Local News

  • REACH in need of donations

    With less than a month to go until shopping day, Operation REACH is needing a strong close in its fundraising drive to make Christmas merry for 500 Roane County children.

    “We’re about $70,000 short,” said Randy Ellis, Roane County Operation REACH president.

    “Our goal is $125,000. That comes out to $250 per child.”

    Operation REACH — “REACH” stands for Roane Enriches Another Child’s H0liday — works with the Roane County school system to identify children in need from all parts of the county.

  • 10 years of feeding neighbors

    The Kingston Police Department is working with Hands of Mercy food pantry to make Thanksgiving better for an estimated 500 Roane County families.

    For the 10th straight year, KPD is seeking enough donations from the community to fill barrels throughout the Kingston area with enough food to supplement folks’ holiday meals.

    “We’re trying to get cash and food donations for Hands of Mercy,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane steps up to help all residents

    One way to measure the humanity in a community is to look at how that community treats those most in need.

    During my most recent class with Leadership Roane County, I was able to get an overview of the various social services available to residents in need.

    I’m proud to say that Roane County businesses and volunteers have a long tradition of stepping up to the plate when it comes to helping those in need.

  • Fatal car wreck case continued

    A continuance was granted last week in the case of a Harriman wo-
    man accused in a fatal car wreck.

    Robin W. Ledbetter is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault and DUI for a Feb. 14, 2015, crash that claimed the life of Terrance Clark.

    Ledbetter, 44, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 19,

    She had a status hearing on Nov. 7 that was continued, according to court records.

  • County looks at option on Dollar General for jail

    It’s no secret Roane County would like to purchase the Dollar General Store connected to the sheriff’s office in Kingston.

    It could be one step closer to doing that after Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting. A resolution on the agenda calls for appropriating $25,000 to secure an option on the building.

  • ROANE says thanks to VETERANS
  • ‘I just turned it over to God’

    Sixty-four year old Bill Scarborough is a walking miracle, and he knows it.

    The Kingston resident and former heavy equipment operator recently underwent his third heart surgery — this time, receiving an entirely new heart.

    “I just want everybody to know that if not for God and all the prayers [I received], I would not be here,” he said emphatically.

  • Huber bringing 141 jobs to Spring City and vicinity

    Huber Engineered Woods LLC plans to reopen its manufacturing facility in Spring City.

    Hiring will begin early next year, with full mill production underway by April 2018.

    Huber, a leading manufacturer of specialty building products, will create 141 new jobs as part of the reopening.

    The facility is one of only five continuous press operations in North America dedicated to the production of oriented strand board products.

    Spring City is in Rhea County south of Rockwood.

  • We salute our VETERANS
  • Roane GOP looks forward to Trump’s presidency

    Tuesday was a good day to be a Republican.

    The party held onto its majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

    “I’m glad Trump won,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb said.