Today's News

  • Jacksboro man accused of sex crimes arrested

    A Jacksboro man was arrested last week on an October indictment for alleged sex crimes. Zeth Ryan Sanders is charged with rape, statutory rape and incest.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted him on Oct. 15. The alleged crimes occurred in 2015.

    Court records listed Sanders’ address as 125 Hollow Lake Lane, Jacksboro. However, he was arrested at 238 Ollis Road, Oliver Springs, by sheriff’s deputies on Thursday.

    According to the arrest report, deputies went to the door and a female confirmed that Sanders was inside.


    The Harriman Fire Department has grown by one member, but he’s not a new firefighter.

    He has four paws and does ride in the fire engine.

    Luke is a Pyrenees-Lab mix that was taken in by Roane Paws, a dog rescue organization, after they discovered Luke and two other dogs roaming loose in the area around David Webb Riverfront Park for two weeks.

    Luke is starting to acclimate himself with Harriman fire station one, visiting four times so far, making gradual improvements with each visit.

  • RCSO looks into shooting

    From staff reports

    At approximately 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting at a residence on Sweetwater Road in Philadelphia.

    Once deputies arrived on scene, they found Johnny Seals with a gunshot wound to his hand. Roane County EMS responded and transported Seals to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • Man flees police at 101 mph

    A driver allegedly hit 101 mph in a Dodge Charger during a short pursuit with Rockwood police last week.

    The suspect, identified as 53-year-old James C. Wicks, is now facing charges of reckless driving and evading arrest.

    According to the report, Officer Rick Thomas stopped a black Charger for driving 15 miles over the speed limit on Gateway Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 10.

    “Upon approach to the vehicle, the driver, Mr. James Clayton Wicks, exited the vehicle and got an attitude,” the report said.

  • Largen refiles lawsuit contesting delinquent taxes

    By Richard Evans

    Roane County Chancery Court allowed retired attorney Gerald Largen to re-file his lawsuit against the city of Harriman concerning delinquent taxes last week.

    Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn made the announcement during the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    “I’ve been on this council for years, and every time I talk to a city attorney all I hear is Gerald Largen, Gerald Largen, Gerald Largen,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Harriman approves committee appointments

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council approved appointments to five committees recommended by Mayor Wayne Best Tuesday evening, but it was not without discussion.

    Councilman Daryl Cook asked to amend two recently adopted ordinances, changing the membership of council members on two committees — police and fire — from two members to three.

    “It’s a little late in the game,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley pointed out the danger in putting too many members on any committee.

  • Pioneer Village road improvements at standstill

    It could be a while before improvements are made to the roads the Roane County Commission decided to take over in Pioneer Village.

    “I’ve talked about it, but I’ve not put a plan together yet,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said last week.

    Pioneer Village is located south of Rockwood.

    The Commission previously voted to take over portions of roads in the subdivision.

    Ferguson said one of the reasons for a lack of a plan is he’s dealing with other road issues.

  • Woman enters plea in inmate rape case, amended to attempted robbery

    The criminal case has been resolved for a woman accused of raping another inmate at the Roane County Jail.

    According to a warrant filed in the case, Amanda Ileen Brown and the alleged victim were inmates on Oct. 17, 2017. Brown was accused of placing her hand inside the alleged victim to search for drugs.

    “This was done without (alleged victim’s) consent or permission,” the warrant said.

    Brown was charged with aggravated rape and rape. She reached a plea deal with prosecutors and the aggravated rape charge was dismissed.

  • Yager named to key state committees

    Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has been appointed to several key committees in the Senate, including the powerful Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee.

    The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the legislature wrapped up the first week of the 2019 session.


    If bad weather hits Roane County this winter, Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said his department is ready.

    “Taking care of our roads, that’s what we do,” he said Wednesday. “People can be assured we got plenty of equipment and plenty of salt and brine that will take care of them. Whenever Old Man Winter crosses the mountain, we’ll be ready for him.”

    Salt is used to treat roads in bad weather. Ferguson said he has 500 tons of it on hand.