Today's News

  • Rockwood Tigers 6u excel at St. Jude benefit baseball tournament


    Rockwood Tigers 6u show off their Pay It Forward medals from the St. Jude's benefit baseball tournament at Brillo "Miller" Sports Complex. Pictured include, Jordan Treadway, Bentley Reed, Walter Peyton Poland, Jacob Buckholtz, Aiden Amonette, Kenzie Tilly, Kielyn Hamby, Zailyn Dyer, Dane Francis and Chloe Kindrick.


    The purpose of Thursday’s Roane County Tea Party forum was for voters to get acquainted with the candidates for property assessor.

    It wasn’t about launching attacks.

    That’s why Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb had to step in a few times when things started to head in that direction.

    “This is just an introduction of who the candidates are,” he said. “It’s not a crucifixion of any of the candidates.”

  • Obama commutes Harriman man’s sentence

    Madie Love received her Mother’s Day gift early this year.

    She learned late last week that her son, Trevis Love, is one of 58 federal prisoners who saw their sentence commuted by President Barack Obama on Thursday.

    “It is the best Mother’s Day present any mom can get,” she said Friday morning. “We are just waiting for Sept. 2. He’ll be home for good.

    “The Love family is overwhelmed with joy,” she added, “We just thank God Almighty. We are grateful, and we are blessed,” she said.

  • Longtime road worker terminated

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson provided little information on the April 28 dismissal of longtime Road Department employee Jimmy Henry.

    May 20 would have marked 31 years that Henry worked for the Roane County Road Department.

    A review of Henry’s personnel file on Thursday didn’t reveal any reasons about why he was fired.

    Ferguson was brief when asked about the matter.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” he said.

    Henry described how Ferguson gave him the news.

  • 12-year-old’s bravery applauded

    Last Tuesday was more than the celebration of Lexi Storey’s 12th birthday.

    Harriman American Legion members and others in the community also gathered to celebrate the strength of Lexi, who awoke on April 29 to find her mother unconscious and not breathing.

    Lexi’s mother, Stephanie Gibson, died later that day.

  • New attorney for mom accused of starving son

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton appointed Knoxville attorney Wesley Stone to represent Amanda Dotson in her first-degree murder case.

    The order was signed on Friday.

    She was previously represented by the 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, but the office backed out in March because of a conflict.

    Amanda and Matthew Dotson face first-degree murder charges in Roane County Criminal Court for the death of their 2-year-old son, Clifford.

    He was allegedly starved to death.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Satisfy your fried green tomato appetite at The Mansion

    “Bethel, I’ve just been to a restaurant I think you’ll want to write about in an ‘Out to Lunch’ article,” Gerald Ross said during a recent telephone call.

    “It’s The Mansion in Sweetwater, upstairs over a flower, home décor and women’s clothing shop.”

    Many of you remember Gerald as the long time band director at Roane County High School. He also spent nine years as Kingston First Baptist Church’s choir director and 32 years as choir director at Caney Ford Baptist Church.

  • Sosa new to United Way staff

    Joanie Sosa has joined the Roane County United Way staff as the new community impact coordinator.

    The community impact coordinator is responsible for office management as well as furthering the work of community impact by helping those in need. It’s an expansion of the administrative assistant position rather than a newly created post.

    “I’m excited about Joanie joining us and looking forward to working with her,” said Dina Jackson, Roane County United Way executive director.

  • Ridgeview renovates its Harriman facility

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services recently celebrated the renovation of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Peer Support Center at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    “The programs in the newly remodeled facility complete and complement Ridgeview’s continuum of services and promote opportunities for individuals to realize their goals,” said CEO Brian Buuck.

  • Ichiban bringing Japanese cuisine to Roane

    Roane County residents no longer will have to travel to Knoxville for fresh sushi and tasty Japanese cuisine.

    A couple who once operated China Panda Buffett in Spring City is opening Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in the former Cancun Mexican Restaurant at 1889 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    “We’ll have hibachi, steak, chicken and then sushi, hibachi and teriyaki and seafood,” said Sammy Huang.