Today's News

  • ‘One bite, and it will change your life’

    An afternoon cloudburst didn’t keep a crowd from turning out to enjoy the fruity, flaky crusted cobblers at Harriman’s first cobbler festival.

    Instead, the crowds huddled under the gazebo at David Webb Riverfront Park for contestants’ treats.

    After judges got their tastes of the cobbler, the public made their rounds.

    “As soon as they looked at it, we have been in the floor scooping and Jayden has been putting lids on them,” said Frankie Hawn with Cub Scout Pack 103 in Harriman.

  • Revenue up, spending down in Rockwood’s ‘good year’

    Rockwood’s financials for 2015-16 are a reason to celebrate.

    Rockwood’s City Recorder and Administrator Becky Ruppe reported to City Council last week that more revenue was taken in than was spent, and “all budgets came in under budget.”

    “We had a good year – good enough to raise our fund balance,” she said.

    “Our department heads and employees worked hard to keep their expenditures under what was budgeted ... we commend them for doing a great job,” Ruppe added Wednesday.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Be sure to take a big appetite to the Meat House

    Are you a longtime fan of hamburgers from the recently closed Bob’s Burgers in Midtown?

    Well, you’re in for a treat when you visit the new occupant of Bob’s former location, Meat House BBQ & More.

    “From a home recipe, we hand pat a half pound of fresh ground beef for every hamburger patty,” owner Navardo “Tony” Exparza told me.

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure to Meat House BBQ & More in Midtown, our longtime friends, Wayne and Sydney Woodlee, joined my wife, Carol, and me.

  • Football jamborees set Aug. 12 and 13 at Midway, Rockwood Middle School

    Roane County football teams will be opening practice this week in preparation for season openers Aug. 18-19; however, Midway High School and Rockwood Middle School hosting jamborees the weekend before.

    Midway will host this year’s Roane County Football Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., for one last preparation for season openers Aug. 18 and 19.
    Here is the jamboree schedule:
    No. 1: Oliver Springs Hoppers vs. Midway;
    No. 2: Cumberland County vs. Rockwood;
    No. 3: Oliver Springs vs. Harriman;
    No. 4: Kingston vs. Midway.

  • TSSAA Board of Control sets classifications

    It is official. The TSSAA Board of Control at a special called meeting Wednesday at the TSSAA headquarters in Hermitage approved the classification plan for its member schools for  2017-21.

    In Division II, football will be divided into three classes. Schools with enrollments up to 265 will be in Class A, 266-530 in Class AA and 531 and up in Class AAA.

    The state's 24 Division I private schools have until Oct. 14 to make a decision to stay in Division I or move into Division II.

    Division II wrestling and bowling will be in one class each.

  • ‘She’s a bloody mess’

    “She’s a bloody mess, ma’am.”

    That’s how Larry McCabe described the dead body of Brooke Nicole Morris when he spoke to a Roane County E-911 dispatcher from a dark rural road almost five years ago.

    McCabe and his wife Debra were coming from a party in Kingston on Oct. 15, 2011, when they came upon Morris’ body at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

  • Mullins loanless; Sams in for $163

    Candidates in the Roane County road superintendent and property assessor races have turned to themselves for financial backing.

    Incumbent Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson loaned his campaign $12,000 on June 9, according to the campaign financial disclosure statement he filed with the Roane County Election Office on July 11.

    The disclosure statement covered the period from April 1 to June 30. Ferguson’s report shows he also received $5,725 in contributions during that period.

  • Rockwood officials tap brakes on another stop sign at intersection

    Rockwood resident Jeremy Byar wants city officials to look at addressing traffic at Chamberlain Avenue and Tedder Street.

    He shared his concerns Monday with Rockwood City Council.

    “I have lived there five years, and I have watched it [the intersection] get more and more dangerous,” he said.

    “There are cats getting killed, and kids are in danger.”

    He asked if Council would consider making the intersection a three-way stop.



    The Roane County News graphics and sales teams enjoy having their accomplishments recognized with nine awards presented last week by the Tennessee Press Association. Graphics team members are, front row from left, Erny James, Mary Ann O’Shell and Joann Pierce; and back row, sales team members Sherry Long, Betty Lee and Sheryl Taylor.


  • OS wants to honor police with blue lighting

    Oliver Springs will honor its police officers next week, and organizers are asking the community to contribute by “going blue.”

    Residents are asked to display blue outdoor lighting Aug. 2-3 “to show their appreciation for putting their lives on the line every day for us,” said Tammi Barger, event chairwoman.