Today's News

  • Burned body part of "elaborate suicide,' officials say


    A call to a brush fire took a strange turn early this week.

    A man’s body was found burning in the fire in a wooded area behind his home on Monday evening.

    His wife is the one who called in the fire, authorities said.

    “We’re calling it some sort of elaborate suicide,” said Kristin Helms, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Helms said the man has been identified as Victor Gordon of 151 Scenic View Drive, Roane County.

  • Harriman clerk thwarts would-be thief



    A feisty clerk thwarted a man from robbing a check-cashing business in South Harriman Friday afternoon.

    According to the 911 dispatch call sheet, 57-year-old Debra Easter, a clerk at Early Check Cash at 1205 S. Roane St., told dispatchers the suspect tried to kill her.

    “She actually got in a scuffle with the guy,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said. “She resisted. That is why he didn’t get anything.”

  • Ambulance service hits hard times



    Roane County’s ambulance service has fallen on some hard times.

    “We are having a manpower shortage,” said Gloria Wright, director of emergency medical services. “Our paramedics and EMTs (emergency medical technicians) are having to run back-to-back calls, sometimes 24 hours a day.”

    Wright said six additional full-time employees will help. The County Commission could decide today, March 8, whether to give Wright’s department the requested help.

  • When it comes to census, we all add up



    The amount of federal dollars Roane County receives this decade could depend on how strongly residents participate in the 2010 Census. The questionnaires are being mailed out this month.

    “It’s important for funding,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every grant that we apply for — most all grants that we apply for — comes back to census data.”

    Economic development also depends a lot on census data.

  • Rather leads Bobcats past Harriman, 56-47


    Roane Newspapers

    The Region 2-A championship game turned into the Wesley Rather Show Thursday night as the Oliver Springs' senior guard torched the Harriman Blue Devils defense for five three-pointers and 28 points in leading the Bobcats to 56-47 victory.

    "I was feeling good one I got going tonight," Rather said following the game. "It's been 12 years since Oliver Springs had been to a region championship game, but I told our guys before the game we would get it if we just stayed focused and played hard."

  • Next stop Murfreesboro for Blue Devils


    Morgan County News

    HARRIMAN—One year ago Cloudland's talented Logan Morgan hit a last-second shot to keep Rockwood from going to the state tournament. His return trip to Roane County wouldn't be as sweet, but it would be his last.

  • Double jeopardy bars Rocky Houston retrial, appeals court rules



    If you improperly release a jury, you release a defendant. Defense attorney Randy Rogers argued this point before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on behalf of Rocky Houston last November.

    The appeals court agreed with Rogers, this week finding that Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott improperly discharged the jury in Houston’s murder trial.

  • Property tax reappraisals coming



    Property owners can expect to get a reappraisal notice sometime this spring.

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said her office is in the process of reappraising every parcel in the county.   

    “The reappraisal is near completion,” she said.

    Kirkham said the notices will have a phone number people can call to get an explanation if they have questions about their appraisal.

  • Appeals Court: Rocky Houston cannot be retried



    Look for more on this in the Roane County News as this story develops.






  • Late runs sends OS to title game


    Roane Newspapers

    One small adjustment made a world of difference Wednesday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Tony Ingram's squad knocked off Tellico Plains 44-32 to advance to the Region 2-A Tournament championship game against Harriman.

    Trailing 28-25, Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram told his defense to extend their packed-in zone on the perimeter to see if that could rattle the Bears and jump start the offense. The move worked as Oliver Springs responded with an 18-1 run that erased the deficit and put the game away.