Local News

  • Wilson’s federal child porn case still pending

    The federal case against an alleged child pornographer is still pending.

    David Tyler Wilson of Oliver Springs was scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 27, but the trial got postponed after his attorney filed a motion to continue.

    The new trial date is May 7.

    Wilson, 24, is charged in federal court with two counts of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

  • Broadband group continues push for Roane expansion

    By Richard Evans

    Roane County Citizens for Broadband, a community organization that has helped lead the fight for broadband internet, is transitioning into a new organization called ROANEnet.

    ROANEnet is in the process of becoming a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. The purpose of the group will be to apply for grants and seek donations to help not only bring high speed internet access to the area, but perhaps even help educate people on how to use it once it is delivered.

  • Pemberton new Rockwood judge

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council approved the appointment of Dana Scott Pemberton as city judge at their meeting last month.

    Pemberton will fill out the remainder of the term of the late Judge James “Jim” Smith, who passed away unexpectedly in March. The term ends on Nov. 30, 2022.

    “We knew we had to get someone in place with the credentials to get it done,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Man accused of swindling senior

    A Harriman man is accused of taking advantage of the elderly. Bobby E. Phillips faces one count of financial exploitation of the elderly or vulnerable.

    The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office. According to the warrant, the alleged victim in the case is 86-years-old.

    He reportedly paid Phillips $8,380.86 for work that was never done. When confronted about it, Phillips reportedly told the alleged victim, “There was nothing he could do,” according to the warrant.

  • Board picks Coffee County director to lead Roane schools

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Coffee County Director of Schools LaDonna McFall to be the next director of schools for Roane County. She was picked by a 6-4 margin Wednesday night over Limestone County, Ala., Superintendent Thomas Sisk, who was the other finalists.

    “I thought we had two good candidates and I think she'll do a good job,” Board Member Vic King said.

    Rob Jago, Mike “Brillo” Miller, Larry Brackett, Danny Wright, Hugh Johnson and Mike Taylor selected for McFall.

  • Special Olympics youth celebrate their triumphs

    Roane County Special Olympians from Area 30 will compete in the annual track and field competition on Friday, April 5.

    About 100 area special athletes are expected to participate, most being students from Roane County School.

    The event will be held at Fort Southwest Point from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In case of rain the event will move indoors to the Harriman High School Gym.

    The special athletes will ride by bus from Ladd Landing to Southwest Point. Spectators are encouraged to line the route along Kentucky Street to cheer for the athletes.

  • Director interviews to round 2

    The Roane County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in special session today “for the purpose of conducting the director search second round interviews and selection of director of schools.”

    The finalists are Coffee County Director of Schools LaDonna McFall and Limestone County, Ala., Superintendent Thomas Sisk.

    The last time the board picked a director following a search was April 20, 2016. It voted 7-3 to hire Leah Rice Watkins over Keevin Woody, but the process was questioned.

  • Famed Elvis impersonator returns to the Princess

    By Richard Evans

    Put on your blue suede shoes and be prepared to get all shook up — Elvis impersonator David Lee is coming to the Princess Theatre in Harriman, Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m.

    A native of Birmingham, Ala., Lee offers one of the most authentic and professional Elvis shows in the world.  Suitable for the family, the show is done with class and respect for Elvis and his memory. Lee has been performing his tribute to Elvis since 1995 throughout North America. 

  • OS pursuit ends in Kingston crash, multiple arrests over the weekend

    By Richard Evans

    A police pursuit that started in Oliver Springs ended in a crash and several arrests in Kingston Sunday evening, March 31.

    The incident started when agents of the 7th Judicial District Crime Task Force arranged for Sherry Baker to deliver a quarter ounce of methamphetamine to an undercover agent in the parking lot of Food City in Oliver Springs, according to a press release from Simon Byrne, director of the task force.