Today's News

  • THP to conduct license checks in March

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting two driver license roadside safety checkpoints in Roane County this month.

    The first checkpoint will be from 5 to 6 p.m. March 4 on Hwy. 29 (Pine Ridge Road).

    Another one is planned from 9 to 10 a.m. March 11 on Fisk Heights Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • The Garden Gate: Nutrients in ashes can help us, too

    By Ellen Probert Williamson


    U.S. Army Pvt. Ryan E. Jones recently graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Son of Ronald E. Jones Jr. of Harriman and Lisa K. Goodman of Devonia, he is a 2008 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

  • Rain pounds region

    Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Roane County Monday, leaving flooded roads and homes, mudslides and accidents throughout the day.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Lawnville Road around 4:30 p.m.

    Dispatch said there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree with people inside.  

    Emergency personnel were kept busy assisting people out of their homes as rising flood waters trapped them inside.

    An emergency shelter was opened at Roane State Community College for people who evacuated.

  • Federal aid iffy after severe stroms

    Monday’s bad weather is unlikely to produce a federal disaster declaration for the state, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

    “We get damage assessments from all the counties,” spokesman Jeremy Heidt said. “They’re doing that right now, but based on what we’re getting reported, it does not seem that that is likely to happen.”

    A disaster declaration could make counties eligible for federal assistance.

  • Rockwood to address sewage plant violations

    Rockwood officials say they are  ready to move forward with meeting the requirements of a state order that came down last month regarding issues at the Rockwood wastewater treatment plant.

    Those issues include illegal discharges and failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.

    Engineer Mike MacIndoe of Fulghum MacIndoe & Associates met with the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials last Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

  • Oneida tops Rockwood, 46-44

    To advance in the TSSAA State Tournament, one has to play to the best of their ability and for Oneida, they did things the "Wright" way as Jake Wright dropped 18 points on the Rockwood Tigers en route to a 46-44 squeaker that extended Oneida's season by at least one more game. 

  • Wartburg knocks Harriman out of region tourney, 74-55

    For the Wartburg Central Lady Bulldogs, it wasn't their easiest win, but the Lady Bulldogs, led by Kellie Kidd's 27 points, managed to pull away in the final period to keep their season alive with a 74-55 win over the Harriman Lady Blue Devils. 

  • Postseason run ends for Lady Tigers

    The most successful basketball season since 2001 came to an end Monday night for the Rockwood Lady Tigers as Amy Breazeale's squad suffered a 51-32 setback at the hands of Coalfield in the Region 2-A semifinals.

  • Jellico ousts Midway in 2-A opener, 72-45