Today's News

  • Devils, Dragons and Panthers... oh my!
  • Tiger and Devil alumni make it official

    It’s funny how things work out.

    Just a few weeks ago it looked like the Harriman alumni would be playing Kingston’s in the second of the planned football games.

    Unexpected circumstances changed that and Harriman was without a game.

    That was until Chris Peddicord, the Blue Devils’ co-captain, contacted Rockwood alumni Aylor Evans.

    After a series of texts, Harriman and Rockwood was set to play in an alumni football game Sept. 28, one day after the 100th meeting of the schools in their storied gridiron rivalry.

  • The Bobcats off to strong start

    With the first full week of practice in pads in the books, the Oliver Springs Bobcats met the Wartburg Bulldogs and Cumberland County Jets in Crossville for a scrimmage Friday night.

    Although there is three weeks of preseason practice left to go before the start of the regular season, Oliver Springs was impressive on both sides of the ball.

    “We had good effort tonight,” Bobcat Coach Larry Green said. “It’s about what you’d expect from a first scrimmage.”

  • Roane near top of firearm carry permits in the state

    Roane County is near the top of the list of counties in the state with the highest percentage of firearm carry permits based on population, according to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

    Fayette County tops the list of 95 counties with 16.2 percent of residents licensed to carry a firearm.

    Roane County is second on the list with 13.7 percent of the population licensed to carry. Hawkins County is third in the state with 13.4 percent licensed to carry.

  • Vandals strike around Rockwood

    Nearly $8,000 worth of property was damaged by spray painting vandals in Rockwood late last month.

    Victims include a church, a county commissioner and the city.

    According to an incident report, Rockwood Police Department Officer Charles Crothers was on patrol on July 28 when he noticed a stop sign at the intersection of W. Strang St. and N. Wilder Ave. was defaced with blue spray paint.

  • Parton faces first-degree murder indictment

    Jenny Michelle Parton has been indicted for first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

    The Roane County grand jury returned the true bill indictment against her last month.

    Parton, 44, was arraigned on Monday. Her next court date is scheduled for Nov. 1. She remains in jail on a $500,000 bond, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office website.

    Robert Rosado died after Parton allegedly shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun on March 15. He was 47.

    The shooting occurred at a residence the two shared on River Road.

  • Woman choked, beaten

    A Rockwood man allegedly choked a woman until she loss consciousness.

    Jeb Stuart Johnson, 40, is charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood police were dispatched to a domestic situation around 10:15 p.m. on July 22.

    “When I arrived, I heard a female screaming from upstairs repeatedly get off her, get off her,” Officer Charles Haubrich said in the report. “When I reached the second floor a male subject came out of the bedroom where the screaming was coming from.”

  • Commission ignores Leffew’s advice

    Commissioners didn’t follow Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew’s guidance during Monday’s special-called meeting.

    The appropriation resolution for the 2019-20 fiscal year initially failed as amended 9-6. Commissioners Ron Berry, Randy Ellis, Ben Gann, Allen Hickman, Mike Hooks, Darryl Meadows, Stanley Moore, Jerry White and Ben Wilson voted no.

    Commissioners David Bell, Charlotte Bowers, David Brashears, Benny East, Junior Hendrickson and Shannon Hester voted yes.

  • Yager’s annual grant conference set for Sept. 18

    State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced that his annual grants conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Roane State Community College in Harriman.

    The conference will focus on providing local governments, community groups and non-profits pertinent information on available grants and the best practices for preparing a competitive application that will be successful.

    “The goal is to never let a grant opportunity pass by without local governments, community groups and non-profits knowing how to tap into it,” said Yager.