Local News

  • Brrr! First cold, now snow?

    Preplanning and coordination.

    That’s what Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson says are the key to taking on a possible winter storm scheduled for today (Wednesday).

    “We started at 7:30 this morning, and we’ll work all day and maybe into tonight to get ready,” Ferguson said Tuesday.

  • Roane area residents urged to sound off about broadband

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is encouraging locals to take the state assessment on broadband Internet access.

    “We have a lot of spots in Roane County that still do not have broadband,” he said.

    Broadband Internet access is vital to Tennessee’s future, according to state officials.

    Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the statewide assessment earlier this month.

  • DUI among charges from head-on crash

    Ryan P. Price, a 33-year-old Oliver Springs man, is facing multiple charges for a head-on crash that occurred on Hwy. 61 near Scandlyn Hollow Road around 5 p.m. last Friday.

    The wreck was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    According to the report, Price was traveling east in the westbound lane in a 2003 Dodge Durango when he crashed into a 2014 Jeep Wrangler driven by 66-year-old Rodger Mattox of Oliver Springs.

    The report said Mattox tried to avoid the crash by swerving, but he was unsuccessful.

  • Harriman man accused of counterfeiting

    Harriman police said they uncovered counterfeit money and items used to manufacture counterfeit money at a home earlier this month.

    Eric Gann, 32, has been charged with criminal simulation in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Gann is suspected of using a counterfeit $100 bill to buy items at Rocky Top Market at 1008 S. Roane St., Harriman, on Jan. 10.

    “The defendant was positively identified by this affiant (Lt. Kent Warren) through the use of surveillance images,” the warrant said.

  • NAACP Roane County hosts Freedom Fund Banquet

    Roane County NAACP held it’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday evening at Roane State Community College, and a good time seemed to be had by the more than 100 in attendance.

    “I think everything went real well,” said Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge. “This is the only fundraiser we have and I counted 105 folks here tonight. The money we raise tonight takes care of our business from paying our utility bills to funding our scholarship program.”

  • Keep ID thieves at bay, support Dunn Center at shredding event

    Tired of it taking forever to shred your documents using a small shredder and cutting fingers when trying to unjam it?

    Have a small business or a relative’s estate you are in charge of?

    Michael Dunn Center’s Work Programs can destroy sensitive records safely, securely and confidentially.

    The Michael Dunn Center’s shredding truck will be in Kingston on Feb. 9 to shred documents for the public.

    The shredding event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower-level parking lot at The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St.

  • Gas prices at lowest since ’09

    As oil slips to the lowest level in more than a decade, gas prices continue logging multi-year lows.

    The price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $1.89, the lowest national average since Feb. 27, 2009.

    Gas prices in Tennessee are also at seven-year lows, with Monday’s state average at $1.68 per gallon.

    “Oil keeps sinking lower, making the cost to produce gasoline cheaper by the day,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, AAA.

  • No school in Roane County on Wednesday

    A potential 1-2 inches of snow in Wednesday's forecast prompted officials to close Roane County Schools on Wednesday.

    The call was made late Tuesday afternoon.

  • On the Ballot


    The following have picked up petitions to qualify for candidacy in the Aug. 4 election; names in bold indicate those who have filed their petitions with the Election Commission and are official candidates as of Friday evening:


  • Kingston’s boat slips going on Hwy. 58


    After several months of discussion and consultation with TVA, Kingston City Council voted Tuesday night to place its 18 “new” boat slips on Hwy. 58 across from the Kingston Public Library.