Local News

  • Police find suspected heroin on fugitive

    A woman wanted in Virginia on drug charges was found in Rockwood with suspected heroin on June 18.

    Nikki Nicole Patterson, 30, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and possession of heroin.

    According to the report, Rockwood police went to Meadows Apartments to investigate a report of suspicious people in a car.

    “We saw the car in question and a female sitting behind the steering wheel and a male standing outside the passenger side,” the report said. “When the male saw police cars he quickly got into the car.”

  • Board sets contract for Aytes as director

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes now has a contract.

    The Board of Education approved it 9-0 during Thursday’s meeting.

    According to the terms, the contract is for 180 “working days” starting on July 9.

    “It’s not 180 calendar days, it’s 180 working days,” Board Chairman Rob Jago explained after the meeting. “We pay him by working day.”

    According to the contract, Aytes will be paid $461.54 per day.

  • Dothard giving Rockwood swimming pool a boost

    One of the biggest advocates for the Rockwood City pool is now an employee.

    Teacher Cassandra Dothard is now a part-time manager at the Rockwood Community Center pool.

    City administrator Becky Ruppe explained that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller asked her to try and build up the pool participation.

    “It’s worked. I think the kids (attending) have doubled,” said Ruppe.

    Ruppe said Dothard is also helping to document attendance, water use and other figures.

  • Accused CVS robber jailed in more crimes

    From staff reports

    A man believed to be responsible for robbing the CVS Pharmacy in Harriman in search of Oxycodone on March 15 is in custody in Bradley County.

    On June 9, Chief Kenny Humphrey was notified by District Attorney General Russell Johnson that the TBI was interviewing a man who may have been involved in the Harriman robbery and who was in custody in the Bradley County Jail for a pharmacy robbery in Cleveland.

  • Forrester, Mason face off in Trustee race

    With early voting for the August election beginning in just a few weeks, the race for Roane County Trustee comes down to just two candidates.

    Chris Mason and Nick Forrester are both touting their experience in business management and public service as the best reasons they should be chosen as the next Trustee.

    Mason — a lifetime Roane County resident — is currently town manager in Oliver Springs, where he has been involved in helping the water department invest idle funds.


    The Roane County Board of Education honored outgoing Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins during Thursday’s meeting.

    “I said we hit a home run when we hired Dr. Watkins,” Board Member Sam Cox said. “The only thing I hate is that we’re back up to bat so quickly.”

    The school board hired Watkins in 2016 to replace Gary Aytes, who retired on June 30 of that year.

    She served as director of schools for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

  • Ferguson sets annual free community picnic June 28

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s 6th Annual Community Picnic is scheduled for this Thursday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park.

    “Anybody is welcome,” Ferguson said. “It’s free. We want everybody to come and have a good time.”

    “We had a big turnout last year and we’re expecting more than that this year,” Ferguson added.

  • Harriman brings back cobbler fest

    Harriman will be returning the popular cobbler festival this July 28.

    This year’s festival, once again at David Webb Riverfront Park, will be from 4-8 p.m.

    Tickets to taste the cobbler will be $5 for five samples.

    Competitors need to make four cobblers of the same flavor to be taste tested by the public and voted on for the best.

    Applications can be picked up at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex at Roane St. or online at https://tinyurl.com/yaphy6ss

    The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 16.

  • County may cut tourism funds

    Funding for tourism was a topic during Tuesday’s public hearing and work session on the county budget.

    The majority of those who spoke during the hearing addressed issues with how much money the county is planning to allocate to tourism in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Harriman facing $17M hospital question

    Harriman officials got sticker shock when they learned about the potential cost of renovating the old Harriman Hospital for use as a city municipal building.

    Broken down into three phases, the total cost would be around $17 million if everything were done with the three sections, including building an area with bays for the fire department in phase 2.

    “We are either going to keep it and fix it or tear it down and be done with it,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    The key, he said, is deciding what would be best for the city of Harriman.