Today's News

  • Former Oliver Springs doc pleads guilty to fraud



    An Oliver Springs physician investigated by the TBI has entered a conditional plea of guilty on charges of TennCare fraud and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

    Dr. Delvin E. Littell, 76, was given a suspended 11-month, 29-day sentence and placed on two years’ supervised probation, according to judgment papers issued during a hearing in Clinton on Dec. 7.

    He is also required to pay $5,450 in fines to the Anderson County District Attorney’s Fraud and Economic Crime Fund.

  • Tigers, Lady Tigers drop home opener


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    The 2009 home opener for the Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers wasn't a memorable event for the green and gold as visiting Oakdale invaded Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium and took home a pair of wins.

    The girls contest was a physical battle from start to finish and in the end it was the Lady Eagles rallying from behind in the fourth period for a 36-30 victory.

  • County jail back to certified status



    Roane County lost its jail certification two years ago. The county got it back last week.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control met Dec. 2 in Nashville and voted to certify the new jail, according to TCI Assistant Director Peggy Sawyer.

    “Great,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • S. Roane VFD hits hard times



    Roy Brandon, president of the South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, said he’s witnessed more than a few financial storms during his time. 

    “I’ve been at it since ’76, so I’ve seen plenty of ups and downs,” Brandon said.

    Now would be one of those down times for South Roane County.

    In an effort to make ends meet, Brandon said, the department is planning to cut about five vehicles from its fleet.

  • Harriman opens season at Oakdale


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    It took a while for the Harriman Blue Devils to tip off the 2009 season, but the wait was worth it for Jeff King and his Blue Devils as Harriman knocked off Oakdale Tuesday night, 55-44.

    The news wasn't as good for the Lady Devils, however, as the Lady Eagles improved to 4-0 on the season with a 49-39 victory over Jim Cordell's squad.

    Harriman will be back in action Friday night when the Blue Devils and Lady Devils travel to Midway for a key early season match-up with the Green Wave.

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  • Sweet deal possible on Princess



    The Princess Theater is set to receive a $1.7 million facelift courtesy of TVA.

    Gary Baker could take ownership of the building for far less than that once the renovations are complete.

    His 99-year lease with the city of Harriman gives him the option to buy the Princess. The most he would have to pay — $100,000.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he’s not concerned about Baker exercising his purchase option once the building is spruced up with the TVA money.

  • Roane couple falls prey to horse thief



    Mike Gough and his wife have eight horses.

    One in particular — a male quarter horse name Cisco — holds a special place in the couple’s hearts.

    “I bought him as a Christmas gift for my wife three years ago,” Gough said.  “Out of all the horses we got, he was the one that we would hate to get gone the worst.”

    Gough said that’s exactly what happened last month. He said he went to the pasture to check on his horses and Cisco was gone.

  • Cameras go up in downtown Rockwood



    Say cheese!

    Rockwood’s downtown area has been vexed by burglaries recently.

    City officials hope installing cameras along West Rockwood Street will deter crime.

    Tentative plans are for four cameras that have been priced at about $3,000 total, but officials are still looking for a better deal, said Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines.

    Mayor James Watts told Rockwood City Council members during a November workshop that he hoped to have a workable system soon.

  • Sexual predator nabbed



    A sex offender who moved into the area from Indiana is believed to use church services to plot opportunities to meet young victims.

    His undoing may have been his propensity to document his plans.

    Gregory Cramer, 58, was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sexual offender in Tennessee and sexual solicitation of a minor.

    On Oct. 30, Harriman Police Karen Joseph was notified by Indiana detectives that Cramer had fled Indiana and may have moved into the area.

  • Rockwood falls in semis


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    Rockwood's hopes of winning the 2009 TSSAA Class AA state title came to an end Friday night as John Webb's squad were knocked off in Chattanooga by Boyd-Buchanan, 42-0, in the semifinal round of the Class AA playoffs.

    "We knew coming in here that Boyd-Buchanan had a really good football team and we'd have to play well if we wanted to win," Tiger head coach John Webb said following the loss. "We made a lot of mistakes early; mistakes you can't make against a team as good as them and expect to win."