Local News

  • Roads, deannexation part of legislators’ talks

    Education initiatives and funding for road projects across the state were two of the biggest concerns addressed at this year’s Roane County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast.

    The breakfast at Roane State Community College’s main campus was held in time to give input to the legislative delegation one day before the Tennessee General Assembly reconvened.

    State Sen. Ken  Yager said he supports measures to help Middle College students, such as those who attend the program at Roane State.

  • Meet Roane’s Top Firefighters, 2015 Edition



    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy will be celebrated nationwide Monday, Jan. 18, however it will be commemorated locally with two weekend events.

    The Roane County chapter of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Roane State Community College.

    It is an opportunity to raise money for the Roane County Chapter of the NAACP’s scholarship fund and kick off the Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, said chapter president Joe Eskridge.

    Singers and guest speakers will highlight the event, the largest fundraiser for the chapter.

  • Dumping closes 3 mountain roadways

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has closed three access roads in the Mount Roosevelt Wildlife Management Area due to illegal dumping.

    TWRA personnel found the remnants of shingles, lumber and other waste items on Jolley Road, Grant Helton Road and another unnamed road while on a December patrol of the area west of Rockwood.

    “It’s upsetting to see waste like this,” said TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Mime Barnes. “We’re very grateful to our hunters and anglers and when we see something like this, it’s very disrespectful to them.”

  • Rockwood VFW celebrating 70 years of serving vets
  • Roane rape suspect arrested in Morgan

    Harriman child rape suspect John Paul Little was arrested in Morgan County last week.

    According to the Morgan County News, the Roane County News’ sister newspaper, Little is charged with manufacture, sell and delivery of meth and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

    Harriman police arrested Little on Sept. 9, 2012, on charges of child rape.
    He was later indicted by the Roane County grand jury, and the charges are still pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Little’s alleged victim in the rape case was 6 years old.


    Lottery fever has struck Roane County.

    Area residents are hoping to cash in Wednesday night on a Powerball jackpot that could surpass $1.5 billion.

    “It’s been pretty crazy,” said April Yarber, manager of Fun Food Shell in Oliver Springs.

    “A lot of people are buying lottery tickets, even people that normally don’t buy Powerball tickets are buying them.

    “We’ve had people coming in buying $300 at a time.”


    Dreams of big dollars are dancing in many of our heads as we wait for the Powerball drawing. We asked readers on the Roane County News’ Facebook what they’ll do if their numbers are drawn for the jackpot, estimated at $1.5 billon at press time Tuesday.

    Here’s what you said:

    Keith Foster — I wouldn’t change a lot. I would take care of my 1890 Victorian Home in Harriman, give to the church, and of course take care of my kids. I would also

    completely build the fort at Southwest Point.

  • No place like home

    Thanks to hard work from a variety of area and regional agencies and individuals, Tom Allen has a new home.

    Located on Third Street in Kingston, it was constructed on the site of his previous home which was rocked and damaged by a 2014 tornado. It was officially dedicated on Monday.

    Beginning with a grant to the city of Kingston from the Tennessee Housing Development Corp.’s Rebuild and Recovery Disaster Program and administered by the Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Allen’s home has been under construction since November.

  • Wicks recuses self from child-starvation case

    Someone other than recently appointed Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks will preside over the child starvation case.

    Wicks recused himself on Monday.

    “Judge Wicks’ self-recusal was appropriate and necessary,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a press release.

    “We expected this to happen on this case once judge Wicks received the appointment.”