Today's News

  • Train strikes parked car, driver killed

    A Rockwood man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a train at the railroad crossing on Mountain View Road near midnight Friday, Feb. 15.

    The preliminary incident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated Jesse E. Shipwash, 28, of Rockwood, was parked on the tracks in a 2010 Hyundai Accent when struck by a northbound train on the Norfolk Southern railway line.

    “The Train sounded all proper warning signals, horns, and lights as it approached the railroad crossing at Mountain View Rd.,” reported Trooper Nathaniel Crow.

  • Where does Roane go from here without school merger?

    The Roane County Board of Education may stay the course on its plan to build a new consolidated high school.

    “As a board member you have to make the decision is the plan you presented to County Commission the best one,” longtime member Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “If you feel like it’s the best one then I think it’s your obligation as a school board member to stay with the plan you presented.”

  • Serial burglar up for parole

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink is already up for parole.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Correction website, he has a parole hearing scheduled for March 14.

    On July 2, 2018, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks ordered Fink to serve 12 years in the Tennessee Department of Correction for a burglary spree he admitted to committing.

    Fink, 38, was sentenced as a Range 1 standard offender, which means he would have to do 30 percent of his time before becoming parole eligible.

  • Harriman may demo part of old hospital, sell others

    By Richard Evans

    Harriman is moving toward demolishing the old section of the former Harriman Hospital to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city is currently working on the environmental impact study.

    “That’s what we’re working on right now. We’ve got to get it done,” he said.

  • Officials monitor sickness in schools

    Roane County Schools continues to monitor the sickness in its buildings.

    “We checked it last Thursday and we were at 94 percent attendance,” Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “For this time of year that’s really good.”

    Classes were cancelled for a few days last month because of sickness and weather. Aytes said buildings were cleaned during those days.

    “I think that’s made a difference,” he said.

    Aytes said they are still seeing some flu, but the numbers aren’t alarming.


    By Richard Evans

    Teachers from Midtown and Bowers elementary schools received trauma informed training on Friday.

    “A trauma informed school is a school that focuses on students who are in our building that come from homes with trauma situations, which will affect their learning and will affect their behavior at school,” said Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown Elementary.

    She said trauma could include divorce, a death in the family or it could be some type of abuse taking place in the home.

  • Tom Fuller Park work draws near

    By Richard Evans

    Bid packets for the construction of a trailhead and greenway at Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood are expected to be sent out in March.

    Construction could begin this summer.

    The project, which will go roughly two miles from Pumphouse Road to U.S. 27, has been in the works since the grant was awarded in 2016, said City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “It’s taken some time but we’ve had to wait on the state,” she said.

  • Stockton named to state board

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    “I’ll serve with dignity and honor,” Stockton said. “I think it was an honor to even get offered the position.”

    Stockton said he was appointed by former Gov. Bill Haslam before he left office.

    “I’ve already been sworn in and taken the oath of office,” Stockton said.

  • Pattersons Home Appliance founder dies at age of 94

    By Richard Evans

    Don Patterson, a longtime Harriman business owner, passed away Tuesday at Roane Medical Center.

    Patterson founded Patterson Home Appliances in Harriman in 1965 after working in Oak Ridge following World War II.

    He later passed the business over to his son Steve,and grandson Mark has now taken over leadership at the company.

    He was 94 years old. Funeral arrangements were pending as of press time.