Local News

  • Father-son look-alike contest deadline set

    There’s still time to get your photos in for this year’s Roane County News father-son look-alike contest.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards.
    The winning look-alike father and son will each receive a $50 gift card.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the father and son, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.
    Deadline to get photos in for the father-son contest is Monday, June 11, by 5 p.m.

  • County Democrat meeting set

    The Roane County Democratic Party executive committee meeting will be held at Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters  at 108 Court St. in Kingston on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
    These meetings, held on the second Thursday of each month, are open to all Roane County Democrats.
    Members of the executive committee who are unable to attend should contact Kat Moore or Bob Cowan.
    Also, Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters is open for business with the following regular hours:

  • Haslam signs off on grocery tax cut

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Marion County this week to sign legislation to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent.
    Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing at the locally- and independently owned Smith Bros. Grocery in Whitwell.

  • Kingston hosting two triathlons

    Roane County is the perfect place for many athletic events, so it is no wonder that last year’s inaugural Storm the Fort Triathlon has now led to an additional event to be held this Saturday — Smokin’ the Water Sprint Triathlon. 
    Pam May with The Roane Alliance could not be happier. 
    “These types of sporting events help Roane County become a greener and more sustainable community, something that The Alliance has been working hard to get,” said May.

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  • Area soil district secretary charged with stealing more than $53,000

    An administrative secretary used a variety of schemes to steal at least $53,412.78 from the Morgan County Soil Conservation District, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit has revealed.

    The administrative secretary, Sharlene Justice, forged signatures of the district board’s chairman on checks and timesheets dating back at least to 2008.

    The administrative secretary wrote checks to herself and to family members.

  • Deputy’s convicted killer up for parole

    From staff reports
    The man sitting in prison for the 1983 shooting death of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy is up for parole this month.
    Facebook postings linking to Deputy Dennis Armes’ Officer Down Memorial web page have been circulating, asking people to write letters appealing to the state’s parole board to deny parole for Frank McCall.
    The letter said McCall has already been denied parole on at least two previous occasions.
    His latest hearing is set for Monday, June 25.

  • Ex-co-worker tried to stop shooting

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said J.T. Woods had a conversation with former co-worker Lisa Billings before shooting himself at Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s house last Thursday.

    “He was just telling her he had messed up, and it was time for him to end it,” Washam said. “She was trying to talk him out of it.”

    Washam said Woods eventually asked Billings, who works for Kirkham in the assessor’s office, to help him count down.

  • U.S. Senate hopeful Overall: ‘This is an opportunity’

    One thing U.S. Senate candidate Park Overall doesn’t lack is a sense of humor.

    Her funny bone sparked several loud outbursts of laughter during a meet-and-greet at the Roane County Democratic Party headquarters in Kingston last week.

    “I’ve got a good one for guns,” she said. “I’m for all guns — as long as they were made at the same time as the amendment.”

    Another outburst of laughter came when someone in the crowd asked Overall if she had ever slashed any tires.