Today's News

  • Buckingham enters plea in plot to kill her child’s father

    The state got what it wanted in the Laura Buckingham murder-for-hire case without having to go to trial.

    The ex-Marine turned baker pleaded guilty as charged in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.

    “You realize by pleading guilty here today you will not have a trial in this case,” Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks asked.

    “Yes, your honor,” she responded.

    Buckingham, 32, was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder in 2016.

  • Jacobs asking for new trial

    Erroneous. That’s how attorneys for Jacobs Engineering Group describe the verdict a federal jury returned against the company last month.

    “The verdict form proposed by plaintiffs and adopted by the court in the Phase I trial in this bifurcated action is legally defective,” Jacobs said in a motion for a new trial.

  • County delays discussion on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission deferred two resolutions on Roane Academy during Monday’s regular meeting at the courthouse.

    “I’m doing this to encourage state officials to come in here because really they’re ultimately the ones who regulate this,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

    Meadows made the motion to defer the resolutions for 60 days. It passed unanimously.

  • Harriman addresses Evergreen Drive safety issues

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council was presented with several options toward addressing concerns about speeding on Evergreen Drive last Tuesday.

    At the Nov. 20 Harriman City Council meeting, a resident complained about speeding vehicles on the street and the presence of children in the area.

    He requested that speed bumps be installed to slow traffic on the street.

    Mayor Wayne Best promised that the city would look at how best to remedy the problem.

  • County to take action on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission paved the way for Roane Academy to locate in the Roane County Industrial Park in 2014.

    “It’s not only providing jobs, but these kids are in need,” then Commissioner Chris Johnson said at the time.

    “What a great opportunity for our county to step up.”

    The County’s position on Roane Academy has changed significantly since then. So much so that there are two resolutions on the agenda for today’s County Commission meeting that could create problems for the facility.

  • RWSG to start work on offices

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood residents will soon see the fruits of the investment in downtown made by Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas.

    Through the city government, RWSG purchased three lots at the corner of Front Street and West Rockwood Street for the purpose of constructing an office building for their billing, administrative and mapping staff, according to Kim Ramsey, general manager of RWSG.

    She said they have contracted with an architect who is currently designing the site for construction.

  • Harriman Lions Club celebrates 70th anniversary

    From staff reports

    The Harriman Lions Club recently celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

    The club’s charter was issued on Nov. 26, 1948. The charter formally recognized the club as part of Lions International, one of the world’s largest service organizations with over one million members in 207 countries. The club in Harriman was sponsored by the Kingston Lions Club, who had been chartered a year before.

  • Protecting and serving the President

    Former President George H.W. Bush has been remembered fondly this week by many around the country, including Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks.

    “He was a gracious man, and I really looked up to him,” Wicks said.

    Bush, America’s 41st president, passed away on Nov. 30. He was 94.

    Wicks protected Bush and members of the Bush family when he was a member of the U.S. Secret Service.

    Wicks shared some of his firsthand experiences with the former president on Wednesday.