Today's News


    The man responsible for her husband’s death may be back behind bars, but Jennifer Ladd Lively is not celebrating.

    “Bryan Howard is worthless,” she said of the man convicted in the 2007 vehicular homicide death of Keith Lively. “He said he wanted to kill himself, and I want to ask why didn’t [he], and just make it easier on everybody?

    “At least, if that is what he wanted, I would tell him not to take anyone with [him].”

  • State enforcing tougher vehicular homicide law

    The state is getting tougher on people who commit vehicular homicide.

    A new law that took effect on Jan. 1 makes vehicular homicide defendants ineligible for probation if alcohol or drugs are involved.

    “We have a lot of victims who are frustrated by the fact that they are eligible for probation,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said. “Victims’ families are unhappy about it, so I think this is going to be something that the victims’ families are going to be very appreciative of.”

  • No money to replace old bridge to campground

    A plan to open up 80 acres for recreational use in the Caney Creek area hit a snag last month, when the Roane County Commission defeated a resolution to earmark $111,000 for a bridge project.

    “It came out of budget committee with a recommendation,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

    That didn’t sway a majority of the commissioners, some of whom said they believe the resolution isn’t fair to the Swan Pond community.

  • School buildings among retreat discussion topics

    The Roane County Board of Education is planning a retreat in early 2017.

    “Where will that be?” Board Member Hugh Johnson asked at the Dec. 15 meeting.

    “We’re still trying to figure that out,” Chairman Sam Cox responded. “We was going to go to Gatlinburg for that, but with all the fire damage up there we’re not sure yet.”

    Cox said the tentative dates for the retreat are Jan. 27-28.

    He said it will focus on the state of Roane County Schools.

  • New report details high-demand jobs in Volunteer State

    There is a high demand for workers in engineering, health care, information technology and production jobs throughout Tennessee, according to a new report released by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

    The state’s annual Labor and Education Alignment Program report is a regional study of occupations in high demand among employers throughout Tennessee.

  • Woman dies at Cash Saver

     Kingston Fire Department received a call around noon on Friday about a woman found unconscious in the bathroom of the Cash Saver grocery store at 615 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston. Responders found the woman not breathing.

    The woman who has not been identified pending notification of relatives, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    "She went to the restroom and management went to check on her about 20 to 25 minutes later," according to Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

  • Roane County’s TOP STORIES

    An ex-Marine turned baker was thrust into the spotlight in late February, but not for her military service or baking skills.

    What garnered Laura Ann Buckingham attention was an alleged plot to have her son’s father, Bradley Sutherland of Indiana, killed.

    The plot was reportedly foiled by Buckingham’s then-boyfriend, ex-Marine sniper Joe Chamblin.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Biggest stories left a big impact

    As the Roane County News wraps up the last issue of the year, it’s an opportunity to reflect on what 2016 has been all about.

    To me it’s been all about moving to a new county, starting a new job at the Roane County News in April and getting to know a new group of great people.

    As I reflect on the new experiences some of the biggest stories of the year also come to mind.

  • Kingston notches two impressive wins

    By Michael Lindsay
    The Kingston basketball teams rolled to two victories in the opening round of the Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Harriman Middle School, as the Yellow Jacakets defeated McMinn Central 48-28 and the Lady Jackets prevailed 48-41 over Jackson County.
    Kingston 48, McMinn Central 28: A quick 12-3 start set the pace early for the Jackets. McMinn made a run of their own to cut the Kingston lead to 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. Tyler Thurman poured in eight points in the frame.

  • Harriman extends winning streak to 11 games

    The Harriman basketball teams opened the annual Jim Cordell Christmas Tournament by playing three games Wednesday evening, with the Blue Devils beating Olliver Springs 69-31 and Rhea County 74-57 to extend their winning streak to 11 games, while the Lady Devils lost to region foe Sunbright 35-29.
    Harriman 69, Oliver Springs 31: The Blue Devils took control of the game early and kept things rolling throughout the contest, as the Blue Devils defeated the Bobcats for their first win of the night.