Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: Ice cream once grew, but it’s not what you think

    Considering the widespread and still-growing interested in gardening, it is not surprising how often the dividing lines between herbs, flowers and weeds become somewhat blurred.

    Some of the plants considered to be the worst weeds turn out to be the most valuable of medicinal herbs, and some of the prettiest of the old-fashioned flowers our grandmothers carefully tended in their gardens turn out now to be classified as weeds.

    It all depends on just what angle you are looking from and what you call it.

  • Arrests: Aug. 11-14, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Aug. 11 — Gregory McClain Anderson, 34, 302 Ayers Drive, Harriman: violation of probation. Bond $2,000; court date Sept. 22.

    • Ernest Paul Bright, 32, 720 Elm St., Rockwood: violation of probation (after-trial mittimus). No bond listed; court date July 28.

    • Darrell Glenn Goddard, 60, 147 Pine Ridge Road, Harriman: aggravated assault. Bond $2,500; court date Sept. 29.

  • General Sessions Court: April 9-11, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 9 — Terrance Hall, financial responsibility law: dismissed

    Kara Massengale, speeding: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Ashley Chessor, speeding, driver license address required within 10 days: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Marvin C. Johnson, financial responsibility law, light law-motor vehicle: dismissed.

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.

  • INSIDE the FIRST AMENDMENT: What’s up with media in Missouri?

    What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Mo., and journalists?

    The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer identified Friday as the man who shot and killed Brown.

    In the confusion and violence of the first nights of violence, journalists first reported being ordered away from where rioting occurred or barred from entering the city.

  • Mitchell brings loads of experience to OS


  • Roane teams gear up for season at jamboree


    High school football fans in Roane County got to see all five county teams in action Friday evening at the 2014 Roane County Football Jamboree.

  • Fishing Report


  • Squirrel season opens Saturday


    All Tennesseans are reminded that Saturday, Aug. 23 is the 2014 Free Hunting Day in Tennessee when state residents may hunt without a license. The annual event coincides with the opening day of squirrel season. 

  • Rough start for Rockwood


    The 2014 season got off to a rough start for the Rockwood Middle School Tigers Thursday evening as Scott Harvey's squad dropped a 24-0 decision at Rhea Middle.

    The Golden Eagles used a decisive size advantage on both sides of the ball to wear down the Tigers in the opener.