Today's News

  • Midway Middle’s season comes to a close

    After running through the District Tournament, the Lady Waves of Midway Middle saw their season come to end Thursday night as they were defeated by New Center Middle School, 51-39, in the sectional round of the state tournament.

    The Lady Rockets jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Lady Waves following a field goal and a 3-pointer from Rachel Roberts.

    New Center then sent Caitlyn Ross to the free-throw line where the eight grader hit one of her two shots to finally put the Lady Waves on the board.

  • Raiderettes hang on to beat Motlow

    It took all four quarters, and nearly on extra one, but Roane State was able to hang on to defeat Motlow, 64-61.

    “I think they’re trying to make me age before my time,” Roane State head coach Monica Boles joked after the win.
    “ … Kudos to Motlow. It was a heck of a game. Those are the fun kind, the ones you live for.”

    The Raiderettes and Lady Bucks traded blows throughout the first half, swapping the lead more than 20 times in the opening period of play.

  • Raiders rally, come up just short of Motlow

    With less than a minute on the clock, Roane State had the lead.
    The Bucks from Motlow made sure it didn’t end that way closing out with a 4-0 run for the, 90-88, win.

    Ivan Hardin and former Harriman Blue Devil Xavier Howard helped lift the Raiders out to a 10-4 lead at the start of the first half, but the Bucks ripped off a 7-0 to take the lead for the first time.

    Much like the Raiderettes game prior, the two would swap the lead throughout the game.

    The Raiders were able to regain the early lead, but a 3-pointer from Reggie Williams put the Bucks out in front.

  • Roane deputy involved in shooting

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes was involved in a shooting Monday night.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the incident occurred at westbound Exit 340 on Interstate 40.

    “There was a pursuit,” Stockton said. “The pursuit got off westbound. There was a wreck. The officer got out of the car to approach the vehicle. The vehicle tried to get away and come at the officer and the officer opened fire.”


    Lifestar airlifted two people to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville for treatment for injuries sustained in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on Hwy. 61 near Harriman. Lifestar landed at the Hwy. 27/61 split north of Harriman to load the patients, who were taken to the helicopter from the crash site at the former Scandlyn Lumber Co. Neither the identities of the victims nor the extent of their injuries had been released by press time. Multiple emergency services agencies responded to the crash, which is under investgation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Smoot getting another attorney — again

    Stanley Barnett and Shawn Smoot were allowed to sever their attorney-client relationship on Friday.

    Smoot said he was unhappy with Barnett’s services and no longer wanted his representation.

    Barnett, in turn, said the relationship had become adversarial, and he could not continue to serve as Smoot’s defense attorney.

    “Under these circumstances, the court is probably going to have to relieve you as counsel,” Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen told Barnett during a hearing at the Loudon County Courthouse.

  • Dumping infuriates Kingston leaders



    Officials from Kingston and the state were quick to track down the culprit in last month’s illegal dumping incident that fouled a stream from Peach Street to Watts Bar Lake.

    It turned out the white sludge material involved concrete byproducts dumped by a contractor doing work for Oak Ridge Utility District in the Buttermilk Road area.

    The dumped material ran about a mile downstream to the lake.


    The Taco Bell in Kingston had another new sign put up last week — but this time it had nothing to do with weather.

    Its message was straight to the point:

    Micaiah, Prom? -Noah

    The message was posted Wednesday for all to see as teenage traditions took form.

    Roane County High School junior Noah Cash asked his best friend Micaiah Allen, senior homeschool student, to prom in the most unique of ways.

    “I would do anything for her,” Cash said.

  • Harriman manager may be able to surplus items



    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms may soon be able to follow through on a simple housekeeping task without going before Harriman City Council.

    The City Council voted on first reading of an ordinance last week that would give Helms the responsibility to surplus city personal property, with the sale of any single item estimated to have a value exceeding $1,000 to come first to the full Council.

  • County, cities pooling road resources, pending approval



    Roane County’s Road Department is making agreements with the county’s four cities to work together and share resources.

    Rockwood City Council approved the agreement at last month’s meeting, and Harriman City Council approved it this month.

    “It is something we should have been doing a long time ago,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.