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Today's News

  • Howard says he fears parole violation

    Bryan K. Howard, a man convicted in a 2007 vehicular homicide case, didn’t deny being found asleep behind the wheel of a car last
    month.

    “It’s halfway true,” he said, about allegations in a July 16 arrest warrant.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica West charged him with driving on a revoked license and simple possession.

    According to the warrant, a woman identified as Victoria Edwards saw Howard slumped over in a car on the side of the cemetery on Sugar Grove Valley.

  • Officer who fired live round at school on leave

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall is on leave after he mistakenly shot a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise last Thursday.

    “He’s on administrative leave without pay until further notice,” Police Chief Danny Wright confirmed Friday afternoon.

    Wright said he talked to Hall after the incident, and he was contrite.

    “Jared knows he made a mistake, and he admitted it,” said Wright.

    Wright said he sent a distraught Hall home after the incident Thursday.

  • Summer’s last Splash!

    Roane County students had one last chance to enjoy public swimming at the Kingston Community Center pool on Thursday, thanks to Three Rivers Kiwanis Club’s “Back to School Splash Bash.”

    “It’s our way to say goodbye to summer,” Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross said. “We’ve had over 100 kids here, and I think they’ve had a lot of fun. We’ve had games, giveaways and music.”
    The event is held annually, but this year Three Rivers Kiwanis Club wanted to help.

  • Second round of races coming

    Candidates for open council seats in Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs have until this Thursday, Aug. 18, to turn in their petitions.

    Six candidates picked up petitions for three open Kingston City Council seats: incumbents Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Norman Sugarman, along with Tara Stockton, Stephanie L. Wright and Judd Garbett.

    Byrkit and Sugarman are the only two who had returned petitions as of Friday, employees with the Roane County Election commission confirmed Friday.

  • City asks for suit’s dismissal

    An attorney representing the city of Rockwood and Rockwood Police Sgt. Randy Keahey is asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Roane State Community College basketball player who is accusing a Rockwood patrolman of violating his due process rights and using excessive force.

    Former Rockwood patrolman Chris Kennedy used a pepper-spray like substance on Xavier Howard during a July 2015 incident at the Meadows Place Apartments in Rockwood.

  • Thompson has a senior-laden golf team at RHS

    The Rockwood High School golf team has played in five matches to open the 2016 season under Coach Guy Thompson. The boys are 5-0, while the girls are 3-1.

    "I've been doing golf for about 9 years. This year's team is a senior laden team. There are four senior boys: Trevor Delk, Zach Melton, Rickey McElhaney and James Albertson. We also have good young talent with Colton Nuckols, Eli Everhart, Cole Lawson, Landon Brock and Henry Tilley,” said Thompson.

  • Kingston, Midway golf teams have opened the season

    The high school golf season is under way, as all county teams have played matches.

    Kingston has a new coach in Lofton Gerberding and has played four matches - at Harriman, Knox Catholic at Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club, Midway and Stone Memorial.

    His roster has three girls - Olivia Akers, Christa Jane McFarland and Bailee Powell and 12 boys - Preston Allen, Luke Borum, Logan Carter, Garrett Clifton, Jesse Griffey, Collin Haba, Dawson Lane, Ben Mullis, Nick Smith, Jackson Taylor, Joe Tipton and Sam Wicks

  • Oliver Springs girls soccer team receiving some buzz this season

    The fall sports season is here, which means girl’s soccer will be starting around the county. 

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats are receiving some buzz surrounding their program this season. The Lady 'Cats lost seven players off last year's team with six of them being starters.
    Said Head Coach Josh Pryor, "I am excited about this upcoming season and their athleticism."

    Pryor is entering his sixth season as the head coach for the girls and has also been coaching the boys soccer team as well. 

  • OFFICER FIRES ROUND IN SCHOOL

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise on Thursday.

    No students were at school, which was open for staff development before the first full day of classes Friday.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gunshot sounds like.

  • Hickman says no to Harriman Council post

    Harriman voters may go to the polls in November to decide who will fill two upcoming City Council vacancies, but officials need to move quickly to ensure residents get to pick their favorite.

    Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn has been in talks with Roane County Election Commission officials because the outcome of the Aug. 4 city election left Harriman with two City Council vacancies.

    “The [Harriman City] Charter says the people can only serve until the next general election,” Rehn said.