Today's News

  • GUEST OPINION: Matter of freedom - Excluding media is excluding you


    First Amendment Center

    Things are not “looking up” when it comes to our ability to “look down” or just around to keep an eye on what our police and other authorities are doing.

    In several high-profile incidents and elsewhere, police have moved to block the public from effectively seeing what they are doing at scenes. Those actions put First Amendment freedoms — speech, assembly, petition and free press — literally on the line.

  • Why can’t county officials “zone out” Tiger Haven?

    This letter is my response to Albert Tate’s letter in the Oct. 17 Roane County News about Tiger Haven and the director, Mary Lynn Haven.

    Mr. Tate quotes from a fundraising letter sent by Ms. Haven asking for donations to help with expenses caused by the food poisoning of many of the large cats housed there.

    She wrote that some died or got very sick from eating chicken infected with salmonella provided by a company who sent Tiger Haven meat for the animals.

  • New baler helps keep trash in check

    Roane County Solid Waste and Recycling Center got a boost last week with the installation of a new baler.

    Recycling balers are used to compact recyclables such as aluminum, cardboard, paper, and plastic into blocks that can easily be stacked and transported for sale.

    “The old baler had been here since 1997,” Roane County Solid Waste Director Ralph Stewart said. “We had just gotten to the point we couldn’t keep up anymore.”

  • New shoes galore
  • County pushes TVA on Fuller Park

    Officials see private investment along the waterfront as a way to help Roane County overcome the stigma of the TVA ash spill. One site that’s been identified is Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody wrote a letter to TVA last month, asking that the land restriction of “use as a municipal park for public recreation” be changed to also include “use for marina/restaurant/hotel.”

    “This change would allow the county/city the opportunity to explore development of a marina/resort,” the letter said.

  • Roane Gala a hit at home

    Roane County’s biggest fundraising event for the Roane Alliance returned home this year.

    People responded by turning out in record numbers.

    “It is more than double the people than last year,” said Pam May, Roane Alliance marketing and tourism director. “It was exciting.”

    May estimated that more than 500 people attended.

    “So many people over the years have told us if we have it in Roane County they’d come. And they did,” May added.

  • Fatal wreck could mean charges for local woman

    A Knoxville woman who was injured in a Roane County car accident died Sunday night.

    A Harriman woman could face charges for the wreck, which occurred on Nov. 6 on Hwy. 61 at the intersection of Shady Road.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Debbie L. Johnson of Knoxville was traveling south on the highway in a Toyota Avalon.

    She was waiting to make a left turn when her vehicle was rear-ended by a Kia Sedona minivan driven by 36-year-old Rebecca L. Phillips of Harriman.

  • Trial may be delayed for suspect in Kingston murder

    Tammy Rosado is scheduled to stand trial on charges of second-degree murder on Nov. 18, but her attorneys are asking that the trial be postponed until next year.

    “Neither the state nor the defense have been dilatory in any way, but despite the best efforts of counsel, the matter is simply not ready for trial this term,” Assistant Public Defenders Harold Balcom and Walter Johnson said in a motion to continue.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson disagrees with their assessment and wants the case to go to trial as scheduled.

  • Local police played role in major East Tenn. drug bust


    Two local law enforcement agencies were participants in an investigation that took down an East Tennessee cocaine conspiracy.

    The leader, Baltazar Camacho of Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced to 470 months in prison last week.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan determined that at a minimum, Camacho distributed between 150 to 450 kilograms of cocaine, and knew that half of that amount would be turned into crack cocaine.

  • Roane State teams fall in conference play


    The Roane State Raiders and Raiderettes opened TCCAA play Saturday afternoon in Morristown with a pair of games against Walters State, but it would be the Senators and Lady Senators coming away victorious.