Local News

  • Ruritan Club egg hunt

    This is the time of year that Roane’s dirty little secret is out in the open, there for all to see.

    In contrast to the beauty of redbuds in bloom, it is clear, by taking any Sunday-type drive through our county, that we are a trashy lot.

    Our litter hurts. It hurts our eyes and our spirit in no insignificant way. Just as the beauty of the East Tennessee landscape uplifts us, the trash brings us down.

    It’s not just an eyesore, either. Animals get trapped in our garbage, or injured by the sharp edges of cans or broken bottles cast aside.

  • Jim Henry honored for work with children

    A nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children are praising Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Commissioner Jim Henry of Kingston.

    Childhelp, which advocates for abused and neglected children, announced that Henry and his staff will be honored with the Childhelp Voice of the Children Award on April 22 at the Childhelp National Day of Hope celebration in Washington, D.C.

  • KKK ties cited in alleged murder plot


    Authorities have accused a former Roane County man of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and plotting with two Florida prison guards to murder an inmate.

    According to a news release from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Thomas Jordan Driver, David Elliot Moran and Charles Thomas Newcomb are members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Newcomb, 42, used to live in Roane County.

    The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida listed his current address in jail records as Hawthorn, Fla.

  • Woman sought in credit fraud

    Rockwood Police Department has posted a video of a person of interest who may know something about rampant theft of credit card information.

    “Through the assistance of other out-of-county and other local agencies, this lady has been declared a subject of interest in the possible use of a compromised card.

    “Again, she is a person of interest only at this point,” according to the Rockwood Police Department Facebook posting.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the photo came out of Knoxville.

  • Harriman may seek marketing help

    Even utopia needs a little help now and then.

    Harriman officials want to hire someone to promote the city that was created in the utopian temperance movement.

    City officials hope to end the hiring freeze they implemented last year and hire someone to do that by this summer.

    “I would love to have someone in place mid-summer,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The scope of responsibilities has not been finalized, but officials hope to develop them over the next month.


    Daniel Christopher Gavidia, a 28-year-old Maryville man, was scheduled to be arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday on four charges of aggravated statutory rape. The charges were returned against Gavidia by the Roane County grand jury in February.

    He was booked into the Roane County Jail on Saturday. Jail records listed his address as 1814 E. Westwood Drive, Maryville.


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  • Railroad denies fault in crash that killed 2



    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and other defendants have filed an answer to a lawsuit centered around a fatal vehicle-and-train crash last spring near Harriman.

    The suit against Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Railway Corp. and three railroad staffers was filed by Darius Gallaher, Hunter Crass and Willie and Melissa Gallaher.