Today's News

  • Longtime road worker terminated

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson provided little information on the April 28 dismissal of longtime Road Department employee Jimmy Henry.

    May 20 would have marked 31 years that Henry worked for the Roane County Road Department.

    A review of Henry’s personnel file on Thursday didn’t reveal any reasons about why he was fired.

    Ferguson was brief when asked about the matter.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” he said.

    Henry described how Ferguson gave him the news.

  • 12-year-old’s bravery applauded

    Last Tuesday was more than the celebration of Lexi Storey’s 12th birthday.

    Harriman American Legion members and others in the community also gathered to celebrate the strength of Lexi, who awoke on April 29 to find her mother unconscious and not breathing.

    Lexi’s mother, Stephanie Gibson, died later that day.

  • New attorney for mom accused of starving son

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton appointed Knoxville attorney Wesley Stone to represent Amanda Dotson in her first-degree murder case.

    The order was signed on Friday.

    She was previously represented by the 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, but the office backed out in March because of a conflict.

    Amanda and Matthew Dotson face first-degree murder charges in Roane County Criminal Court for the death of their 2-year-old son, Clifford.

    He was allegedly starved to death.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Satisfy your fried green tomato appetite at The Mansion

    “Bethel, I’ve just been to a restaurant I think you’ll want to write about in an ‘Out to Lunch’ article,” Gerald Ross said during a recent telephone call.

    “It’s The Mansion in Sweetwater, upstairs over a flower, home décor and women’s clothing shop.”

    Many of you remember Gerald as the long time band director at Roane County High School. He also spent nine years as Kingston First Baptist Church’s choir director and 32 years as choir director at Caney Ford Baptist Church.

  • Sosa new to United Way staff

    Joanie Sosa has joined the Roane County United Way staff as the new community impact coordinator.

    The community impact coordinator is responsible for office management as well as furthering the work of community impact by helping those in need. It’s an expansion of the administrative assistant position rather than a newly created post.

    “I’m excited about Joanie joining us and looking forward to working with her,” said Dina Jackson, Roane County United Way executive director.

  • Ridgeview renovates its Harriman facility

    Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services recently celebrated the renovation of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Peer Support Center at 221 Devonia St., Harriman.

    “The programs in the newly remodeled facility complete and complement Ridgeview’s continuum of services and promote opportunities for individuals to realize their goals,” said CEO Brian Buuck.

  • Ichiban bringing Japanese cuisine to Roane

    Roane County residents no longer will have to travel to Knoxville for fresh sushi and tasty Japanese cuisine.

    A couple who once operated China Panda Buffett in Spring City is opening Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in the former Cancun Mexican Restaurant at 1889 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    “We’ll have hibachi, steak, chicken and then sushi, hibachi and teriyaki and seafood,” said Sammy Huang.

  • Bertram, Duncan named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class A All-State

    Add All-State to the resume's of two Roane County basketball players.

    Midway senior Abby Bertram and Harriman senior Madison Duncan were named to the Tennsessee Sports Writers Association's Class A All-State team.

    Bertram, a Lee University signee, helped the Midway Lady Waves finish third in District 3A and win the District 3A Tournament, finished second in the Region 2A Tournament to earn a berth in the substate at South Greene, which went on to claim the state championship.

  • Yellow Jackets soccer team celebrate senior night with win over Knox Karns

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets soccer team  closed out the home season on senior night with a 6-0 victory over Knox Karns.
    Kingston scored four goals in the first half for a 4-0 lead.

    Zach McCoig scored on an assist by Zac Williams after a great breakaway by Williams down the sideline and scored an unassisted breakaway goal for the 2-0 lead.

    Williams scored on a long pass from center back Benjamin Carter, and Austin Courteau had an unassisted goal after a rebound from a Karns deflection by the Beavers' goalkeeper.

  • Knoxville Christian School defeats Yellow Jackets 4-2

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets baseball team traveled to Knoxville Christian School, Wednesday losing 4-2 in the six inning contest.

    KCS took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a single and a double; however, Kingston scored twice in the top of the second inning for a 2-1 lead, including an RBI single by Bryce Woody.