Today's News

  • Hardee’s worker reportedly accepted drugs at counter

    An employee at the Hardee’s in Rockwood was cited for allegedly receiving drugs from her boyfriend while at work.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to the restaurant on a drug call on Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m.

  • Medicare seminar next week

    Roane County ElderWatch will have a free seminar, “Understanding the Medicare Maze,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The goal is to help those who are turning 65, planning to retire or have questions about Medicare. Guest speakers include insurance professionals, an elder law attorney and a physician. Lunch will be provided.

    Preregistration is required due to limited seating; call Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services at 354-0450 to register.

  • HARVEY brings out Tennessee’s volunteer spirit

    Tennessee has long been known for helping those in need, so there’s no doubt the Volunteer State will do its part to help the recovery efforts in Texas from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.

    However, the best thing people can do now is wait.

    “Right now, the word I’m getting is don’t get in a hurry,” said Randy Roper, director of missions of Big Emory Baptist Association.

  • Panthers dominate Bobcats, 7-1

    By Damichael Cole


    The Stone Memorial Panthers have proven to be juggernauts this season and on Monday, Oliver Springs was the next opponent in their way.

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats came into the game with a 2-2 record. Both of their losses had come by one goal each, but this game was different.

    The Panthers defeated the Bobcats 7-1 to remain undefeated.

  • Senior bowlers keep on rolling big


    August 25

    1st High Game------ Barbara Pickering, Rick Matthews---429

    2nd High Game----Claudia Brown, Wayne Bowman---457

    3rd High Game ----Claudia Brown, Wayne Bowman---507

    High Scores today—Wayne Bowman-215 game--David Dawson, 221 game- Rick Alderfer-237, 205 games, 610 Series

    High Series today---- Claudia Brown, Wayne Bowman---1377

    High Series For July------- Claudia Brown, Wayne Bowman--1377

    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington 160, Rick Alderfer--189

  • OFF the CUFF: Face time is part of representing us

    Chuck Fleischmann says constituents won’t find his name on lists of U.S. Congressional members scheduling town hall meetings.

    The Ooltewah Republican contends he’s not trying to duck contentious sessions that his fellow GOP lawmakers have faced in the months after a controversial Donald Trump rose to the presidency.

    Nor, he said, is he avoiding discussions of hot-button topics like health-care reform, possible government shutdowns, immigration or gun control.

  • Roane giving Jim Henry a special day

    Roane County will honor Jim Henry this fall with “Jim Henry Day.”

    Henry is the former mayor of Kingston, who served 12 years as a state representative.

    “Jim has served this community for a long time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “He’s served this nation as a veteran of Vietnam.”

    Henry has also had a leadership role on Gov. Bill Haslam’s staff since Haslam took office in 2011.

  • No more Monday court lines

    Monday holidays like Labor Day should no longer pose a problem for the Roane County General Sessions Court criminal docket.

    For decades, the docket has been heard on Mondays, but it will move to Tuesdays starting on Sept. 5, which is the day after Labor Day.

    “We have so many holidays that fall on a Monday when the courthouse is closed,” Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston said. “The dockets seem to back up, so it makes them heavier. We’re not closed as much on Tuesdays.”

  • Storm the Fort

    Visitors to Roane County Park Saturday had plenty of chances for food, fun and a chance to give back to the community.

    Roane County’s volunteer fire departments got together for a community event to meet with the people they serve and to recruit new members to their crews.

    “Every department is in need of volunteers,” said Julie Griffin with West Roane County.

    She’s hopeful some more manpower will come out of the event.