Today's News

  • Lady Tigers can’t stop Devils’ onslaught

    By Melissa Coley


    The sun was bright, the air was warm but the Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils bats were as hot as a cat on a tin roof on a summer day Saturday morning at Flour Mill Flats ballfield.

    Harriman jumped out to an 11-1 lead after two innings before Rockwood settled down and held the Devils scoreless for the remainder of the first game. Rockwood’s Sam Tilley was able to cross the plate in the top of the third giving her team their second run of the game.

  • GLIMPSES: Environmental debates predate us


    “What a difference a week makes.”

    That’s what our daughter, Tollie, said on Friday Sept. 15. She and Mason teach at Florida’s Hillsborough Community College and live in Riverview, a sprawling suburb on Tampa’s southeast side.

    For nearly 10 days, they watched Hurricane Irma advance and considered with great uncertainty its arrival in central Florida. From East Tennessee, we shared her roller coaster emotional ride as the storm pin balled an erratic course.

  • The road not taken

    The Roane County Commission’s decision to accept a portion of Bournemouth Drive into the county road system last month didn’t go unnoticed.

    “We want our road took over by the county also,” said Tim Phillips, who lives on Wildwood Lane in the Dyllis area.

    So far officials have said no to the request, but Phillips along with some of his neighbors plan to continue pursuing the issue with county officials. Phillips said it’s an issue of fairness now that the county has accepted Bournemouth.

  • Deputy shot man holding toy gun

    The man shot in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday was in stable condition as of Monday, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    David B. Daugherty, 47, was shot multiple times by Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Joseph after he threatened officers who responded to a call about two males arguing at the 352 Mays Valley Road home, Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Roane County Animal Shelter chief placed on leave

    The Roane County Animal Shelter rode a wave of highs and lows over the weekend.

    The announcement the Shelter now has all its dogs fully vetted was followed a few days later with Director John Griffin placed on administrative leave.

    “There are some personnel issues we cannot discuss,” County Executive Ron Woody said Tuesday. “I really cannot talk about personnel issues.”

    The Roane County News filed a Freedom of Information Act request late Tuesday morning and will follow up on it.

  • Plenty of pot plants found growing on Front Avenue

    Rockwood police confiscated several marijuana plants earlier this month.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett told Deputy Chief John Mayes he could see marijuana growing from the road on Harvey Street.

    Mayes investigated.

    “Your affiant (Mayes) pulled into the driveway located on Harvey Street and spoke with the neighbor, who stated the residence belongs to Critter and Kristin,” the report said.

    The report lists 525 N. Front Ave., as the property where the marijuana was allegedly growing.

  • Relationship sours between couple injured in 2015 shooting, standoff

    One of the two people injured in a quarrel between estranged spouses has accused the other victim of physical abuse in court documents he filed last month.

    Bruce Randall Dick and Jenny Gambrell agreed to a temporary restraining order filed Aug. 23.

    The restraining order is good for one year after filing and requires neither party to be within 50 feet of the other and only communicating by text concerning legal issues.

  • Ferguson Fishing Rodeo makes its first-ever fall debut this weekend

    The Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo is usually synonymous with summer.

    This year, it will be associated with another season.

    The first day of fall is Friday, and the fishing rodeo is Saturday at Roane County Park.

    “This year we moved the date,” Ferguson said. “It’s always been in the summer, but this year it was so hot, so we moved it not so much for the kids but mostly for the older people because we were afraid for them.”

  • Folks look to light up Riverfront Park

    Some park goers don’t like how dark it gets at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “We’ve got like six [lights] out right by the police memorial,” Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson said. “I mean, it’s dark right in through there. We need to get those fixed.

    “And down by the bridge where the walking trail goes around, apparently there may be some out down there because it’s real dark and the women who walk with their kids are real leery of going out through there.”

  • Failing to pay filing fee could kill suit against DA

    Failure to pay the federal court’s filing fee could scuttle a convicted woman’s lawsuit against the attorneys who prosecuted her.

    Lisa Horn-Brichetto and her husband, John Brichetto, were found guilty of felony theft over $60,000 by a Morgan County jury on July 8, 2015.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, the Brichettos were principals of Northington Energy LLC, which announced plans in 2006 to build a biodiesel manufacturing facility in Morgan County. The company never produced any biodiesel.