Today's News

  • Wanted man regrets calling police on theft

    A Rockwood man’s attempt to recover his motorcycle ended with him taking a trip to jail.

    According to an incident report, James Bradley Poole Jr.’s motorcycle was stolen, and he wanted to notify police he heard it around his residence on Wednesday, June 5.

    Rockwood officer Kendall Mitchell responded.

    “While on the way to 536 N. Chamberlain Ave., I was advised by dispatch that defendant had an active and in hand warrant for his arrest out of criminal court of Roane County,” the report said.

  • Free Medical Clinic opens second day in Harriman

    By Richard Evans

    The Free Medical Clinic in Harriman is adding a second day of service to its schedule.

    Starting Monday, the clinic will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

    The clinic, located at 521 Devonia St., provides access to healthcare for a segment of uninsured people in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties.

    The clinic opened in October 2016 as a satellite of the Oak Ridge office.

  • Roane inmate busted getting drugs at park

    A Roane County inmate is accused of having friends deliver drugs to him while he was working with a crew at a park.

    Roane County Deputy Jessica West observed a maroon colored Ford Fusion parked at Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park on June 13. She saw an inmate, later identified as Jamie Reno, kneeling outside the passenger door of the Fusion.

    West reported that Angelleigha Qualls was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a female, later identified as Candy Qualls, was also inside.

  • BOE gets new OS estimates

    The Roane County Board of Education is planning to come up with a new estimate for its Oliver Springs project. The previous one wasn’t enough.

    “How did we get from one number to the next?” Board Member Sam Cox asked during a special-called meeting last week. “Enlighten me a little bit there.”

    Maintenance Supervisor Lee Maines said a lot of time has passed from the preliminary estimates till now.

  • Kingston takes a swing at batting cage facility

    Kingston plans to build a $40,000 indoor batting practice facility at Fort Southwest Point Park.

    Council on Tuesday approved the expenditure of $6,443.70 remaining from the TVA enhancement funding to go toward the construction of the facility.

    “It’s time to close out the account,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

    The Kingston funding will pay for the concrete pad for the building, said Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Chase Clem.

  • Going With the Flo: Remember the heroes who died at Normandy

    By Flo Charles

    If you didn’t hear President Trump’s speech at Normandy on Thursday, June 6, it’s a must!

    Watching President Trump hug the survivors who were there and their tears of gratitude touched my heart!

    I felt a need to share some information for those who don’t know how we got to where we are, nor the sacrifices made for us. We must never let succeeding generations forget those who fought and died for freedom.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Board right to worry about state voucher plan
  • Harriman revisits cleanup around city

    On Tuesday evening, the Harriman City Council revisited an oft-discussed topic in recent meetings, cleaning up dilapidated properties in city.

    “I’ve been getting quite a few complaints lately about overgrowth, here in town … Mostly high yards and overhanging branches,” said Councilman Sam Russell.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said the street department is working on clearing overhanging branches on public property.

  • Hats off to Dr. Tedder