Today's News

  • Sports complex brings dreams of economic opportunity to Roane

    If they build it … will thousands come?

    A new ballfield complex proposed for the current Southwest Point Golf Course has the potential to become a powerful economic driver, local officials say.

    The Kingston Planning Commission last week unanimously recommended the re-zoning of the Southwest Point Golf Course property from C-1 to C-2.

    The decision will go before the Roane County Commission on Monday, Oct. 15.

  • Duo tries to split charges in crystal meth case

    Two suspects reportedly tried to devise a plan to divvy charges after crystal meth was allegedly found in a vehicle they were traveling in Sunday morning.

    The plan didn’t work and both, along with a third suspect, were charged and arrested.

    The incident happened in Rockwood. According to the report, Patrolman Chris Marney stopped a vehicle near Harbor Freight around 12:30 a.m.

    “I made contact with the driver, Jarad Fisher, front seat passenger Morgan Hickman and backseat passenger David Hamby,” the report said.

  • Three from Roane named to 2018 Reward schools

    Midtown Elementary School, Cherokee Middle School and Midway Middle School were designated as 2018 Reward schools by the Tennessee Department of Education.

    “We’re very proud of that,” said Roane County Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    Aytes added that the staff at the three schools are excited about the Reward designation.

  • Rockwood set to repair Tarwater Street issues

    Rockwood workers will start making improvements to Tarwater Street soon after Rockwood City Council voted Monday to move forward with spending up to $300,000 to repair the problem street.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller has said in recent months that the repairs are a priority because of the road’s poor condition.

    “They have been very patient to put up with it as long as they have,” Miller said.

  • Jackson chair of Roane County School Board

    Nadine Jackson is the new chairman of the Roane County Board of Education.

    She was elected by a unanimous vote during last week’s meeting.

    “Thank you for electing me chair,” she told the board.

    Jackson represents District 7 on the school board.

    A former principal, she was elected to her first term on the school board in 2016.

    “Ms. Jackson, I believe you’ll do a great job,” Board Member Sam Cox said.

    Jackson succeeds Rob Jago, who served as chairman this past year.

  • Police say man didn’t deliver on promise to trim trees

    A 49-year-old Harriman man is accused of taking advantage of the elderly.

    Mickey Jason Pressley was arrested last week on one count of financial exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person.

    According to the warrant, he went to 263 Woodland Drive on May 8, 2017, and met with Jean Sneed.

  • School system to buy Midtown land

    School officials said they will have an answer now when someone asks about the location of a new high school they are planning to build.

    “It’s so much easier when you’re presenting a plan to a funding body to say we have the property,” Roane County Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said during last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    During that meeting, the board voted 9-1 to purchase land for the school. The property is located on Hwy. 70 across from Roane County Park.

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  • Dad leaves tot to flee from police

    A father reportedly left his 1-year-old son alone in a vehicle to flee from authorities following a Wednesday morning crash.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 31-year-old David Diebel was behind the wheel of a 2015 Buick Encore that was clocked traveling 91 miles per hour on Interstate 40 near the 356 exit.

    “When lights and sirens were activated in an attempt to stop the vehicle, it immediately took the 356 exit,” the THP report said.

  • 2018 Hauntings to take personal spin

    Eerie experiences in historic Harriman promise to send a shiver down visitors’ spines — and they may even experience a haunting themselves at this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman Ghost Tours.

    “I want them to have the feeling before they even take a step toward the tour that they might get to experience a haunting tonight,” said Renka Santos, who is chairing this year’s annual event for the Cornstalk Heights Historic District.