Today's News

  • New insurance laws loom

    In about six months, every man, woman and child in the United States will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

    Can you and your family afford it?

    What options do you have?

    And what are the penalties if you don’t, say, get with the program?

    A representative from a new kind of health insurance entity was in Roane County recently to help dispel some of the fog.

    Lisa Preiss works with Community Health Alliance, a new company based in Knoxville.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Potential sometimes outshines reality

    June already has been hot, stormy and steamy, but it is difficult for me to think of it as anything but a gentle month.

    The perfume of honeysuckle fills the air. The lawn is a pliable expanse of green and not yet the brittle brown patch that can come later. Gardens – whether floral or vegetable – aren’t yet at their full potential, but their promise, at this point, is solid.

    June sets the tone for summer.

    I rarely take June vacations, but I love spending time in June planning them.

  • Dodd up for parole on child sexual battery

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl is up for parole.

    David Dodd, 43, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery with a recommended punishment written in the plea agreement of six years.

    Dodd, who is incarcerated at  Morgan County Correctional Complex, was scheduled for a parole hearing Thursday, June 13.

    He is listed as eligible for parole on Aug. 7.

  • Swafford receives Bernard-Greif Scholarship on 40-year milestone

    Recent Rockwood High School graduate Natasha Y. Swafford is the 2013 recipient of the Bernard-Greif Scholarship.

    This is the 40th anniversary of this scholarship being awarded to an outstanding student graduating from Rockwood High School.

    The $1,000 one-year scholarship to Roane State Community College is renewable for a second year if the recipient stays at Roane State to earn an associate’s degree.

    Swafford accepted the scholarship during Rockwood High School’s awards ceremony last month.

  • Dodgers win Harriman T-Ball title
  • Roane lands 43 on baseball, softball all-district teams

    With two teams appearing in the TSSAA State Tournament, the 2013 baseball and softball season was a good one for Roane County’s five high schools.

  • Rockwood's Airport Road closed to traffic

    A popular shortcut between Rockwood and up the mountain into Cumberland County has been shut down.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson announced the decision to shut down Airport Road immediately Wednesday because of concerns about the stability of the roadway.

    “This road has dropped. We've got some major cracking that is beginning to come into the road,” Ferguson said.

  • McKinney-Stephenson

    Candace Elizabeth McKinney and Samuel Virgil Stephenson, both of Kingston, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. June 15 in Grace Community Church, Kingston.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Carol Peddicord McKinney of Kingston.

    Her grandparents are Loretta Peddicord and the late Carl Peddicord, and Peggy McKinney and the late Floyd McKinney.

    The prospective groom is the son of Craig and Tammie Stephenson of Kingston.

  • Gibson-Shipwash

    Shayla Gibson and Jake Shipwash, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. June 22 at the home of the prospective groom’s parents at 333 Snow Lane, Harriman.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Tracie and Sean Gibson.

    Her grandparents are Clara Pickard and the late Willie Pickard, and Rolland and Beverly Gibson.

    The prospective groom is the son of Stacy and Timothy Shipwash.

    His grandparents are Louise and Leroy Shipwash, and Louise and Jack Taylor.

  • Nominees sought for FSA county committee

    The Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency is seeking area farmers and ranchers to serve on the county committee for the coming year.

    An informational meeting to explain the county committee nomination and election processes will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 17 in the FSA office at 424 N. Kentucky St., Room 100, Kingston.

    Anyone interested in more information about the FSA county committee may drop in at any time during this meeting or call 376-2392.