Today's News

  • Ellis gets role at city of Harriman

    By Richard Evans

    Roane County Commission Chairman Randy Ellis was recently hired as the director of the visitors center and tourism for the city of Harriman. He will also help coordinate special events.

    The visitors center, known as the Trailhead, is next door to the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    “It’s something that’s always been a passion for me. I’m a Harriman guy. I’ve got two businesses in Harriman. I live in Harriman. I want to help make my hometown the best it can be,” Ellis said.

  • TWRA leasing fields for dove season

    TWRA Report
    for The Roane County News
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2019 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1.
    Mourning doves are a popular game bird and one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. More mourning doves are harvested than all other migratory bird species combined in 39 of the continental states. In Tennessee, an estimated 19,000 hunters harvested approximately 334,000 mourning doves last year.   

  • Golf tourney helps Harriman students

    Submitted story

    for The Roane County News

    The sixth annual Jack Goss Memorial Scholarship Tournament held on July 20th was a great success with fourteen teams participating.

    The first place team was Buster Pierce, Cody Pierce, Dustin Murray, and DJ Shannon; second place was Bobby Clark, Hunter Clark, Hunter Atwell, and J. Smallen; the third place team consisted of Bill Lassiter, Wayne Young, Mack McNalley and Edgar Hillard.

    The money from the tournament goes to provide a $1,000 scholarship to Harriman High School graduates.

  • 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.