Today's News

  • Falltime fun
  • Design may be flooding cause

    A shoddy design may have caused the flooding that occurred at Roane County’s new emergency management center earlier this year.

    In a letter to County Executive Ron Woody, Purchasing Agent Lynn Farnham said she contracted with McGill Associates, a Knoxville-based engineering firm, to determine the cause of the flooding.

  • Audit: Gas officials took trips on public funds

    A Tennessee Comptroller’s Office investigative audit has revealed that two gas utility districts that serve portions of Roane County are among five in East Tennessee that used public funds to pay for vendor-offered expensive trips for their employees, spouses and other guests.

  • Kingston library now responding to texting

    Patrons of the Kingston Public Library may now receive text-message alerts concerning overdue items or the availability of books or other materials.

    The library began the new text-message service in October.

    The new service also allows patrons to send text messages to the library at 466-8901 to renew books, ask a reference question and reserve a book.

    Contact the library at 376-9905 or directorkpl@comcast.net — or text message the library at 466-8901 for details.

  • New line to boost power in Kingston

    From staff reports

    TVA is building 1.2 miles of new transmission line to provide power to Rockwood Electric Utility’s Kingston substation.

    TVA said the substation is being upgraded from 69 kilovolts to 161 kilovolts.

    The upgrade is essential, according to TVA officials, because of age and condition issues at the substation.

  • Midway attends cheer camp
  • Hardy wins tournament

    At the recent International Isshin-ryu Karate Association (IIKA) Youth Tournament held in Dayton, TN, Kyle Hardy swept the tournament in the under 17 Brown Belt Division by winning first in Fighting, Weapons, and Kata.

  • Tigers, Devils meet with title hopes on the line

    Does it get any better than this?

    That’s what fans around Rockwood and Harriman are thinking this week as the Tigers and Blue Devils hook up in the state’s longest consecutive running rivalry with a possible District 3-A championship on the line.


    Seeing someone in a rear-naked choke doesn’t make Shanna Moore squeamish.
    “I like watching people get their butt kicked,” she said.
    Moore was in the right place on Oct. 16, attending an amateur mixed martial arts event in Harriman with her friend Emma Hillier.
    Young, old. Male, female. Devoted fans and first timers. The event attracted a diverse crowd.

  • Sentence is cut for man found guilty of murder

    A state appeals court has decreased the sentence of a man convicted of murder in Roane County by five years.
    David Cosgriff, 68, was accused of killing Kathleen Taylor. The 76-year-old Harriman woman’s remains were discovered in a rural area of the county in December 2003.
    Cosgriff was tried in July 2009 and found guilty of second-degree murder and theft over $1,000.
    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen found that Taylor was particularly vulnerable due to her age and enhanced the second-degree murder sentence from 15 to 20 years.