Today's News

  • You say tomato, I say ...

    Rockwood police gave a teenager a warning last week after a marijuana plant was reportedly found sitting by his window.

    The teen told the police he thought it was a tomato plant.

    The incident happened on June 21. According to the report, Terry Steelman told Officer Patrick Richard that his neighbor was “growing marijuana in the window.”

    Police Chief Bill Stinnett, Capt. Kelly Pittman and Richard responded to 305 W. Dunn St., to investigate Steelman’s claim.

  • Sex crime indictments handed down

    A Rockwood man turned himself in at the Roane County Jail last week following his indictment on alleged sex crimes.

    Daniel Kerns, 23, is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

    According to the indictment, he knowingly distributed material that included a minor engaged in sexual activity.

    Court records listed Kerns’ address as 917 Bayless St., Rockwood. He showed up at the jail Friday morning to turn himself in.

  • Scuffling woman’s wound initially resembled gunshot

    Harriman police responded to an altercation between a man and woman near the Quilt Shop on South Roane Street in the early morning hours Sunday.

    Initially law enforcement thought the injured woman may be suffering from a gunshot wound, but Harriman Chief Kenny Humphrey said it’s possible the intoxicated woman was struck in the arm by something on a passing train based on the injuries to her right arm.

    “They did get in a bit of a scuffle but it was not him shooting her like we originally thought,” Humphrey said.

  • Boyd in Kingston
  • Trio running for governor in Roane Thurs.

    Three major gubernatorial candidates will be in Roane County on Thursday.

    Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee have confirmed they’ll be at the Roane County Road Department’s annual community picnic, said Road Supervisor Dennis Ferguson.

    The picnic, which will also host U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Lee will kick off his day with a “meet-and-greet” reception at 11 a.m. at the Roane Alliance office at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Rockwood police find stolen gun during traffic stop

    Rockwood police reported finding pills, drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm during a traffic stop last week.

    A 25-year-old man with a Maryville address is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood officer Chris Kennedy spotted a BMW speeding at 11:49 p.m. on Thursday.

    Kennedy stopped the BMW in the 1300 block of North Gateway Avenue.

  • Dixie Youth youngsters get in on action

    The Kingston all-stars went unbeaten on the way to winning the two-day tournament, beating Campbell County 25-10 in the title game. The scores for the tournament are as follows: Campbell county beat Rockwood 24-14, Kingston beat Harriman 17-1, Rockwood beat Harriman 22-18, Kingston beat Campbell County 20-8 and Campbell County downed Rockwood 24-16.

  • Raider standout signs

    By Bob Fowler
    for the Roane County News
    He’s gone from being mainly a reserve for a Georgia college’s basketball squad to starting forward for the Roane State Raiders.
    Now, Jeremy Joyner is taking the next step, and it’s a big one. The 6-9 Joyner has accepted a full scholarship to play for University of Tennessee-Martin. Joyner said coaches at UT-Martin recruited him after watching him in tournament play.

  • Raider anglers have big spring

    When people think about college sports at Roane State, normally the first thing that comes to mind is the men’s and women’s basketball teams along with the baseball and softball Raiders and Lady Raiders.

    The newly formed golf team is also another sport that Roane State has to offer.

    However, there is a sport that Roane State has that is a little more unique than your traditional college sports.

    The Roane State fishing club competed in two tournaments this spring in the Yeti FLW College Fishing Series.

  • Tribute to a Tennessee legend

    by Ben Briley