Today's News

  • Oliver Springs house fire


    Firefighters responded to a house fire at 5214 Harriman Hwy. Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported. A caller told dispatchers that flames could be seen coming from the home. According to Tennessee real estate records, the owner of the property is Samuel Price.

  • DUI prosecution set back

    A decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could have major ramifications in drunk-driving cases across Tennessee.

    “We’re looking at it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    “We’re talking to the people in Nashville that run the DUI programs about what the response is going to be, but clearly, no more forced blood draws.”

    The case — Missouri v. McNeely — involved a man who was stopped by a police officer for speeding and crossing the road’s centerline.

  • Purloined tenderloin case ends with plea

    A woman accused of stealing $206.89 worth of filet mignon by hiding it in her pantyhose pleaded guilty to shoplifting in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    Annie Smith, 60, was sentenced to probation for a year and fined $100. Smith must also pay $206.89 in restitution and is banned from the Rockwood IGA.

    Randy Harris, Smith’s co-defendant in the case, was also scheduled to appear on Monday, but court officials said he was a no-show.

    The theft occurred at IGA on March 9 and was captured by the store’s security camera.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Badminton-bee game not all that fun

    It’s spring, and the buzz around my neighborhood right now involves carpenter bees and what to do about them.

    For years, I’d adopted a live-and-let-live attitude, leaving the bee battling to my fierce red heeler, Merlin. In his younger days, he used to put on quite the air show, leaping, twisting, snapping and snarling at the bees, who you could almost hear snicker as they gyrated in the air just out of reach.

    In recent years, I’ve noticed the carpenter bee holes in the framework of my big shed beginning to expand.

  • Avoid Kingston levee on Sunday

    TVA has once again scheduled lane closures for core-drilling work to assess the health of the Kingston dike.

    A news release from TVA said one lane of U.S. 70 in Kingston at the Kingston dike will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

    Flaggers will be directing traffic.

    TVA announced earlier this year they would be doing core drilling at all 49 of their dams and dikes to evaluate the health of the structures.

  • Robot team needs money

    The Roane County High School FIRST Robotics team is working down to the wire to raise funds to defray the cost of attending the world championship in St. Louis.

    Students still have several thousand dollars to raise and ask that people consider donating by going to www.fundraise.com/tn-first-robotics/roane-county-high-school-robotics-team.

    According to the team’s fundraising website, they have raised only $1,530 of their $5,000 goal as of Thursday morning.

    The website said the team needs $11,000 to go.

  • Kingston rips Scott in doubleheader

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets traveled to Huntsville Tuesday evening and picked up a doubleheader sweep of the Scott Lady Highlanders in District 4-AA action.

  • Rockwood falls in rematch with Grace Christian, 30-17

    Seventeen runs will win a lot of baseball games. Putting a 17 on the scoreboard will even win quite a few football games.

    But on a strange Tuesday evening in Rockwood, 17 runs didn’t even have the Tigers within striking distance as the Grace Christian Rams left Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex with a 30-17 victory over the Tigers.

  • Tigers bomb Grace Christian in grand fashion, 19-7


    Roane Newspapers

    Coming into Tuesday evening’s game with Rockwood, Grace Christian hadn’t lost a district game since May 2010. The last team to beat the Rams were the Rockwood Tigers by a score of 7-6. 

  • OS misses out on sweep

    Manufacturing runs in softball is all about the philosophy of 1) getting them on, 2) getting them over, and 3) getting them in.