Local News

  • Chamber shopping spree kicks off Wednesday

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s shopping spree kicks off Nov. 27, and Chamber officials are reminding consumers to shop at participating Chamber businesses to have a chance at winning $1,000 in cash prizes.

    The winning name(s) will be drawn at noon Dec. 17 at The Roane Alliance.

    The last day to enter the contest will be Dec.  15.

    “We love this program here at the Chamber,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson.

  • State Capitol Christmas tree grown near Oliver Springs

    Reaching more than 50 feet skyward, a tall Norway spruce is making the trip from its Morgan County mountaintop near Oliver Springs to the big city.

    The spruce has been selected as the Tennessee State Christmas tree and will soon be decorated and on display at the State Capitol in Nashville.

    “The UT Institute of Agriculture is honored to provide the tree for the enjoyment of the state’s citizens during the 2013 holiday season,” said Martin Schubert, manager of UT’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

  • Russell hopes to improve DUI prosecution results

    DUI prosecutions could ramp up in the 9th Judicial District.

    The District Attorney General’s Office now has a DUI prosecutor and DUI coordinator, thanks to a federal highway/transportation safety grant.

    “It funds the prosecutor and coordinator positions and is renewable annually,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The majority of Tennessee districts have them, and others have had them for years.”

  • Judge Simmons to retire in 2014

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. announced he’s decided to retire after 23 years.

    “I want to thank the citizens of Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties for the opportunity to serve as your Circuit Court Judge since Sept. 1, 1990. Since I now desire to pursue other interests and spend more time with my family, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2014,” Simmons announced in a statement this week.

  • Midtown business corridor proposal

    A request to rezone a significant stretch of land across from Roane County Park from agricultural to commercial was before the Roane County Planning Commission Wednesday.

    The zoning request was pushed off until next month’s planning commission meeting, Dec. 18.

  • Assessor wants to change office computer systems

    Appraisal information for Roane County properties can be found on the state’s real estate assessment data website.

    That could change in the future.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is planning to switch to a different computer system.

    “I foresee us being totally off the state system around March/April of this coming year,” he said.

    Morgan said he’s not happy with the state system.

    “It’s just old and archaic,” he said.

  • Dotson starvation case hearing set for March

    A new hearing date of March 3, 2014, has been set for the couple accused of starving their son.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are charged with first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Clifford.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton reported the tot weighed only 12 pounds when he died in May 2012. Investigators said a preliminary autopsy indicated the child died of severe malnutrition.

    Matthew Dotson was appointed a new attorney, Kent Booher, in July, after former attorney, Joseph Lodato asked to withdraw from the case.

  • Kingston paving moves forward

    The state highway funds Kingston officials have been looking to expend for well more than a year now appear to be in play.

    City council members authorized the city manager to advertise for paving bids for North Kentucky Street at the Nov. 12 full council session.

  • JFK’s visit to Roane


    SUBMITTED PHOTO/Roane Newspapers
    In 1959, U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, facing the camera on the right, came to Roane County to tour TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. The plant, completed in 1955, was a marvel as the largest coal-fired plant in the world and much of its energy powered projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Shown with Kennedy are, from left, former Roane County News editor Paul Page and U.S. Sen. Albert Gore Sr. Kennedy was later elected president, then assassinated 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963.