Today's News

  • Harriman standout back for alumni game

    When the Rockwood and Harriman alumni take the field Sept. 28, there will be a lot of players who have participated in the long rivalry through the years.

    For the Blue Devils, one player has generated a lot of buzz for spectators.

    Standout Harriman athlete Jeremaine Copeland and his family will once again don the Devils’ colors.

    “I feel pretty good,” Copeland said. “It’s going to be a fun thing to experience.

  • Mize racing wide open into the future

    High School junior Baylee Mize recently turned 16 and got her driver’s license.

    Although an important milestone in anyone’s life, Mize had already been drag racing for the last five years.

    For teenagers, appearances and status can be everything and getting to drive is a big deal. Baylee was the envy of the school and her friends.

    “They didn’t like it very much,” she said. “I was going 85 miles an hour and they couldn’t drive.

  • Lady Jackets and Lady Devils play tune up

    The Kingston Lady Jackets and Harriman Lady Devils met in a pre-season volleyball scrimmage Thursday in Kingston. Although a warm-up before the season begins next week, the teams gave it their all with the junior varsity and varsity teams playing. The Kingston’s jv won in three sets with scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-13. They Lady Jacket varsity also emerged victorious with scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-13. Kingston will open the season at home against Lenoir City tonight at 5 p.m. Harriman will start its campaign Tuesday night at home against Bledsoe County at 6:30 p.m.

  • Football Jamboree round-up

    The 2019 Roane County Football Jamboree is now in the books, played Friday night at Roane County High School’s Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

    All five Roane County football programs were present along with Clinton and White County as the teams and fans unofficially ended summer and prepared to usher in fall.

    Clinton vs.

    Oliver Springs

    The first quarter pitted the Class 1A Oliver Springs Bobcats against the 5A Clinton Dragons and ended in a 6-6 tie.


    Matthew Dotson will have to seek judicial relief from a Tennessee appellate court because he didn’t get any from Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    Dotson, serving life without parole for starving his son to death, appeared with his attorney, Phil Lomonaco, in a Morgan County courtroom on Wednesday.

    Lomonaco put forth four reasons why Dotson deserved a new trial.

    Pemberton denied all of them.

    “The proof is not just sufficient,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said. “It’s overwhelming.”

  • Alleged rape in the jail

    A woman is alleging she was sexually assaulted by other inmates while at the Roane County Jail earlier this month.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the allegations.

    “It’s still in the investigative stage,” Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “We’re just trying to put all the pieces together.”

    The woman was transferred from the Roane County Jail to the Cumberland County Jail, where she reportedly told Cumberland County jail staff she was assaulted during her incarceration in Roane County.

  • Kingston tosses tax increase

    The Kingston City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed on second and final reading a fiscal year 2019-2020 budget that will not require a tax increase.

    Water and sewer rates will also not require an increase under the budget approved this week.

    Balancing the budget was made possible by the unexpected notification that the city would be the recipient of more than $80,000 in sales tax revenue.

    Vice Mayor Tara Stockton said she was glad the council was presented with the opportunity to pass a budget with no tax increase.

  • County Commission honors Polk Cooley

    Late Rockwood attorney Polk Cooley loved to keep up with what his government was doing.

    Earlier this week his government honored him for his distinguished law career and the pride he showed in his community.

    “He’s truly a Rockwoodian,” Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry said. “He’s truly a Roane Countian.”

    The Commission met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 12, and passed a resolution honoring Cooley’s legacy.

  • Roane Choral season starts Aug. 26

    Roane Choral Society will kick off the 2019–2020 season with an Interactive Open House on Monday, Aug. 26.

    Roane Choral Society choral director, Brenda Luggie, will present an introduction to choral singing beginning at 6 p.m. in the choral rehearsal room of the O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College in Harriman.

    Music lovers who are interested in singing and would like to know more about Roane Choral are encouraged to attend.

    A social hour will follow at 7 p.m. with fun and refreshments.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Special DAR event Sunday p.m. at old Court House

    Gentle reader: Lots of readers of the News pay little attention to Page Three of the paper which is normally dedicated to the Calendar of coming events. Should you be one of these readers, we must bring to your attention an announcement concerning an event to take place this weekend, on Sunday, Aug. 18. Just so you will have all the details as given in the Calendar, we reprint it here: