Today's News

  • Big brush fire breaks out near three schools

    An out-of-control brush fire covered approximately 75 acres — coming over the ridge near Midway Elementary, Midway Middle School and Midway High School Tuesday afternoon.

    Keeping the schools safe took an team effort involving East Roane County, South Roane County andMidtown volunteer fire departments, Roane County Rescue Squad and Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Forestry Division.

    Although the brush fire was in close to the schools, evacuation was not needed, officials said.

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  • Jackets, Bobcats roll in TVAA action

    Kingston and Oliver Springs ruled week two in the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association.

    Kingston won four games against visiting Harriman while Oliver Springs swept three non conference games from Oak Ridge East.

  • TWRA urges safety on the water

    The Labor Day holiday, the final major weekend of the 2011 summer boating season is Sept. 2-5. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) wants to emphasize the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs) while boating in a safe and responsible manner. 

  • District games take center stage Friday night

    The first two weeks of the season have been exciting but other than determining wild card spots for the playoffs, they haven't meant much as they have no bearing on the district standings.

  • Fiery crash kills four

    A mother and her three children died in a fiery crash on Tuesday. The accident happened on Hwy. 61 north of Harriman a little after 6 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the woman was traveling west when her SUV crossed the center line and struck a tractor trailer head-on. Both vehicles caught on fire.
    “It was bad,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, said of the wreck.
    The tractor trailer driver, Joe R. Sexton, suffered only minor injuries. All four occupants in the SUV were killed.

  • Beer board fumes over delays

    For the second time, the Roane County Beer Board recessed a special-called meeting without taking action on the petition to revoke Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton’s beer permit. The latest break came on Monday.

    “How many times are we going to postpone or go into recess?” Commissioner Steve Kelley asked. “This could go on indefinitely. We have the right to make a decision if we want to.”

  • County votes to buy site near jail

    During the August Roane County Commission meeting, County Executive Ron Woody said firm numbers had not been gathered on what it would cost to raze a house behind the jail and turn it into a parking lot.

    Commissioner Chris Johnson said he has an idea of what it will cost.

    “You’ll probably end up with a $90,000 to $100,000 project for about, I estimated, maybe 15 cars in there,” Johnson said. “I can’t support that.”

  • More county land purchases anticipated

    Anyone with property to sell adjacent to the Roane County Jail might not have trouble finding a buyer.

    “I think it’s in the best interest of the county to start looking at that area over there for what we may need three, four, five, 10 years down the road,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told commissioners at their August meeting.

    The jail, on Third Street in Kingston, is connected to the Dollar General Store and near several dwellings.

  • The Garden Gate: Poms prominent in art, culture

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Petrus Crecentius was one of the most prominent writers of the late Middle Ages. His late 13th-century book was translated from Latin to Italian 100 years later, with French and German translations following.

    Crecentius described in great detail the ideal medieval garden with its trees, flowers, pathways, orchards, fountains and, among many plants, pomegranates.