Local News

  • Facebook school scare washes out

    An out-of-state Facebook threat caused a stir in Rockwood on Thursday.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the threat was directed toward Rockwood High School.

    Aytes said it was posted on Facebook for about two or three minutes Wednesday night before it was taken down.

    “We were down there today (Thursday) to make sure that it wasn’t credible,” he said.

    Aytes said school resource officers, along with the Rockwood and Harriman police departments ,looked into the incident.

  • New soccer fields may be added near sports complex

    Rockwood officials threw their support behind using space at the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex to develop two to three new soccer fields.

    The Rockwood City Council passed a resolution to support the development of soccer fields in the future, “as long as all city-paid expenses are within the city’s budget.”

    For now, officials are saying, the city won’t be spending a dime.

  • Litter magic
  • Former fighter pilot finds new ways to serve

    Special to the Roane County News

    Roane County resident Greg Paulus is a Top Gun. He earned that distinction flying F4 fighters for the Air Force.

    In fact, he did it twice.

    He was operational in five different aircraft — a rarity itself.

    After serving his country, he found a way, through his business, to serve people with disabilities.

  • Accused rapist had served years in prior case

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said one of the obstacles in sex crime prosecutions is the testimony of young victims.

    That was a factor in a prior case involving Matthew Brandon Hall, a registered sex offender who now is accused of raping two Roane County teens.

    “Keep in mind that under both the U.S. Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution, all persons charged with crimes are entitled to confront and cross-examine their accusers in open court and in front of the jury,” Johnson said.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP to poor says: Let ’em suffer; Let ’em die

    The events of last week brought to mind an oft posed question from our old friend, the late Stanley Staples.

  • Deputy shoots man in vehicle

    Interstate 40 at Airport Road was aglow with emergency lights Monday night following an officer-involved shooting.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Deputy John Mayes shot Christopher Lee Powers when the Rockwood man drove at him in a vehicle.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident.

    TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said the shooting followed a police pursuit, “in which the deputy ‘clocked’ a vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph on Hwy. 27 in Harriman.

  • Stomach bug gives schools pause, but no closure yet

    Roane County students have a four-day weekend coming up with Presidents Day and an upcoming staff training day.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s hopeful he won’t have to cancel school because of sickness before then.

    “It’s a stomach bug going around that’s the issue,” he said.

    Aytes said attendance was still running around 90 percent Tuesday. He said school officials consider closing when attendence drops to around 80 percent.

  • Ren Fair gears up for 2015 season

    The East Tennessee Renaissance Festival held its first open audition last Saturday.

    More are scheduled.

    Numerous potential performers came out to demonstrate their talent for the 2015 Faire which is scheduled for May 16-17, 23-25 and 30-31 in Harriman.

    “This was a way for us to get back into it,” Barrie Paulson said.

    All are encouraged to attend the next open audition.

    Experience or costumes are not necessary but are helpful, according to the festival Facebook page.

  • Bank robber set to plead guilty

    It doesn’t look like Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples will contest his latest bank robbery charge.

    An arraignment and change of plea hearing is set for Feb. 18 at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    At the hearing, Samples is expected to plead guilty to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Highway.

    An information charging Samples with the robbery and a notice of facts was filed in federal court on Jan. 29.

    “These are the facts submitted for purposes of defendant’s guilty plea,” the notice said.