Today's News

  • Thunder Road Fest rolls into Rockwood April 5

    Rockwood’s annual Thunder Road Festival and Car Show on April 5 promises to include fun for the entire family.

    The festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rockwood, will boast exhibits, concessions, classic cars competing for awards, crafters and live entertainment.

    The Southern Star Band is one of this year’s headliners. The band has a repertoire that spans seven decades and encompasses many styles of music, including classic rock, oldies, Motown and country.

    The band’s extensive playlist has made it a real crowd pleaser.

  • ‘Largest ever’ phone scam targets taxpayers

    The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration is issuing a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to defraud them.

    “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.


    Rockwood Police Department and Animal Control destroyed three suspected rabid raccoons this week.

    The most recent was Thursday.

    “That one today was foaming at the mouth,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Another was killed the previous day and the first over last weekend.

  • Nelson to run for defender

    Kim Nelson qualified to run for circuit court judge in January, but on Thursday she said she was switching gears and running for  9th Judicial District public defender instead.

    “I really feel like I’m being led in this direction and to this position, and I think I will be very well suited for the public defender’s position,” she said.

    Nelson, who currently serves as circuit court clerk for Roane County, said she hadn’t filed the necessary paperwork yet to run for public defender. She has until April 3 to do so.

  • Farewell to The Roane Alliance chief

    Finding a way to cut back while continuing to serve as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance proved too difficult a task for Leslie Henderson.

    “I love this job,” she said. “I love The Alliance. I love the people I work with. I love the things we’ve been able to do, but you can’t cut back in this kind of position.”

    Today — Friday — will mark Henderson’s last day as president and CEO of the county’s economic development organization, a job she’s held since Feb. 16, 2004.

  • Report: Man exposed self to child

    Harriman police are looking to the public to help identify a man believed to have exposed himself to a child at Kroger Wednesday around 5 p.m.

    The department posted a description of the man on its Facebook page.
    He was said to be a white male, around 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet in height with a stocky build and long, dark, greasy hair.

    Harriman Police Department said they’ve only received one reported incident of this nature by 911.

    Anyone with information can call the Harriman Police Department crime tip line at 590-9010.

  • Lady Jackets drop district game

    The Kingston Lady Jackets opened District 4-A play Thursday at home against Knoxville Catholic, but the friendly confines of Southwest Point didn’t help the Lady Jackets as the Lady Irish went back to Knoxville with a 10-6 victory.

    Thursday’s game opened with both offenses on fire.

  • Harriman takes down Meigs in extra innings

     It wasn’t pretty, but the Harriman Blue Devils picked up a huge 6-5 victory over Meigs County in a District 3-A contest at Papermaker Field.

  • Roane State sweeps Tusculum

    The Roane State Raiders hosted Tusculum College Wednesday afternoon and the Raiders would sweep the Pioneers in a doubleheader.

    Both games were close as the Raiders won game one, 6-4, and they followed that up with a 7-5 victory in the final game of the day.

    Game 1

    The Raiders used a pair of long balls to pick up a two-run victory over the Pioneers in the first game on Wednesday.

  • Rough start for Kingston in district play


    The Kingston Yellow Jackets opened District 4-AA play earlier this week with a pair of games against Knoxville Catholic, but the first two district games didn’t go so well for the Jackets as the Fighting Irish won both by solid margins.