Local News

  • 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.

  • NAACP takes director seeker to task

    Thomas Sisk, one of the finalists for the Roane County Director of Schools job, is defending himself against accusations of racism levied by the Alabama NAACP.

    “My agenda is to take care of kids and I love them all,” Sisk said. “And I really don’t care what color that child’s skin is. I do care about them as a person and how do we take care of them.”

  • May in as CEO

    From staff reports

    Pam May has been selected as the new president of the Roane Alliance.

    “It was a unanimous decision to recommend Pam May the new President/CEO of the Roane Alliance,” said Dr. Chris Whaley, President of Roane State Community College and chair of the Alliance Board.

    A Harriman native who has worked at the Alliance for 11 years and served as Vice President of Tourism for the past three years, May brings valuable marketing and promotion knowledge to the position.

  • Mom accused of marijuana use while her children in the home

    A Rockwood woman reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana in a home where her two children were present.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Charles Haubrich went to 523 Eblen St. around 9 p.m. on March 20 to conduct a welfare check on the children, an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old.

    “When I arrived I knocked on the door and the juvenile female answered the door,” the report said.

  • One charged with vandalism, drugs

    By Richard Evans

    Eric Dewayne Ellison, 48, of Harriman was arrested Sunday, March 17, and charged with five counts of vandalism up to $1,000, five counts of theft of services up to $1,000, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, schedule II controlled substance, manufacture, delivery, sell possession or conspiracy cocaine or meth, .5 grams.

    Ellison was arrested by Cpl. Gary Nelson of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, after he was found at Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

  • School director candidate unpopular with teachers?

    From staff reports

    LaDonna McFall no longer wants to extend her contract as director of schools of Coffee County, according to the Manchester Times.

    McFall is one of the finalists for the director’s job in Roane County.

    Coffee County is in Middle Tennessee.