Today's News

  • Arrests: Jan. 21-Feb. 1, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 21 — Bradley Ray Wells, 26, 4342 Roane State Hwy., Rockwood: driving on revoked/suspended license, criminal impersonation, theft $1,000 but less than $10,000, evading arrest. Total bond $7,000; court date March 24.

    Jan. 22 — Matthew Benjamin Roe, 21, 159 Lakeland Estates Drive, Lenoir City: public intoxication. Bond $750; court date Feb. 10.

  • Avery Trace DAR honors ’14 Good Citizens

    Avery Trace Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently presented its 2013-14 DAR Good Citizen honor to four high school students in Roane County.

    This year’s recipients are:

    • Harriman High — Chloé Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Haskell Hill and Alice Monroe.

    • Midway High — Michaela Joy Langley, daughter of Jeff and Tonya Langley.

    • Roane County High — Tim Benson, son of Donnie and Tammy Manis.

  • Roane State student art show slated for April 7

    Roane State Community College’s 2014 annual student art exhibition will be April 7-14 on the main campus in the O’Brien Art Gallery in Roane County.

    An artists’ reception and award ceremony is planned for noon April 14.

    This annual juried event is open to all Roane State student artists and provides an opportunity for students to hone their skills and gain critical exhibition experience.

    Each student may submit up to 10 works, free of charge. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • Hashmi pages on House floor

    Midway High School junior Cameron Hashmi spent a day of his spring break paging for state Rep. Kent Calfee on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

  • 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.