

    The Kingston and Midway cross country teams competed in the Ashe Park All-Comers Meet Sept. 22 at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville. The meet was hosted by Metro Knoxville Cross Country.
    The Yellow Jackets finished 16th with 363 points, while the Midway boys were 21st with 606 points. Alcoa won with 94 points. The Lady Waves were 11th with 273 points behind L&N Stem Academy (47).

  • Suit: Judge hopeful posed as lawyer

    One of the candidates for Harriman city judge has been accused in a federal lawsuit of posing as an attorney and pretending to represent a murder suspect on his pending case.

    James Patrick Henry was formerly employed as a detective with Monroe County. A malicious prosecution lawsuit filed in 2013 by John Edward Dawson Jr. alleges Henry and others pretended to represent him, fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and submitted perjured evidence in the case involving the 2006 homicide of Troy Green, whose body was found in Roane County.


    Monday was a big day for Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs, as it was a day that a new United States flag was presented and the park also received a Civil War marker in memory of Moses Naff.

    “It’s a real nice occasion,” said Julia Daniel, president of the Mayme Carmichael School Organization. “It’s beautiful everything that has taken place.”

    Carmichael Park sits on property that was once the home of the Oliver Springs Colored School. The Park is named after the school’s beloved teacher, Mayme Carmichael.

  • Explosives found at Poplar Creek; resident charged

    Explosive devices were reportedly discovered at a home on Poplar Creek Road Tuesday night.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the devices along with a shotgun were found during the execution of a search warrant.

    “We had to call the Knox County Bomb Squad to come down,” he said.

    Phillips said Lewis Travis Seeber, 29, is facing charges in the incident. He was booked into the Roane County Jail just before midnight.

    His charges include unlawful possession of a firearm and simple possession.

  • Suiting up as clown? Be prepared to stop

    People out in public dressed up as clowns are subject to being stopped and questioned by police.

    “If you look at somebody who is dressed as a clown and they’re of adult height or teenage, then we’re probably going to talk to them and check them,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said.

    Clown sightings have prompted multiple calls to Roane County E-911 lately.

    Wright said he responded to one on North Patton Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police looking into damage to Clinton sign

    The Rockwood Police Department is investigating the defacement of a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign sign posted on North Gateway Avenue.

    Bob Cowan, chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party, surveyed the damaged sign on Tuesday.

    “Looks like some of the deplorables got out,” he said.

    The sign was spray-painted with white and red paint with messages reading “Killery” and the word “Hell.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Dems, GOP find common ground

    After years of partisan bickering that has brought our government to a dysfunctional standoff, Congressional Republicans and Democrats this week actually found something they could agree on.

    The House of Representatives voted 376-76 and the Senate voted 97-1 to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

    The vote gives families of Sept. 11, 2001, victims and future victims of terror acts the right to sue the foreign governments responsible for sponsoring the terrorism.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are Trumpsters really Republicans? Really?

    In the continued obliteration of locally owned business in this area, the latest casualty appears to be Citizens National Bank, headquartered in our neighboring McMinn County seat of Athens, with branches here in Roane County

    A few days ago, I received a copy of a letter to depositors from Paul G. Willson, Chairman, and member of the founding family, announcing a merger with Simmons Bank, and last week I received a 58 page booklet concerning the details of this merger and its effects on depositors.