Today's News

  • Trio indicted on sex-crime charges

    Activity on social media resulted in trouble for a registered sex offender.

    Gary Wayne Pierce was indicted last week for nine sexual offender registration violations.

  • Meeting canceled for lack of interest?

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry planned to ask questions about the proposed 2017-18 budget during a work session last Thursday.

    He didn’t get the chance because the work session didn’t take place.

    “I guess I misunderstood,” Berry said.

  • Roane eligible for storm aid

    From staff reports

    President Donald J. Trump has approved major disaster declaration for Roane and 11 other Tennessee counties as a result of damage that occurred during the storms late last month.

    The storms caused more than $1 million in damage to Roane County, including heavy damage to power lines.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

  • ‘I’d been there long enough’

    Something was markedly different about last week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury. For the first time in decades, Charles Snow was not the foreman.

    “I’d been there long enough,” Snow said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Snow’s tenure as grand jury foreman started in 1987. It lasted until February, when he decided to step down after that month’s grand jury session.

  • Rockwood man hits trouble on water

    The rain-swollen Emory River was a dangerous place to be over the weekend.

    A Rockwood man reportedly was transported to Roane Medical Center Sunday while swimming near Oakdale in Morgan County.

    Carl D. Ooten, 53, was swimming with several others at the Big Burton Hole, around 5 p.m. when the incident occurred.

    Witnesses said he “had jumped in, came up to take a breath, went back under, and they could see him swimming,” according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • State tournament next stop for Harriman AA

    The Harriman AA All Stars travelled to Sweetwater on Monday night with a lot on the line as they took on Campbell County.

    The Blue Devils came in as a 2 seed in the district tournament as Campbell County came in as the one after they beat the Blue Devils in the sub district tournament championship.

  • Roane teams set for state tournament

    After winning a pair of one-run contests in sub district play, the Harriman A All-Stars made it three in a row over Kingston Monday evening with a 16-8 victory over the Junior Jackets in the District 8 A Tournament being played in Knoxville.

    With the victory, Harriman advanced to the tournament’s final day of play on Tuesday. The Blue Devils played Greenback Tuesday. Sweetwater was also alive in the tourney.

  • Roane ladies to host July camp

    Roane State will host girls basketball camps in July

    Roane State Community College’s Monica Boles, head coach of the Lady Raiders basketball team, will host two basketball camps in July for area girls.

    New this year is a camp geared for high school girls to improve at specific basketball positions.

    “Our camps provide great opportunities for girls of all ages to improve their fundamental basketball skills and knowledge of the game,” said Boles, who just completed her ninth season as head coach of the Lady Raiders.


    The United States of America these days are more like the Divided States of America.

    Whether the chasm exists on the political side of the spectrum, on societal matters, in terms of wealth inequality, division and strife has run rampant in our society.

    Not even the world of sports has been immune to this shift in division.

    Case in point, the major players in the cable sports world in ESPN and FOX Sports 1 cater to audiences on different sides of the spectrum.

  • Harriman youngsters win exciting title