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Today's News

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS

    For years many of the residents of Van Stowe Road have gone above and beyond to make their neighborhood one of the merriest places to be around the Christmas season.

    The unassuming road may not seem like Christmas central at first, but as you crest a hill and pass under a row of lighted archways you quickly find out the source of the nearby glow you were seeing, as numerous houses go all out with lights, inflatables, nativities and more.

  • County boards history?

    Some County Commission committees are required by state law.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis wants to do away with the ones that aren’t.

    Ellis and fellow District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson have filed a resolution for Monday’s regular meeting that calls for abolishing 24 Commission boards and committees.

    The idea, Ellis said, originated with Commission Chairman Ron Berry.

    “When he became chairman a few years ago, he made the comment that he would like for us to go to doing workshops,” Ellis said.

  • Outdoor Kingston boosts dog park

    A Kingston nonprofit organization is raising money to build the county’s first dog park on land adjacent to the walking trail at Fort Southwest Point.

    Members of the Outdoor Kingston Foundation presented the Kingston City Council with preliminary plans to create “Fort Paws” at a workshop Tuesday.

    The park would provide a safe place for dogs to run free to play with other dogs and their families, said Outdoor Kingston Board Chairman Charles Elmore.

  • Equipment failure puts raw sewage in Emory

    Raw sewage overflowed from a malfunctioning pump station in Harriman this weekend.

    “We had an equipment failure at the Walnut Hill pump station that caused the pumps not to start as the level in the wet well rose creating the overflow. This is not normal operating procedure and we continually are working on ways to prevent this type of occurrence,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager.

    The station is on the bank where the inlet from the Emory River comes in across from Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Harriman officials OK splash pad study

    Harriman is moving forward with plans to develop a splash pad for local youth.

    The proposed cost of the splash pad is around $400,000, and officials gave City Manager Kevin Helms the OK to start looking at moving forward but not spending money yet.

  • Roane County Jail certified for another year

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year on Wednesday.

    “We’re excited to keep that certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The TCI inspected the Roane County Jail twice this year – once in August and again in October. Overcrowding issues were noted during both inspections. Stockton said there’s not much his office can do about that.

  • GLIMPSES: Conflict again a complication

    By Mark Banker

    Bears Ears, Codetalkers, Pocahontas, and Keystone Pipeline: All refer to the most recent controversies in our uniquely United States’ version of one of history’s most enduring stories.

    Initiated when an array of European people encountered an even more diverse array of indigenous Americans in the 15th and 16th centuries, this encounter took on many forms and evokes an array of responses that continue in 2017.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Screen Door Café sure to wow you

    I’m always looking for unique places for my “Out to Lunch” articles. You’ll want to plan to visit the latest unique restaurant we selected.

    “You guys ought to eat at the Screen Door Café, in Dayton,” Louise Turbyville Shipwash told my wife Carol, during a recent bridge group gathering they have regularly.

    “I’ve enjoyed eating there twice, and the food is great.”

  • Harriman middle drops pair

    The Harriman Middle School Lady Blue Devils and Blue Devils travelled to Lenoir City on Monday night to take on the Lady Panthers and Panthers of Lenoir City Middle School in some hoops action.

    The week didn’t start off well for the Big Blue as neither team was able to secure a victory against Lenoir City as the Lady Devils fell by a score of 35-16 and the Blue Devils lost by a score of 40-17.

    The Lady Devils were unable to get much offense going on Monday night as the Lady Panthers didn’t have much of a problem putting up points on the scoreboard.

  • Lenoir City claws Rockwood

    By Damichael Cole

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    On a wet and rainy day outside, the Rockwood Tigers girls and boys basketball teams took the court against the Lenoir City Panthers.

    Rain and darkness are a combination that don’t usually lead to the best of days, and it was hard for the Tigers to weather the storm on Tuesday night.

    In the first game, the girls faced a tenacious Panthers defense that constantly created pressure defensively, making it hard on the Tigers offense.