Today's News

  • Margrave Drive work should address speeding concerns

    By Richard Evans

    The wheels of progress sometimes move slowly as evidenced by the effort to improve conditions and slow down speeders on Margrave Drive.

    “We have done targeted enforcement of speed control on Margrave and I haven’t gotten any complaints in recent months. However, the paving of the street will incorporate items to address speeding,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Roane retires Roddy’s number

    Carolyn Bush Roddy’s jersey was retired during Thursday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting. The meeting was held at Roddy’s alma mater, Roane County High School.

    “This is such an honor,” Roddy said. “This is such an honor. I thank each and everyone of you. You don’t know what this means to me.”

    Roddy has been racking up the honors this year. She was selected to the 2019 Class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in February.

  • Harriman to amend beer code to match state rules

    By Richard Evans

    In a meeting earlier this month, Harriman City Council approved first reading of an updated ordinance concerning permits for the sale of beer at special events.

    The proposed ordinance states, “An application for a special events permit to sell beer, or any other beverage with an alcoholic content not exceeding eight percent by weight, except wine as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated 57-3-101.”

    Under the existing ordinance, the alcoholic content is not to exceed five percent.


    Laura Ann Buckingham had a question for the hitman she met with in 2016 to arrange the killing of her son’s father.

    “You sure you’re not a cop,” she asked.

    Unbeknownst to her, the hitman was actually an undercover TBI agent. After arranging and paying for the hit, Buckingham was arrested and later charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    She reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the charge in December.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Buckingham on Thursday.

  • Suspect gets tased

    A Rockwood police officer used his Taser on a domestic violence suspect hiding in an attic.

    According to the report, Officer Chris Kennedy deployed the device because Donald Henry Cannon didn’t comply with his commands.

    The incident happened at 110 Derrick St. earlier this month. Kennedy and Sgt. Dwayne Gray responded to the residence to investigate a domestic incident. They knocked on the door and no one answered.

    The alleged victim, Christy Underwood, had reportedly left to get away from Cannon, but returned after police arrived.

  • Splash pad stalls for Harriman

    By Richard Evans

    There is no timetable for the construction of a splash pad for the city of Harriman.

    “The state has requested a number of different documents from us. We’ve been sending those back as they request them,” said City Manager Kevin Helms in an update to Harriman City Council last Tuesday.

    “We’re still not sure what the timetable is for getting a contract on that but as soon as they ask for a document we’re sending in to them, trying to move it along as quickly as possible.”

  • Coaching legends named to hall of fame

    from Roane State

    for The Roane County News

    Fans are invited to celebrate the induction of coach Andy Landers, coach Jim Davis, and the 1984 national champion women’s basketball team as the first members of the new Roane State Community College Athletics Hall of Fame.

    The induction ceremony will be held on Friday, May 3 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Raider Room at the main campus, 276 Patton Lane in Harriman. The Raider Room is located inside the Vann Student Center in the Dunbar Building.

  • Jackets and Devils meet in tennis action

    The Harriman Blue Devils met the Kingston Yellow Jackets on the tennis court recently. The Harriman boys came out on top 8-1 thanks to six forfeits from the Jackets. The Lady Devils won as well with the final of 7-2.

  • Big 2nd propels Lady Waves

    By Jack Sims


    The Midway Lady Waves traveled to the dusty and windy home field of the Sunbright Lady Tigers and came away with a well-earned 4-1 victory.

    Pitching was the order of the evening by Midway hurler Aubrie May.

    May toed the rubber all seven innings allowing only one hit, one run, and throwing two strike outs.

    She ended the evening with a brilliant snag on a hard line drive hit directly at her and threw for the double play at first, ending the game.