Today's News

  • Victim falls for tax scam

    Tax return season is a time for scams, and a Rockwood woman reports she is the victim of one.

    Melissa Ann Heilman spoke with Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton about her situation.

    “Ms. Heilman said she had filed taxes through Turbo Tax for 2017 tax returns,” Halliburton’s report said. “When Turbo Tax was brought back up on the computer, she saw that her 2018 income taxes had already been filed on Jan. 13, 2019. This date was before she had even received her W-2 tax information.”

  • School merger up for vote?

    The Roane County Board of Education could learn on Monday how the Roane County Commission feels about its plan to build a new consolidated high school.

    The commission meets in regular session that night, and a resolution on the agenda calls for approval of the new school along with other parts of the board’s “Educational Improvement Plan.”

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the resolution was submitted by the Commission’s Budget Committee at the request of the school board.

  • Amphitheater slowed but is still on track

    Planning for the Amphitheater at Fort Southwest Point is progressing, however the project may not be completed by the original Memorial Day target date.

    Representatives from project management firm Spectratech met with officials from the City of Kingston recently to review plans prior to construction of the 1,000-seat amphitheater.

    Based on a 12-week construction schedule, the target date for completion would be subject to the weather and somewhere beyond the Memorial Day target previously discussed.

  • RPD promotes two officers

    By Richard Evans

    Two officers from the Rockwood Police Department have been promoted to sergeant.

    The Rockwood City Council approved the promotions of Jared Hall and Charles Haubrich during their regular monthly meeting Monday night.

    Hall started with Rockwood Police in 2000 before leaving for a job with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    After nine years with that department, Hall returned to Rockwood in January 2012, where he has remained since.

    Haubrich has been with Rockwood Police Department since November 2007.

  • Harriman looks to Temperance Building’s future

    By Richard Evans

    It’s a Harriman landmark and a reminder of its history. It’s listed on the National Historic Registry. And it’s starting to show its age.

    The Temperance Building, built in 1890 by city founders, was originally the offices of the East Tennessee Land Company.

    From 1897-1905 it was the home of American Temperance University, a school founded to promote the social doctrine of the temperance movement.

  • Baby overdoses

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a baby overdose.

    “On Jan. 31, 2019, Roane County Sheriff’s Office along with the Roane County Ambulance Service responded to the report of a 1-year-old child that allegedly overdosed in Rockwood,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “The responding officers included a supervisor and a detective that was in the area. Once on scene, it was apparent that the child was having some symptoms that are not typical of a child of that age.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: All sides stay civil at meeting held on school consolidation

    By Mark Banker

    Happy Ground Hog’s Day!

    After a dreary start, the sun came out, and the temperature climbed into the 60s.

    Winter will, no doubt, return. But not because the varmint that regularly ravages my garden saw his shadow.

    That old legend aside, the contrast with last week’s polar vortex affirmed hopes that we will endure winter’s remaining dark and cold.

    Recent developments here in Roane County and on the national stage stir similar hopes.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: School consolidation has come up before and will likely come again

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. At least that’s what we say when things stay the same and don’t actually change.

    Here in Roane County a lot of things tend to stay the same, regardless of the fact that the world is changing.

    Historically, doing nothing is often the “go to” solution for many challenges facing the county.

    After all, it was good for our forefathers so it should be good for us ... and we might make things worse.

    As a result, this county has a tendency to remain mired in old habits.


    The two sides didn’t agree on much during Matthew Dotson’s trial last week. However, they did find some common ground when discussing Amanda Dotson’s upbringing.

    “Her childhood sounds horrific,” Assistant District Attorney General Alyson Kennedy said.

    “Lord knows she’s had it rough. She really has,” added Phil Lomonaco, Matthew Dotson’s defense attorney. “I think clearly what happened to her as a young child, clearly impacted on how she ended up.”