Today's News

  • Explosives found at Poplar Creek; resident charged

    Explosive devices were reportedly discovered at a home on Poplar Creek Road Tuesday night.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the devices along with a shotgun were found during the execution of a search warrant.

    “We had to call the Knox County Bomb Squad to come down,” he said.

    Phillips said Lewis Travis Seeber, 29, is facing charges in the incident. He was booked into the Roane County Jail just before midnight.

    His charges include unlawful possession of a firearm and simple possession.

  • Suiting up as clown? Be prepared to stop

    People out in public dressed up as clowns are subject to being stopped and questioned by police.

    “If you look at somebody who is dressed as a clown and they’re of adult height or teenage, then we’re probably going to talk to them and check them,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said.

    Clown sightings have prompted multiple calls to Roane County E-911 lately.

    Wright said he responded to one on North Patton Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police looking into damage to Clinton sign

    The Rockwood Police Department is investigating the defacement of a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign sign posted on North Gateway Avenue.

    Bob Cowan, chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party, surveyed the damaged sign on Tuesday.

    “Looks like some of the deplorables got out,” he said.

    The sign was spray-painted with white and red paint with messages reading “Killery” and the word “Hell.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Dems, GOP find common ground

    After years of partisan bickering that has brought our government to a dysfunctional standoff, Congressional Republicans and Democrats this week actually found something they could agree on.

    The House of Representatives voted 376-76 and the Senate voted 97-1 to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

    The vote gives families of Sept. 11, 2001, victims and future victims of terror acts the right to sue the foreign governments responsible for sponsoring the terrorism.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are Trumpsters really Republicans? Really?

    In the continued obliteration of locally owned business in this area, the latest casualty appears to be Citizens National Bank, headquartered in our neighboring McMinn County seat of Athens, with branches here in Roane County

    A few days ago, I received a copy of a letter to depositors from Paul G. Willson, Chairman, and member of the founding family, announcing a merger with Simmons Bank, and last week I received a 58 page booklet concerning the details of this merger and its effects on depositors.

  • Hill breaks Lady Tiger scoring mark

    After a week off, the Lady Tigers took to the field against Monroe County and distriact foe Tellico Plains to conclude their five-game homestead Monday night at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex
    The match held significant meaning as Lexie Hill broke the Rockwood girls soccer all-time scoring record once held by Katy Cisson. Lexie HIll has three more games to take over the record for number of goals scored in a season by a Lady Tiger, which is currently held by Cisson also.

  • Harriman Middle School softball team wins district crown

    Defending Clinch Valley conference champion Harriman Middle School Lady Devils softball team added the district softball tournament championship to the resume’ of co-head coaches Nate and Chastity Lowery.
    Harriman hosted the tournament over the weekend and went undefeated, but it wasn't easy, using their stay together style to make it all come together.

  • Guinn, Bell honored at Rockwood-Kingston game
  • New chief no stranger to Harriman

    A retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office sergeant has been offered the job of Harriman Police Chief.

    Derek Pacifico retired from the California agency after 22 years of service. He now lives in Knoxville with his wife and two college-aged children.

    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Harriman and Roane County,” Pacifico said Monday.

  • Clown costume trouble for man

    Clowning around didn’t end well for a Morgan County man last week.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, 28-year-old Jonathan Edward Hanson was dressed in a clown costume when deputies made contact with him on Emory Heights Road.

    They checked his identification and discovered he had a bench warrant out of Morgan County. Hanson was arrested and taken to the Roane County Jail.