Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 14

    25 Years Ago
    Roane County Commissioners voted unanimously to transfer the land commonly known as the Old Roane County Airport, or the Palm Beach site, from the county to Roane State Community College. The land is a prime site for construction of the college’s livestock pavilion/exposition center.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Are you going green for holiday?

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    According to census reports, several million Americans are of Irish descent. But every year in March we all, whatever our own ethnic heritage may be, become enthusiastically Irish. Everything flaunts the color green, and shamrocks become the flower of the month.

    St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Legend has it that the good saint used the trifoliate leaves of the shamrock to illustrate his sermons about the Trinity.

  • GUEST OPINION:Diversity of conscience treasured here

    First Amendment Center
    Award-winning author John M. Barry has done it again.

    In two previous best-selling books, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, Barry not only told the gripping stories of two critical historical events, but he also helped shape public policy on issues of vital importance to the United States and the world.

  • 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.