Today's News

  • Free breakfast and flu shots offered at VEC’s annual meeting Oct. 4

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative will host its 78th annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 4, at Meigs County Middle School in Decatur.

    VEC serves many customers in Roane County.

    The events are slated to begin at 8 a.m. and will run until about noon.

    Those attending will be able to choose between a pancake breakfast and a continental breakfast.

    Free flu shots will also be available until 9:30 a.m. Medicare recipients should bring their card.

    Each member attending will receive a free goody bag, and numerous door prizes will also be awarded.

  • Food, games, hayrides and fun
  • Tips rolling in on robbery, attack

    The search contunues for three suspects who not only robbed a Harriman convenience store, but also stabbed the clerk who did not resist them.

    Last Friday’s early morning robbery happened at the Eagle Food Mart at 909 Georgia St.

    The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for knife injuries.

    “He was back to work by that afternoon,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The armed robbery occurred early Friday, Sept. 26, according to the Harriman Police Department.

  • McFarland lawsuit is tossed

    A judge has stepped in the way of Tom McFarland’s wish to become a judge — at least for now.

    On Tuesday, Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood dismissed the former Roane County Attorney’s lawsuit trying to overturn Mike Pemberton’s successful election in a close race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland contends Pemberton didn’t meet the one-year residency requirement to run for judge and wanted the election results voided.

  • Officers participate in mandatory training
  • Don’t hold breath on school funding

    Changes may eventually come to the way the state allocates money to school systems, but local officials aren’t optimistic.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he heard as much from the top during a superintendents meeting he attended last month.

    “The governor spoke to us and said there will not be a change this year,” Aytes said.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got the same impression from a Basic Education Program Task Force meeting he attended in Nashville on Sept. 23.

  • TWFC sets commercial fishing regulations



    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the state’s 2014-15 commercial fishing proclamation at its September meeting.

  • Use caution with tree stands


    Tennessee’s statewide deer seasons officially began for 2014 with the September 27 opening of the archery season and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is urging hunters to use care when hunting from a tree stand.

  • Lady Tigers cruise past Scott, 6-1


    The Rockwood Lady Tigers started slow Monday evening in their match-up against Scott High, but once Wes Ford's ladies got rolling it was all over, as the Lady Tigers improved to 14-1 on the season with a 6-1 victory over the Lady Highlanders.


    After seeing their request for additional local funding go nowhere the last two years, Roane County school officials are considering other options to deal with their financial crisis.

    “We’re looking at $3.5 million — possibly more — of cuts,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Harbin and Director of Schools Gary Aytes met with the Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Thursday.