Today's News

  • Road still not taken

    The prospects of Roane County accepting Wildwood Lane as part of the county road system looks bleak.

    “You knew what you were buying when you bought it,” Building Official Glen Cofer told the Roane County Commission’s Road Committee.

    Wildwood Lane is in the Dyllis area. Some residents who live on the road are pushing for the county to take it over, but officials have only shown reluctance so far.

    Cofer appeared before the Road Committee last month and showed members a plat of the subdivision.

  • Rockwood wants to borrow $1 million more

    After passing a resolution in September to borrow up to $5 million for lighting and energy infrastructure, Rockwood officials approved another resolution last week to open up the possibility of borrowing $1 million more.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in a special-called workshop and session at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the meeting room in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • REU, attorney settle lawsuit

    Rockwood Electric Utility plans to purchase a neighboring building to its new facility as part of a lawsuit settlement with attorney Jim Smith.

    “It went to mediation yesterday. It was settled,” REU manager Kendall Bear said late last week.

    “As part of the settlement, Rockwood Electric Utility was actually able to purchase the property for $3,000.”

  • Dining With Diabetes starting up

    Roane County UT Extension will have a “Dining With Diabetes” workshop series starting Nov. 8.

    The workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through Nov. 22 in Kingston Community Center.

    The $40 registration cost covers food; participants will be taught healthier food preparation techniques and will make sautéed greens and carrots, slow-cooker sloppy joes and oven-fried chicken and sweet potatoes.

  • Haunted Hospital clown cleared of felony charge

    The man accused of groping a teen during a Halloween event two years ago settled his criminal case earlier this year.

    Larry Benton Davis volunteered at the Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital event at the old Roane Medical Center in 2015.

    He wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people.

    A woman claimed to police that Benton groped her and her teenage granddaughter.

    On June 20, 2016, the Roane County grand jury indicted Benton for felony aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor assault.

  • Boating safety class planned

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Watts Bar Flotilla, will have a one-day, eight-hour boating safety class on Nov. 18.

    The class will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Cost is $40 per person and includes lunch. Space is limited; make reservations early by calling Bill White at 376-4822.

  • Correction

    The 1,000 turkeys the Kingston Police Department will give away for the Thanksgiving Food Drive with Hands of Mercy will require about $12,900 in donations — or about $12 per bird.

  • GLIMPSES: Science minds steer Bethel Presbyterian into 21st century


    Three months ago, I reflected on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s contributions to Roane County education and celebrated three wonderful teachers with Bethel ties who enriched the lives of countless students and inspired my own 40 years in the classroom.

  • Rockwood men arrested in strong-arm robbery

    Two Rockwood men have been arrested on charges related to a weekend strong-arm robbery in Harriman.

    Authorities have identified the 19-year-old men as Jordan Crabtree and Austin Kane Penley. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Crabtree was in custody at the Roane County Jail, while authorities were en route to Kingston with Penley to book him into custody.