Today's News

  • Veterans Day observance set at Oak Grove Cemetery

    A Veterans Day ceremony is planned at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

    The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the cemetery’s flag pole.

    The event includes a flag ceremony with area Boy Scouts placing a flag after the name of every war is named.

    Veteran Lexi Sinnott will speak.

    “She was an Army vet and she was in Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan,” said April Foust, commander of the Rockwood VFW.

    Jamie Jordan, chaplain at The Bridge at Rockwood, will sing.

  • Big ‘trunk-or-treat’ a big draw for city’s downtown

    More than 4,000 children are estimated to have participated in the big Halloween “trunk-or-treat” event at the former Roane Medical Center.

    Organizer Robert Rogers said one of the participating churches told him it distributed more than 4,000 pamphlets at the event.

    “We ended up with nine churches involved and had a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “So if the hospital is sold, we plan on finding somewhere else” to have it next year, he said.

    The city owns the hospital building, which is up for sale.

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  • Cobb estate granted $1,000 for bad check

    James Cobb’s estate has won another judgment against Tammy Rosado.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey ruled on Friday that Rosado must pay the estate $1,033.31 for a dishonored check.

    “I don’t remember putting a stop payment on the check,” she said.

    “I’m granting a judgment based on the evidence that I have in the amount of $1,033.31,” Humphrey responded. “You don’t deny it. You say you don’t remember doing it.”

  • Smokehouse has new look, expanded menu

    The location and management are the same, but the The Smokehouse Bar and Grill sure isn’t.

    What was once a small roadside eatery and tavern, is now a full-sized bar and restaurant, with a variety of meal options and evening activities for an across the board audience.

    Owners Jot and Brenda Raymond decided to completely gut and rebuild The Smokehouse earlier this year.

    They spent three months on the overhaul, which tripled seating - from 40 to about 130 - and expanded its floor space for live music, karaoke and big screen sporting events.

  • Hollywood flair at yearly event

    This year’s Roane Gala returned to the Volkswagen Group of America building in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    This year’s event featured a Hollywood-worthy red carpet, photo booth, disc jockey Sterl the Pearl and many occasions for the selfie stick to be used.

    Once again, the traditional auction was by auctioneer Bear Stephenson after a meal by Gloria Jeans Southern Provisions. Entertainment was provided by Nashville recording artist Chris Hennessee.

  • Driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI

    Robin Waynette Ledbetter, a 43-year-old Harriman woman, has been charged with vehicular homicide in a Valentine’s Day crash that claimed the life of a Harriman father.

    The Roane County grand jury returned the indictment against Ledbetter on Oct. 19.

    She was arrested on Monday.

    In addition to vehicular homicide, the grand jury also indicted Ledbetter for DUI, reckless endangerment and two counts of vehicular assault.

    Terrance Clark died in the Feb. 14 wreck. He was 46.

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  • Haunted Hospital volunteer accused in groping incident

    A volunteer at Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital is accused of groping a woman and her granddaughter during last week’s event.

    Larry Davis, 30, is charged with sexual battery and public intoxication in the Oct. 29 incident.

    “I’m completely innocent,” Davis said Thursday. “I didn’t do anything to anybody.”

    The Haunted Hospital was held at the old Roane Medical Center on Devonia Street.

    Davis wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people during the event.

  • Harriman lineman up for Mr. Football honor

    TSSAA released its list of semifinalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards Thursday morning, and the news was good for Harriman’s Trey Peters.

    Peters is one of four semifinalists for the Class 1A Lineman of the Year award.

    “I’m tickled. This is a great honor,” Peters said. “This is something I never really expected. I’m kind of at a loss for words. I just went out every day trying to do the best I could to help our team.”