Today's News


    The Harriman Blue Devils open Class A state tournament play Thursday at 6 p.m. CDT against the Mitchell Tigers after winning the sectional tournament 10 days ago.

    “Everybody is there for a reason, but if you have to play them (Mitchell) I’d rather play them first when we’re rested,” Shannon said. “They’re really deep and they really get after it on defense so you want to play them when you’re fresh.”

  • Rockwood splits with Grace Christian

    By Michael Lindsay


    Rockwood had not defeated Grace Christian Academy in baseball since the 2014 season, but that changed Monday afternoon as the Tigers split the opening District 3A series of the 2017 season with the Rams.

    Grace took game one by a score of 7-2, but Rockwood rallied to win game two 3-2 in nine innings.

  • Lady Tigers beat Oak Ridge

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers softball team posted a 12-9 victory over the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats Monday afternoon.
    Rockwood scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a walk, a single by Tiani Porter, a passed ball and a double by Cassidy Tilley.
    The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the third inning on a couple of errors and several groundouts.

  • Burglary suspect held at gunpoint

    A suspected burglar was held at gunpoint by a Roane County couple Tuesday morning. Homer Parnell Fox, 41, is charged with theft of property under $1,000, aggravated burglary, burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, vandalism under $500 and resisting arrest in the incident.

    According to the report, Judith Elrod was asleep in her 914 Webster Road residence when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs.

  • Fired road worker suing county

    Jim Henry, a former employee with the Roane County Road Department, is suing the county in federal court for $1 million.

    Henry, who lives in Monroe County, worked for the Road Department for nearly 31 years. Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson fired him last spring.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” Ferguson told the Roane County News about the firing shortly after it happened.

  • Avalon helps domestic abuse victims

    Domestic violence victims often take many attempts to finally leave their abusers.

    When Roane County victims decide to make that break, there is somewhere to go.

    Avalon Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program founded in Cumberland County in 1984, has a shelter in nearby Cumberland County.

    The program also serves as advocates for neighboring counties that now include Roane.

    “We were getting a lot of calls from clients in this area,” said Rachel Bruning, Avalon executive director.

  • Mass-transit rescues can take their toll

    Dozens of emergency fire and rescue personnel from Roane and surrounding counties recently participated in a training exercise at the Roane County Rescue Squad headquarters in Midtown.

    The three-day exercise in mass-transit rescue skills was designed to instruct rescue squad volunteers in techniques dealing with incidents involving school buses, tour buses and trains, said Roane County Rescue Squad Capt. Eddie Jones.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane well represented in Nashville

    Last week, my Leadership Roane County Class of 2017 experienced one of the most informative sessions of the entire course.

    For two days, our class had the opportunity to visit Nashville to learn about the legislative and judicial branches of state government.

  • Training to be a weather spotter

    Weather can wreak havoc on a community, but a watchful eye can help residents stay safe.

    A packed room at Rockwood Community Center took part in free weather spotter training from the National Weather Service in Morristown, offered by the Roane County Amateur Radio Club.

    “Why are they going toward the tornado? Go the other way!” exclaimed Keegan Logan while watching footage of a tornado shown at the training.

    Logan and Tyler Logan were at the event as part of earning a merit badge on amateur radio.