Local News

  • Hickman croons to a hometown gathering
  • Sex offender still awaits sentencing


    An Oliver Springs man facing more than 20 years in federal prison in a child pornography case won’t learn his fate next month.

    David Tyler Wilson was scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 14, but that hearing has been reset to Nov. 13.

    He remains in custody pending sentencing.

    Wilson, 25, was indicted last year on two counts of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

  • Meth laws see mixed results

    Both sides have been proven right in a debate over meth precursors that took place several years ago.

    On one side was law enforcement, who argued that making products containing pseudoephedrine tougher to get would lead to a decline in meth labs.

    Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Love bites Oliver Springs man

    A woman allegedly bit off a man’s lip during a domestic incident last week.

    Ashley Nicole Allen, 30, is charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

    According to the warrant, she was staying with Donnie Ward, her former boyfriend, at 283 Shady Road, Oliver Springs. Ward asked her to find another place to stay.

    “Mr. Ward stated that he attempted to assist Ms. Allen pack her belongings in the bathroom which angered Ms. Allen,” the warrant said.

  • Harriman puts budget talk on hold

    By Richard Evans

    The city of Harriman delayed the first reading of the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget until its Aug. 6 meeting.

    “We can move forward with this or we can wait until next month to address it. I don’t know how council feels about moving forward with the budget at this time,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Correction

    New presidents of the Kingston and Harriman Lions Clubs were listed incorrectly in a previous story. Sammy Sams is the new president of the Kingston Lions Club and Jerry Hardin is the new president of the Harriman Lions Club.

  • RCN earns Tennessee Press Association recognition

    The Roane County News won six awards in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2019 Newspaper Contest.

    The awards, sponsored by TPA and the University of Tennessee, honor excellence in journalism published by member newspapers during 2018.

    “We’re proud to say that the Roane County News provides its readers with the highest quality journalism available to any community in the state,” said Roane County News General Manager Neva Lang-Peters.

  • OS project taken out of budget

    Money that was earmarked for the Oliver Springs school project has been removed from the county’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee took that action last week.

    “Currently there is no money programmed for Oliver Springs due to the rise in the budget estimate,” County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody said.


    A young man from Harriman is living his dream of becoming a member of the National Guard thanks to the help of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Rockwood.

    Ashton Settles, 13, has been diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, which can affect intellectual development.

    About five years ago he became friends with Tommy Lee Francis at the Harriman Church of God.

    “Ashton can sometimes have a hard time paying attention,” said Francis.

  • TVA is here to stay, CEO says

    Despite controversy surrounding its operations and handling of the ash spill, TVA is planning to continue producing power at the Kingston Fossil Plant for years to come.