Today's News

  • Rockwood, Oakdale split games

    The Rockwood basketball teams will return to the court Friday night against Harriman in their District 3A rematch, after splitting a pair of games with Oakdale on the final night of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic Friday at Harriman High School.
    The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Eagles 39-32 to finish the tournament 3-0, while the Eagles beat the Tigers 50-43 to finish 1-2 in the tournament.

  • Oliver Springs defeats Midway 70-66

    The Midway basketball teams lost a pair of games in the final day of the Jim Cordell Christmas Classic at Harriman Middle School, as the Lady Waves were beaten by perennial power Jackson County 62-44, while the Green Wave lost to county rival Oliver Springs 70-66.
    Jackson County 62, Midway 44: For a half, the girls from “South Of the River” held firm against the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils, but Jackson County’s Kyleigh Hardy nearly single-handedly maimed the Midway Lady Waves defense in the second half en route to a 62-44 win.

  • OFF the CUFF: Retreat from out-of-town meeting

    Our elected officials — whether they be in a tiny Tennessee town or Washington, D.C. — serve at our pleasure.

    We entrust them to pave our roads, buy our children’s school books, provide us with police and fire protection, give us libraries, and dispose of our waste (both rubbish and sewage).

    They provide these services via our dollars, whether it’s from taxes or fees.

    We choose them, they use our money to spend for us. Operating transparently is the least they can do in return.

  • Death at Kingston store said to be of natural causes

    From staff reports

    Kingston Fire Department received a call around noon on Friday about a woman unconscious in the bathroom of the Cash Saver grocery store at 615 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Emergency responders found the woman not breathing.

    “She went to the restroom, and management went to check on her about 20 to 25 minutes later,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said the woman died of natural causes.

    There will be no autopsy, Boduch said.

  • New look for EMS digs

    From staff reports

    Roane County Ambulance Service main office has received a much needed makeover.

    Several new ambulances have also been put into service to replace older units, said Emergency Medical Services Director Tim Suter.

    The Ambulance Service has three stations throughout the community. The main office at the Central Services Building on Roane State Hwy., Midtown, houses two crews for their entire 24-hour shift.

    EMS personnel live, eat and sleep in this station.

  • Ex-Loudon color guard instructor now in custody

    Former Loudon High School color guard instructor Zachary Tapp turned himself in at the Roane County Jail on Dec. 26.

    Criminal Court Court Judge Jeff Wicks ordered Tapp to report to custody by that date to start serving a one-year sentence for his statutory rape convictions.

    It was a Loudon County case, but Tapp’s attorney, Scott McCluen, asked Wicks if Tapp could serve his time at the Roane County Jail. Wicks said he was OK with that, and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton didn’t object to having Tapp housed here.

  • Largen wants judge off case

    Gerald Largen has filed a motion to recuse Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton from the lawsuit he has filed against the city of Harriman regarding the legality of a decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    “The said judge has now abandoned any semblance of impartiality between the parties in this controversy,” Largen wrote in his motion.

  • Tiger Town from On High
  • Fire engulfs South of the River home

    A young family lost their home in a Monday fire at 289 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile.

    The home belonged to Brandon and Amanda Cardwell, who had two young children.

    Fire Chief Sam Wolfe of South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department said the call came in at 3:46 p.m.

    “Unfortunately, the house, when we got there, it was through the roof and completely involved,” said Wolfe.

    “We believe it started in a propane heater that was back in the kitchen and bedroom area of the house,” he added.

  • Road staff working to make the going easier in the snow

    With a possibility for snow later in the week, Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson is keeping a close eye on the forecast.

    “We’re prepared and ready to go if it snows,” Ferguson said Tuesday morning. “We’ve got lots of salt in the yard at Midtown. All the trucks are loaded and ready to go if it snows.”

    Ferguson believes preparation is the key to handling winter weather.

    With snow in the forecast, he stays in constant contact with the National Weather Service.