Local News

  • Gala for writing scholarship a huge success

    The Roane Writers Group held a fundraising Gala on July 21 on Watts Bar Lake at the beautiful home of our hostess Margaret Brogdon of Rockwood.
    All donations and proceeds will be used to fund the Roane County Student Writing Contest Awards and Scholarship Program sponsored by the Kingston Public Library Foundation and The Roane writers Group.

  • Let’s get good restaurant near new hospital

    I was a school teacher in the Atlanta area for 38 years. I retired in 2008 and moved back to Tennessee to be close to my family.  I love the scenic mountains and lakes that surround us.
    Being from Atlanta, I was used to nice restaurants and retailers. The new Roane Medical Center on Hwy. 70 will be opening in 2013.
    This is an excellent opportunity for new businesses to locate in Roane County, but it seems new business growth is stymied in this county.
    I have heard from many sources as to the reasons for this lack of progress. This makes me very sad.

  • Generosity for Shriners’ effort to be commended

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals  across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The cost to operate these 22 hospitals is $1.7 million per day.

  • Help us shine spotlight on the best teachers

    Teachers have taken a lot of hits over the past year.
    We think it is time to get back to giving the best of them the credit they deserve.
    Starting in August, the Roane County News, in partnership with Jerry Duncan Ford, is starting a new educator of the month feature.
    We need your help, though.
    We are looking for people to tell us — in 150 words or less — why a particular Roane County teacher stands out among their peers.
    Include the teacher’s name, educational institution and, if you have it, contact information.

  • Mullins paid campaign, but not taxes

    Republican road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has given his campaign $7,000 since February, according to financial disclosure records.
    At the same time, thousands of dollars he owes Roane County in taxes have continued to go unpaid.
    Mullins didn’t return phone calls on Friday, but he was forthcoming about his unpaid taxes when interviewed earlier this month.  
    “It’s all the truth,” he said. “There’s no denying it. I do owe some taxes, and I’ve got a plan working to get it done.”

  • Shooting leaves 1 hurt, 1 charged

    Harriman police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a woman accused of shooting a 28-year-old man in the chest last week.

    Chris Watters was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar late Tuesday afternoon.

    Less than 24 hours later, he was out of the hospital and sharing his story with Harriman Police Detective Jason Joseph.

    “Another quarter inch I would have bled out in less than 30 seconds,” Watters said before going to speak with investigators Wednesday.

  • HARRIMAN CITY COUNCIL RACE: Recreation, revitalization key issues

    Signs and campaign stumping might be rare in a city election involving one council seat that is only a partial term.

    It’s the case, however, in Harriman, where four candidates have covered the city in signs and canvassed neighborhoods asking for votes.

  • Student break-in case continuing

    The criminal case pending against Courtney Marie Thomas in Monroe County General Sessions Court was continued last week.

    Thomas, 18, is charged with aggravated burglary.

    She allegedly broke into the Sweetwater home of former Harriman High School boys basketball coach Jeff King.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with Thomas, who attended Harriman.

  • VA clinic committed to Roane

    Officials said talk about the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood leaving town is unfounded.

    “By no means is that a correct statement,” said Chris Alexander, a public affairs officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    “The clinic is there, and we’re committed to keeping it open and working with the contractors who have that same commitment that we do,” he added.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts is under that same impression.

  • Marker to honor memory of Wayne 'Cotton' Morgan

    A memorial marker will be placed outside the Morgan County Correctional Complex in honor of Wayne “Cotton” Morgan.

    The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the complex, 541 Wayne Cotton Morgan Drive, Wartburg.

    Morgan was a 28-year-employee of the Tennessee Department of Correction when he was shot and killed outside the Roane County Courthouse by Jennifer Hyatte during a brazen escape on Aug. 9, 2005.

    Morgan and partner Larry “Porky” Harris were escorting her hus-