Today's News

  • Sex sells — but not in downtown Rockwood

    Rockwood is taking a proactive approach to dealing with adult-oriented businesses and parameters of those businesses.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to limit adult-oriented businesses to the city’s M-2 Heavy Industrial District.

    Adult-oriented businesses are defined as adult bookstores, adult video stores or adult cabarets, adult motion-picture theaters, semi-nude model studios, sexual device shops and sexual-encounter centers.

  • County on board with TVA Clinch proposed reactor

    TVA’s plan to seek an early site permit application for a small modular reactor has the support of Roane County and Oak Ridge governments.

  • Inspection reveals 9 jail deficiencies

    Nine deficiencies were found during the most recent inspection of the Roane County Jail.

    “They gigged us on several things,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “Population wasn’t one of them.”

    The jail was previously certified to hold 172 inmates.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute reset the certified capacity to 170 inmates after last month’s inspection because a dorm that used to house male inmates is now being used to house female inmates.

  • Harriman to start up paving next week

    Harriman now has the money at hand and paving and other street work should begin soon.

    “The date right now is April 16. We are planning on starting on the north end of town,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Mayor Chris Mason signed the final paperwork on the loan, and City Clerk Theresa Daniels stamped the city seal on last Thursday morning.

    Helms said in addition to paving, the city will address other repair needs such as crack sealing and striping.

  • Arrests: March 16-27

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    March 16 – Austin Kimshea Whitehead, 20, 126 Love Drive, Harriman: simple possession or casual exchange.
    • Sherri L. Smith, 46, 817 S. Patton Ave., Rockwood: simple possession or casual exchange, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
    • Latrell Isaiah Bazel, 20, 222 Roberts St., Harriman: simple possession or casual exchange.

  • Kamikawa steps down as Rockwood coach


    One of the most respected coaches in Roane County history has hung up his whistle, as after 33 years on the sidelines at Rockwood High School Paul Kamikawa is retiring from coaching basketball. 

  • Oliver Springs nurse delivers own baby

    Working 11 years as an obstetric nurse turned out to be a significant blessing for Megan Whaley.

    The Oliver Springs resident recently found herself in need of her own services when she went into labor at home with daughter Emery.

    It was her third child. Previously experiencing 12- and six-hour labors with her sons, Jakob Hamby and Deegan Whaley, Whaley thought she had plenty of time to get to the hospital.

  • 4 from Roane up for school chief

    Four current employees with Roane County Schools will interview for the director’s job this month.

    The group includes principals Shelia Sitzlar, Scott Mason and Elizabeth Rose.

    The other Roane County candidate is Keevin Woody, a former principal, who is presently the system’s elementary supervisor.

    Current Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is stepping down on June 30 when his contract expires. Aytes was the school system’s elementary supervisor prior to becoming the director.

  • Harriman man jailed for cruelty to animal

    A Harriman man is accused of shooting at a small dog in the field behind his home at 110 Hassler Mill Road.

    Jerome Moore, 63, was initially charged with intentional killing of an animal, aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment according to arrest records.

    The dog survived the shooting and is mending, according to law enforcement, so those charges may be changing.

    According to Harriman Police Detective Dan Schneider’s affidavit of complaint, officers responded to a call that Moore had shot a small dog on March 24.