Today's News

  • Winter weather brings increased risk of fire deaths

    With most of the Volunteer State experiencing frigid temperatures this week, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that decreasing temperatures bring an increased risk for fires and fire deaths.

  • Roane adds grand jury session

    The grand jury calendar in the Ninth Judicial District is changing.

    The four counties that make up the district are Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan.

    The grand jury meets in Roane County in February, June and October.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week that Roane County will add a fourth session in July.

    Loudon County will also add a fourth session in May.

    Roane and Loudon are the biggest counties in the district.

  • Free Medical Clinic looks to grow at Harriman office

    By Richard Evans

    A segment of uninsured people in Roane, Morgan and Anderson counties have access to healthcare through the Free Medical Clinic in Harriman.

    The clinic, located at 521 Devonia St., opened its doors in October 2016 as a satellite of the Oak Ridge office.

    They are currently open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays but are hoping to add Mondays as well.

  • Students speak up for merger

    The Roane County School Board has invested countless hours trying to explain to the Roane County Commission the benefits of the K-14 curriculum improvement program, which would involve a consolidation of three high schools.

    At a joint workshop between the Board and Commission Thursday, Harriman High School principal Scott Callahan summed it up in just a few words.

    The K-14 program is about “opportunity and equity,” he said.


    The freedom Matthew Dotson enjoyed since he was charged with murdering his son was taken away Friday evening.

    A Roane County jury of seven men and five women found him guilty on all four counts they had to deliberate from.

    “At this time the defendant’s bond is revoked and he is remanded to custody,” Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton said after the verdict was read.

    Matthew Dotson was then led from the courtroom in handcuffs. His grandmother cried and his mother collapsed on the courtroom floor.

  • Bobcats sweep Coalfield

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats made one more free throw and one more 3-point basket than visiting Coalfield Monday evening and those four points were the difference in Michelle Christopher’s squad picking up a 44-40 victory in District 3-A action.

    The first quarter was a defensive battle with the Lady ’Cats holding a 4-3 advantage after eight minutes of play.

    Both offense picked up the pace in the second quarter. The Lady Jackets won the frame 15-14 to pull even at halftime, 18-18.

  • Tornadoes sweep Yellow Jackets

    The Alcoa Tornadoes took two from the visiting Kingston Yellow Jackets Thursday night. The Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Tornadoes, 54-42, after a hard fought district contest. In the night cap, the Yellow Jackets fell to Alcoa, 76-40.

  • Lady Jackets cruise into next game

    By Jack Sims


    The Cherokee Middle School Lady Jackets beat the Holston Lady Eagles in in the TMSAA Section at Sevierville Middle, 44–30.

    The top seeded Lady Jackets had a bye during the first round of the tournament.

    Due to recent inclement weather, their first game was postponed from last Tuesday to Thursday. So it had been a few days since Cherokee last played.

    Their win advances the Lady Jackets to the semi-finals Friday.

    Cherokee took the opening tipoff and scored first.

  • Devils move into tourney finals

    By Melissa Coley


    The Harriman Blue Devils were given a tough road to the sectional tournament championship game but after knocking off a tough Newport team on Wednesday night, it didn’t get any easier as they took on top rated Oneida on Thursday night in the semi-finals. Defeating the Indians by a final score of 46-39.