Today's News

  • Harriman police looking for bridal shop robber

    Harriman police are seeking help finding a man who robbed McKinney’s Bridal at 410 Ruritan Road on Saturday.

    According to police, the suspect robbed the store around 2 p.m. Oct. 15. The man had covered his face with a dark colored hood and glasses.

    The suspect entered the store while an employee was in the back. He was behind the register when she approached him, according to reports.

    He had his hands in his pockets, intentionally suggesting he had a gun or weapon.

  • Foland pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

    A Rockwood man charged in a 2013 fatal crash appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    Johnny Ray Foland faced charges of DUI first offense, DUI sixth offense, implied consent violation, driving while revoked, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, vehicular homicide by intoxication and aggravated vehicular homicide.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The remaining charges were dismissed.

  • Harriman looks into coming down on messy properties

    Harriman City Council is looking to get tough on property maintenance offenders.

    The Council is considering creating and hiring an administrative hearing officer position to address property maintenance issues.

    Creating the position would give the city an opportunity to penalize offenders more than a city judge, who is allowed to only deal with traffic citations and other cases.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Why run it? Because it’s news

    The front page of Monday’s Roane County News featured a story on Tyler Overstreet, candidate for state House in the 32nd District.

    Overstreet and an acquaintance have been accused of entering a home in Kingston without permission, threatening and possibly striking one of the people in the home.

    According to the police report, there were no injuries, although one person claims to have been injured.

  • TVAA ends season; bowl games scheduled

    The final week of the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) regular season saw everything work itself out through the various tiebreakers and the field has been set for the bowl championships set for this Saturday at Kingston and Midway.
    The three unbeaten teams in the league, the Harriman Hoppers, and the Spring City Crickets and Cutters, held on to their undefeated streaks and will try to go 11-0 Saturday.
    Two teams that finished without a win, the Midway Crickets and Rockwood Hoppers, will get one more chance to pick up a win Saturday.

  • Lady Tigers lose to Greeneville in sectional tournament Saturday

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers soccer team concluded their best season ever after losing 9-1 in the sectional at Greeneville Saturday evening for Coach Don Maples, whose team finished 18-6 overall, including 10-1 in regular season district play and 3-3 in the post-season.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Strong voter turnout bodes well

    For a lot of reasons 2016 is going to be an election that will go down in the record books.

    We might see the first female elected president. We might see a candidate who’s never run for any political office elected president.

    I’m hoping one of the reasons this election year is remembered is that it sets a new record in terms of voter participation.

  • GLIMPSES: Historical perspectives on political parties

    By Mark Banker

    My recent assertion that the emergence of political parties undermined the electoral college undoubtedly affirmed deep misgivings shared by many readers.

    Americans in 2016 disagree about anything and everything – including the electoral college. But one current point of consensus is hostility against two widely unpopular candidates and the political parties that nominated them.

    Historical perspectives on the American two-party system both validate and raise questions about this present mindset.

  • Cherokee Yellow Jackets sting Huntsville Bears to secure championship berth against Eagleton

    Other than the rain, all else was perfect for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets on Thursday night as they defeated the Huntsville Bears 38-0 to earn a berth in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA State Championship game.
    “First and foremost I want to thank my kids, my coaches, and all our fans for our support throughout the year. I wouldn’t be here without my assistant coaches and the support the parents have provided us,” said Cherokee head coach Brent Kelley.

  • OSMS Bobcats bite Wartburg Bulldogs 64-16 to earn berth in Class AA title game

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats defeated the Wartburg Middle School Bulldogs in a second round play TMSAA playoff game on a rainy night In Oliver Springs, posting a 64-16 victory to punch their ticket to the championship game next week in Jacksboro.
    Oliver Springs advances into the Class AA championship game against Oneida, 32-6, winners over Rockwood, at 3 p.m. this Satuday at Campbell County High School.