Today's News

  • Fatal wreck could mean charges for local woman

    A Knoxville woman who was injured in a Roane County car accident died Sunday night.

    A Harriman woman could face charges for the wreck, which occurred on Nov. 6 on Hwy. 61 at the intersection of Shady Road.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Debbie L. Johnson of Knoxville was traveling south on the highway in a Toyota Avalon.

    She was waiting to make a left turn when her vehicle was rear-ended by a Kia Sedona minivan driven by 36-year-old Rebecca L. Phillips of Harriman.

  • Trial may be delayed for suspect in Kingston murder

    Tammy Rosado is scheduled to stand trial on charges of second-degree murder on Nov. 18, but her attorneys are asking that the trial be postponed until next year.

    “Neither the state nor the defense have been dilatory in any way, but despite the best efforts of counsel, the matter is simply not ready for trial this term,” Assistant Public Defenders Harold Balcom and Walter Johnson said in a motion to continue.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson disagrees with their assessment and wants the case to go to trial as scheduled.

  • Local police played role in major East Tenn. drug bust


    Two local law enforcement agencies were participants in an investigation that took down an East Tennessee cocaine conspiracy.

    The leader, Baltazar Camacho of Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced to 470 months in prison last week.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan determined that at a minimum, Camacho distributed between 150 to 450 kilograms of cocaine, and knew that half of that amount would be turned into crack cocaine.

  • Roane State teams fall in conference play


    The Roane State Raiders and Raiderettes opened TCCAA play Saturday afternoon in Morristown with a pair of games against Walters State, but it would be the Senators and Lady Senators coming away victorious.

  • Davis wins championship
  • Cherokee picks up sweep at OSMS

     The road has been good to the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets at the start of the 20-14-15 season. Last week, Cherokee opened its season with a sweep at Sweetwater, and they followed that up Monday with a sweep at Oliver Springs.

  • RMS splits with Wartburg


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    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers Lady Tigers hosted Wartburg Central Monday night in their home opener.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Neal beats the odds in spite of Roane’s early voting forecast

    Tim Neal accomplished something that’s not often done in local elections.

    He won the Kingston mayor’s race, despite losing early voting.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the only other time he’s seen that done was in the 2010 District 2 County Commission race.

    Randy Ellis trailed in early voting, but came back to win one of the district’s three commission seats after all the votes were tallied.

  • County plan developed for image-repair money

    The Roane Alliance has a plan for the county’s ash spill public image repair funds.

    In a Nov. 5 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody and county commissioners, Alliance President Wade Creswell proposes a three-phase approach that includes design and creation of award-winning quality websites that emphasize tourism and economic development and interstate signage that highlights Watts Bar Lake. The plan also calls for signage that creates a sense of a welcoming, small-town atmosphere.  

  • 11 magic number for snow-day misses

    Just like last year, Roane County Schools has 11 snow days built into its calendar.

    None have been used so far, but that could change with the cold weather months approaching.

    “I don’t really have any long-term predictions, but we think we’ll be OK as far as the number of days that we have,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “We should be good with 11.”

    A harsh winter caused the school system to use all but one of its inclement weather days last school year.