Today's News

  • Lady Patriots pick up wins

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Lady Patriots used solid defense to pick up a 41-26 victory over Cedar View Christian School last Friday and a 35-24 victory over Temple Baptist Academy on Monday.

    Mt. Pisgah vs. Cedar View

  • Freels signs with Tennessee Tech

    Rockwood’s Hayden Freels has dreamed of playing college football for as long as he can remember. Now he will be getting that chance as Wednesday morning, the 6’4”, 215-pound Tiger senior signed his National Letter of Intent with Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

  • Attorney takes over estate

    Attorney James Logan encountered no opposition on Tuesday in his quest to become administrator of Clyde Houston’s estate.
    “The court will allow the petitioner, Mr. Logan, to be administrator of the estate of Clifford Clyde Houston,” Judge Jeff Wicks ruled at the conclusion of a brief hearing in Roane County Probate Court.
    Clyde, a former Roane County commissioner, died on March 14, 2012. He had five children – daughters Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer, and sons Rocky, Leon and Tommy Houston.
    Burris and Cofer were present for the hearing.

  • Henry interim DCS head

    Roane County’s Jim Henry has been named interim commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services after the resignation of Kate O’Day.
    O’Day had been hit with heavy questioning in the deaths of children who had been involved with DCS.
    “Kate has informed me that she felt the time was right to step down,” Gov. Bill Halam announced in a press release Tuesday.

  • Weekend snow goes away fast

    Roane County was blanketed by snow on and off this weekend, concealing roadways in white Saturday morning and again briefly Sunday morning.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson kept the public updated at his Facebook account of road conditions.
    On Saturday even the main roads were covered in white.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the department was able to put their newest vehicle, the Ranger 1, into action.
    The small off-road vehicle was purchased with donations last year.

  • Houston determined to represent self

    Rocky Houston was reminded about the adage that says a man who represents himself has a fool for an attorney.
    “You understand the reason behind that saying?” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. asked. “It’s not a very smart or wise thing to do.”
    Despite the risk and Shirley’s repeated advice that he do otherwise, Houston decided to proceed as his own counsel in his federal firearms case.
    “At this point, you’re giving up your right to be represented by an attorney?” Shirley asked.

  • Inmate jumps from balcony in Roane jail

    An ambulance responded to the Roane County Jail Tuesday morning after an inmate jumped from a balcony in one of the housing pods.
    A dispatch report said the inmate was “hurting all over.” He was taken to Roane Medical Center.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said he’s not sure why the inmate jumped.
    “There’s really no telling why,” he said. “Sometimes people do things for attention. I really don’t know.”

  • Prepare for quake with ShakeOut

    Tennesseans are among the more than 2.5 million people expected to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill.

    The ShakeOut will be at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7.

    It is a multi-state earthquake drill for millions of people to simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

    • Drop to the ground;

    • Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and

  • Things to Do: Feb. 8-22, 2013

    Editor’s note: The deadline for including items in Calendar is at least one week before the event. Items appear as a public service as space is available. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities are open to the public.
    FRIDAY, FEB. 8
    • A public country music show and dance featuring The Riverfront Band will be from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Harriman American Legion. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.


  • Five generations of Burchfields

    Five generations of Carrie Burchfield’s family gathering for the recent holidays are, from left, Burchfield, 85; her son, Carl Burchfield; her grandson, David Burchfield; her great-granddaughter, Whitney Burchfield; and her great-great-granddaughter, Aleah Jewel Burchfield.