Today's News

  • Pro wrestling Hall-of-Famers please fans in Rockwood

    On Friday, March 31 the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tag team of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of WrestleMania 33 weekend in Orlando.

    However, professional wrestling’s biggest event, the former world tag-team champions spent Saturday night in Rockwood wrestling in front of a packed house in a smaller venue as part of Mid-South Wrestling Alliance’s Mid-South Mania event at National Guard Armory.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: A Leadership project to remember

    I’ve learned a lot about Roane County history, government and social services in the past seven months during which I have been enrolled in the Leadership Roane County Class of 2017.

    Each month we’ve focused on a different subject and invested an entire day getting to meet county leaders and others involved in all the various departments, agencies and facilities that add value to Roane County.

    This week our class heads to Nashville to tour the state House before meeting with the governor and other state elected officials.

  • GLIMPSES: Happy birthday, Michael Dunn Center!

    In 1969, five Roane County families met to discuss the lack of services for their developmentally disabled children and grandchildren.

    Two years later, in March 1971, the group formally organized the Exceptional Children’s Day Care. C.R. Lay, grandfather of a young man with Down syndrome, spearheaded these early efforts. Eventually, the program took the name of Lay’s grandson.

  • Domestic assault charge against Rockwood High principal dismissed

    The domestic assault charge against Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood was dismissed Monday afternoon in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    The alleged victim is his wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood. She appeared with him in court.

    “I do not wish to pursue the case against him,” she wrote in a letter that was entered into the court record. “I do not fear Shannon. He has taken it upon himself to seek counseling with a private licensed marriage and family therapist.”


    A standing room only crowd in Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium Thursday night witnessed some history, as the Harriman Blue Devils defeated the Grace Christian Academy Rams 76-63 to claim their first Region 2A championship since 2007 and their first win over GCA since 2013.
    After winning the region title in 2007, the Blue Devils lost to Cloudland 50-47 in the sectional.
    Harriman will host Cosby tonight at 7 with the winner earning a berth in the Class A state tournament beginning March 15 at MTSU's Murphy Center.

  • Man accused of holding teen hostage

    A juvenile female was allegedly held hostage by a wanted man last week. Kenneth Michael John is charged with evading arrest and false imprisonment in the incident.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, John had outstanding warrants for aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and theft of property under $500.

    Cpl. Kyle Canup and Capt. Tim Hawn with the sheriff’s office went to 678 Skyline Drive to arrest him on those warrants on Feb. 28.

  • Celebrating a century of Turnip

    In his 100 years, Ernest Rose has set quite an example to live by.

    The charming centenarian known by many as “Turnip” was celebrated — first last weekend at a crowded room in

    Shoney’s Restaurant, then again on his actual birthday, Wednesday, March 1, at Harriman’s McDonalds.

    It’s proof that his sweet presence has touched many lives.

    “I’m proud of the whole crowd. I’m proud of everyone here,” said

  • Jeggings jam up dress code

    The Roane County Board of Education’s dress code policy doesn’t mention leggings or Jeggings, but that could change.
    Both leggings and Jeggings, a tight type of skinny jeans, were discussed during a meeting of the board’s Dress Code Policy Committee on Thursday.  
    “We may have to have a point about Jeggings, leggings, etc.,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “There may have to be a talking point around it.”

  • Sheriff investigating Friday shooting

    Police responded to a shooting at 224 Pickard Hollow Road Friday morning.
    “Officers arrived on scene and found a Brian Keith Bunch with a gunshot wound to the chest,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “He was shot by a 9 mm handgun one time in the chest.”
    As of Friday afternoon, no charges had been filed against the shooter, who Stockton identified as Scott McCoy.

  • Second to rec director coming in April

    Harriman should have an assistant parks and recreation director by sometime in April.
    City Manager Kevin Helms said they are advertising the position and hope to offer it to someone in the coming weeks.
    “We were going to take applications at least until through the 9th and weren’t really going to start taking any action on it until after that,” he added.
    From there, it would depend on the notice the candidate would need to give to their current employers.