Local News

  • On high alert
  • What can we do about childhood obesity?

    Children are a product of their environment — the habits they are taught shape the rest of their lives.

    This fact is paramount in teaching our children how to nourish their bodies. Proper food and nutrition will literally shape how they grow — which is why we need to stop what we are doing to feed childhood obesity.

    If children see mom and dad go through the “drive-thru” three times a day, or just once a week, that habit will be ingrained in their mind as acceptable behavior.

    There is no healthy option in this cheap form of processed food — I guarantee it.

  • Dorothy and the Tin Man

    Brynlee Silvey and her brother, Corbin, dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz for Saturday’s Spooktacular at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston. The siblings are pictured with their mother, Haley Silvey. Visit www.roanecounty.com to see more pictures from Spooktacular.

  • Deer hunt for wounded vets set in December

    Roane County’s wounded veterans who might not otherwise be able to get into the woods will have a chance to get out for a deer hunt this December.

    The Bill Inman Wounded Veterans Guided Deer Hunt of Roane County will be held Dec. 20, with a kickoff dinner on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Point Baptist Church in Kingston.

    At press time there were five spots left for hunters.

  • Simply a no-show, or no invite?

    A challenger was absent from the Oliver Springs mayoral candidates forum.

    Jerry Vann, who is running against incumbent Chris Hepler, didn’t attend Monday night’s forum at city hall.

    He faxed a statement to the Roane County News that said he wasn’t invited.

    City officials contend that’s not true.

    “I hate that he feels that he wasn’t invited, but he definitely was,” City Manager Tina Treece said. The town’s website says invitations were mailed to all candidates on Oct. 17.

  • Early voting ending on Thursday

    Thursday marks the end of early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

    So far the turnout hasn’t approached 2010 numbers.

    “We’re running about 1,000 behind to what we were in 2010,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “I don’t know what the significance of that is.”

    According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 5,213 people voted in Roane County during the first 10 days of early voting in 2010.

    Over the same period this year, that number was 4,084.

  • Rockwood cleanup gets boost

    Rockwood continues to tackle cleanup issues around the city, this week passing ordinances to strengthen penalties and also requesting bids for the demolition of one problem location.

    Rockwood passed on first reading two ordinances to revise city codes regarding overgrown and trashed lots. These would make fines mandatory for individuals found guilty.

    “Now they’ll have to pay the fines and it will really help our city,” said Councilwoman Peggy Evans.

    The first ordinance permits the city to cleanup lots at the owner’s expense.

  • Kingston solar farm, round 2
  • Two men charged in shooting

    Two men have been indicted in a shooting incident that occurred over the summer.

    Bobby Lee Murray, 54, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Jacob Lee Murray, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

    The shooting happened on Old Elverton Road on July 21. One of the alleged victims was Joshua Brown, whose wife and three children were killed in a car crash on Hwy. 61 in 2011.