Local News

  • Former Roane man on the run

    Steven Joshua Wiggins, the man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a sergeant with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, has ties to Roane County.

    Harriman resident Sara Pierce said she and Wiggins were classmates at the old Central Intermediate School in Harriman.

    “He kicked a teacher and was expelled for that,” Pierce said. “I didn’t see him again after that because he didn’t stay in the school system.”

  • Woman lies to duck nonexistent warrant

    A woman’s alleged attempt at deception didn’t end well last week. Instead of being allowed to go on her way, Angela Schweitzer was taken to jail.

    Schweitzer was a passenger in a Toyota that Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle stopped because he thought the driver was waving at him to talk.

    “When I approached the vehicle, the driver, Jordan Hickey, stated to me she was not needing me,” the report said. “She was just using her hands to explain an attack that had happened to her in the past.”

  • OSHS OK’d for block scheduling

    Oliver Springs High School is looking to join Midway Elementary School in receiving a Tennessee STEM School designation.

    “That’s our goal,” Oliver Springs High School Principal Justin Nivens told the Roane County Board of Education earlier this month.

    Nivens said OSHS will need some help in achieving that designation and asked the school board to allow his school to go to block scheduling.

  • Police seize $10,000 worth of drugs

    The Harriman Police Department arrested four individuals and made a major drug seizure over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Harriman police seized about $10,000 in drugs in addition to money, a vehicle and guns in one of the department’s largest narcotics cases involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.

    “We can’t remember that much methamphetamine in several years,” said Acting Police Chief Kenny Humphrey.

  • Ferguson pitches 5% pay raise for road employees

    People who work for the Roane County Road Department are in line to get a 5 percent raise in the upcoming fiscal year.

    “I think everybody when they work they like getting a raise,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee has approved the road department’s 2018-19 budget, which includes the 5 percent raise for employees.

  • ALL ABOARD! STEM, literacy hit the road on RoCo Discovery Bus

    Roane County Schools will be taking literacy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education into the community with a colorful school “Discovery” bus created by the Roane County Leadership Class of 2018.

    The Leadership Roane County program is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Roane State Community College.

    Each class takes on a project to benefit the community, said Teresa Duncan, Roane State vice president of workforce development.

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  • Kingston game store raided

    Law enforcement officers descended on Packard’s Games & Movies in Kingston on Thursday.

    A large Penske moving truck was backed up to the front door, and officers could be seen putting items into boxes and putting them on the truck.

    The officers were on the scene for more than three hours.

    Packard’s buys, sells and trades video games and movies. It also offers repair services for game consoles.

  • Rockwood library reopens

    Rockwood Public Library is now open after renovations at the facility.

    “We are back open for business. People are coming in. We are here,” said library director Margaret Marrs.

    New lighting and other energy-efficiency projects were done at the library, forcing it to be closed since late March because of concerns of public safety during renovations.

    “It looks good,” Marrs said. “It is brighter. It makes the floor reflect.

    “Someone said they took us out of the 70s and gave us a new look.”