Local News

  • Appeals court upholds Smoot conviction

    Mistakes made by the prosecution in the murder trial of Shawn Smoot were not sufficient to convince an appeals court to reverse his conviction for the first degree murder of Brooke Morris in October 2011.

    In an opinion issued earlier this week, the Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Knoxville ruled on the issues raised in the appeal, coming to the conclusion there was no error in the 2016 judgment of the trial court.

  • Tapp ‘tapped’ as HPD chief

    By Richard Evans
    On Monday, the City of Harriman removed the “acting” label from Barron Tapp’s job title and named him the new chief of police.

    The appointment took effect immediately.

    “It means a lot more responsibility. Now when you look at things it’s like everything falls on your shoulders,” Tapp said of the appointment.

  • Schools stay silent on wheel tax

    School officials apparently have no plans to campaign for a $50 wheel tax that could provide much needed financial support for their building program.

    “I have no intentions,” Roane County Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “I don’t really know what the wheel tax was about.”

    Board of Education Member Rob Jago declined to comment when asked about supporting the wheel tax.

    “No comment,” he said. “I wouldn’t know anything to say on it.”

  • RCHS alarm now repaired

    Problems with the fire alarm system at Roane County High School recently prompted a letter from the Roane County Commission to the Roane County Board of Education.

    The letter, which was addressed to schools Director Gary Aytes and School Board Chairperson Nadine Jackson, was written on Roane County Commission letterhead and signed by Commission Chairman Randy Ellis.

  • Longtime grand jury foreman remembered

    By Richard Evans
    Charles “Doc” Snow, a longtime fixture of the Roane County legal system, died Friday at the age of 87.
    After starting his career as a deputy clerk in 1960, Snow was elected Roane County Circuit Court Clerk in 1966.
    He held the position until he retired in 1990.
    In 1992, Snow returned to serve the legal system in a new capacity when he was appointed as foreman of the grand jury by then Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.
    He held the position for 25 years.

  • Commissioner finds arrow in fence at home

    Roane County Commissioner Darryl Meadows found an arrow sticking in his wooden fence earlier this month.

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to Meadows residence to investigate.

    “I was shown an arrow still sticking out of a post that was part of a fence that circled his pool,” Hall wrote in his report.

    “The arrow was a carbon fiber Easton arrow, probably from a compound bow. Darryl along with myself were concerned because this embedded arrow could have struck a person.”

  • WWI hero York film showing at Princess Theatre

    The 100th anniversary of U.S. Army Sgt. Alvin York’s heroics during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I is Oct. 8.

    To commemorate that moment in history, the Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures and York family will have a screening of the classic film Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Princess Theatre, 421 North Roane St., Harriman.

    Roane State President Chris Whaley will discuss his love of the film, and several York family members will speak briefly as well.

  • Roane adds six positions in schools

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a budget amendment last week that will add six new positions.

    “All of these are non-grant, locally funded positions,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    One of the positions is a staff accountant that Harbin said is “desperately needed.”

  • Motorcycle thief sneaks off with two motorcycles in Rockwood

    Someone could be stealing motorcycles in Rockwood.

    Officer Rick Thomas took a report from a Timothy A. Flynn on Saturday, Sept. 15, about Flynn’s missing motorcycle.

    “The motorcycle is a Honda 250 black in color with red writing around the letters,” the report said.

    “Mr. Flynn stated on Sept. 3, 2018, he left the motorcycle and a black and yellow helmet at a friend’s residence at 222 S. Church Street and went out of town to visit family for the holiday,” the report said.