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Today's News

  • Woman wants grocer charged with assault

    Misty Dawn Presswood doesn’t deny shoplifting at the Rockwood IGA last month, but she insists store owner Roger Sharp should have been charged with assault for the way he responded.

    “He struck me in my face,” she said.

    Sharp denies the accusation.

    “I grabbed her around the shoulders and neck, but I didn’t punch her or choke her,” he said.

  • 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.

  • Harriman hopes for grant for sidewalks, more

    Harriman is holding a public hearing for a Transportation Alternative Program grant prior to their regular Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday.

    The public hearing is at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    “It can be used for sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian lighting, crosswalks, crosswalks indicators, etc.,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Harriman man charged with murder

    A Harriman man has been charged in a Blount County homicide.

    According to the Alcoa Police Department, 20-year-old Isaiah S. Wright was arrested Wednesday by Harriman police.

    Wright is charged with criminal homicide in the July 25 death of 18-year-old Caleb Thomas Radford of Maryville.

    Radford’s body was found with multiple stab wounds on Topside Road in Louisville. He was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

  • State puts OS on notice for sewer plant violations

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation found a number of violations during a visit to the Oliver Springs Wastewater Plant last month.

    “In August 2017, a routine inspection was conducted at the wastewater plant resulting in a Notice of Violation being issued. Discrepancies were noted in the areas of flow measurement and recording, sample collection, laboratory procedures as well as operational issues,” said Eric Ward, communications director of TDEC.

    Oliver Springs Manager Chris Mason said the issues were being addressed.

  • SIGN of the times
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.

  • Third time's the charm

    Unemployment rates in Tennessee decreased last month in all 95 counties and significantly dropped in many rural counties, which often have the highest unemployment rates in the state.

    The county figures were released one week after the state posted an August statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent – the lowest in recorded history.

  • Cherokee clinches district with win

    By Brittani Barger
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets took on the Eagleton Royals on Thursday night and continued their winning streak defeating Eagleton 32-8.

  • Bobcats edged in heartbreaker

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats outperformed Claiborne County Friday night before falling, 12-10, in the last minute of the game in a non-district road game

    “Our guys played their hearts out tonight,” Oliver Springs Coach Larry Green said, “they gave a good enough effort to win a ball game.

    “The defense was outstanding tonight.

    “We outrushed them, out gained them tonight, held them scoreless in the second and third quarter.”