Today's News

  • Registered sex offender back in trouble

    Defense attorney Chris Cawood said he’s not surprised by the latest arrest of registered sex offender James Tiegs.

    “They’ve been trying to find something on him since we won that trial,” Cawood said. “They were really upset that they lost.”

    Tiegs, 52, was tried last July in Roane County Criminal Court for aggravated sexual battery. Cawood was his attorney.

    The jury who heard the case found Tiegs guilty of misdemeanor assault.

    He was sentenced to six months’ probation in November.

  • Lady Waves top Harriman, 14-0


    After suffering shutout losses on back-to-back days, the Midway Lady Green Waves (8-3 in District 3-A) took their frustrations out on Harriman (7-4 in district) Friday when they pounded the Lady Blue Devils in four innings, 14-0. 

  • Grant’s grand slam leads Tigers past Oakdale, 12-1

     A Hunter Grant grand slam highlighted a 10-run third inning Saturday afternoon and that big inning was the difference as Rockwood defended its home turf with a 12-1 victory over Oakdale.

  • Blue Devils down Knights in shootout, 14-11


    Pitching and defense took the day off Saturday as Harriman downed Knoxville Christian School, 14-11, in a game played at Loudon High School.

    Saturday’s contest was a seesaw affair from the beginning as the Knights scored in four of their six trips to the plate while Harriman scored in five of the six innings played.

  • Midway takes two from Oliver Springs

     A Friday trip to Oliver Springs’ Arrowhead Park turned out great for the Midway Green Wave as Darrell Ruffner’s squad swept a doubleheader from the Bobcats.

    The Green Waves opened the evening with a 15-3 victory in game one and they finished off the evening with a 9-0 win.

  • Pemberton on ballot for August election

    Tom McFarland will not be running unopposed for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge. The Roane County Election Commission voted 5-0 Monday afternoon to put Mike Pemberton's name on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    “I think it's strong,” Pemberton said of the unanimous vote. “I don't think it could get any stronger.”

  • Hall vs. Stockton: DARE restoration, office open all hours among topics sheriff hopefuls tackle

    Four years ago, Ronald McCuistion made an issue out of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office not having a DARE program.

    It apparently didn’t help him at the polls, though: McCuistion lost to Jack Stockton by more than 6,000 votes in the race for sheriff.

    McCuistion’s lack of success, however, hasn’t stopped 2014 sheriff’s candidate Jared Hall from making DARE a centerpiece of his campaign.

  • Hearing today on Pemberton residency

    The Roane County Election Commission is expected to hear a challenge to Mike Pemberton’s residency when it meets today – Monday – in the courthouse in Kingston.

    The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and deal with the residency of Pemberton, a candidate for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    “He doesn’t live here,” Kingston resident Willis Hall contended.

    Pemberton said such statements are nonsense.

    “I live here — 255 Kirkham Drive,” he insisted.

  • 6-year-old taken from dad accused of making meth

    A 6-year-old child was taken into protective state custody last week when authorities found him in a Ten Mile home where they believe his father was making methamphetamine.

    Christopher Michael Raby, 39, was arrested at 1:10 a.m. April 23 at the Dogtown Road home. He is charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputies John Mayes and Mark Steinmann received information that there was an active meth lab at 404 Dogtown Road.

  • Former leader still keen on Plateau Park

    Seven years have passed, and Roane County has yet to receive a return on the $2.5 million it borrowed for Plateau Partnership Park.

    That hasn’t dampened Mike Farmer’s enthusiasm about the project, however.

    “Whenever you have an opportunity to work with others and reduce the risk to the county residents, then it is a positive step,” he said.

    Plateau Partnership Park is a joint industrial park venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties. All of the land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties.