Today's News

  • State lets deadline lapse in Houston murder trial appeal



    Time has run out for the state to appeal a decision that dismissed murder charges against Rocky Houston.

    The Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville rendered its decision on March 3.

    The state had 60 days from that date to appeal.  

    Joanne Newsome, the chief deputy clerk for the Tennessee Appellate Court Clerk’s Office in Knoxville, said Tuesday morning that her office had yet to receive anything from the state.

  • Bazel sisters sign with Roane State


    Roane Newspapers

    College coaches are always looking for good athletes with good fundamentals to help their program win. Roane State softball head coach Sue Niemi found just that last week when she signed Rockwood twin sisters Kwan and Kat Bazel.

    “I really like their athleticism and they’re pretty fundamentally sound,” Niemi said. “Like all players they still have some things to work on, but they seem to be very coachable and I like the fact they’re coming from a successful program.”

  • Woods signs with Louisville


    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs High School has had its fair share of athletes sign college scholarships throughout the years, but Ali Woods made history recently when the Lady 'Cat senior signed her National Letter of Intent in rowing with the University of Louisville.

    Rowing is not a sport offered at Oliver Springs or any school in Roane County, but Woods has competed for the Atomic Rowing Club in Oak Ridge for the past five seasons and her hard work has now paid off.

  • Crimefighting cuts ahead



    State budget woes could affect crimefighting in Roane County.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which local law enforcement agencies depend on for forensic services, is facing cuts that could leave  dozens of agents out of work.    

    “TBI is now facing sending home 58 field and forensic agents in order to reach the $4 million in cuts,” TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said in an e-mail.

  • Schools sue Oliver Springs over water bill



    School officials believe Oliver Springs High School’s water bill was too high.

    The town’s water department agrees. In fact,  they admitted the overcharges in water and sewer services in an answer filed by their attorney to a lawsuit brought on by the Roane County school system.

    According to the answer, however, fault does not totally lie with the water department.

  • Chlorine gas leak closes Poland Hollow Road



    A chlorine gas leak at a Midtown residence sent one man to the hospital and lead to the evacuation of homes on Poland Hollow Road.

    According to Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, a chlorine gas leak at the Harriman home of Marjorie Dodd, 446 Poland Hollow Road, forced the evacuation of

    residents. Dodd has been in the news in the past months over charges she had been running a puppy mill.

  • Police vehicles take beating in crashes

    From staff reports

    This week has been rough for local authorities.

    A routine sheriff’s office prisoner transfer turned into a two-vehicle accident, and in another accident, a Rockwood officer drove into a utility pole.

    A Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol car driven by Deputy Dustin Hensley was transporting two prisoners from Rockwood to the Roane County Jail on Hwy. 27 in front of Walmart Sunday morning.

  • Devils wrap up 3-A title


    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils became the 2010 District 3-A regular season champs Thursday following an 11-10 win over Midway.

    After an opening district loss to Greenback, the Blue Devils beat the Cherokees then swept through Rockwood, Tellico Plains and Midway to finish 7-1 in the district to again win the regular season title.

    Midway still has one more district game left to play with Rockwood this Monday at Midway before they will learn their seeding for the tourney that begins on May 7 in Rockwood.

  • Part 2: Property assessor Q&A



    Roane County has one of the highest property tax rates ($2.72) in the area. Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said the Roane County Commission will be required by law to decrease the tax rate this year because of the reappraisal. However, that does not mean everyone in the county will be paying less taxes. Kirkham explains how that’s the case in Part 2 of a question and answer session with the Roane County News.   

    How will some people end up paying more if the tax rate is decreased?

  • Roane County's Manson link seeks release



    If high school yearbook quotes are supposed to tell something about a person, Bruce Davis’ was quite fitting.

    “An angry young man,” reads the quote accompanying his senior picture.

    That would prove true for Davis later in life.

    The 1961 graduate of Roane County High School was a member of the murderous Charles Manson Family. The cult went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969. Their victims included actress Sharon Tate.