Today's News

  • Accused scissor stabber complies after threat

    A suspect is accused of trying to stab a Kingston police officer with a pair of scissors. The incident happened last month.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Sgt. Tony Guy was investigating a call about a suspicious person in the North Kentucky Street area when he noticed a man sitting outside the post office.

    “The male subject saw me and took off down Stinnette Street in a hurried manner in the lane of travel,” the warrant said. “I pulled near the male. He looked at me and continued to walk away.”

  • Woman nabbed in pill sting

    Tiffany Danielle Stout, a 36-year-old Harriman woman, is facing a drug charge for allegedly trying to sell her prescription medication.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the person she agreed to sell to on March 27 was an undercover officer.

    “The affiant, acting as a drug customer, contacted Stout via text message and inquired about purchasing medication,” Sheriff’s Office Detective Jason Mynatt wrote in the report. “Stout agreed to sell the affiant 12 Suboxone for $20 per pill at Kroger in Harriman.”

  • Double feature kicks off baseball season

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation is hosting Double Play, a free outdoor movie night on Friday.

    Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

    Two classic baseball movies, “The Sandlot” and “Angels in the Outfield,” will be shown.

    Inflatables will be on site for children to play on as well.

    The celebration kicks off the baseball and softball season.

  • White Lightnin’

    Making moonshine is as much part of the Appalachian makeup as grits or country music.

    It’s part of Rich Minnick’s DNA, and he wants to share the tradition’s history with the community.

    Minnick, aka Moonshiner Pappi, learned the moonshine trade from his grandfather.

    “When I was 6 years old I started following my grandfather into the woods wondering what he was doing. For two years I didn’t do nothing but watch them,” said Moonshiner Pappi.

  • Relay for Life survivor dinner Thurs.

    Roane County Relay for Life will have its annual survivor dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday in Rockwood Event Center at 241 W. Rockwood St.

    The dinner is free for cancer survivors and one guest.

    Call Fran Puckett at 804-4482 or Kathy Cole at 354-3587 to register or for details.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Advances foster consequences

    By Mark Banker

    Recent revelations suggest that Britain-based voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica used infor-mation from Facebook in its at-tempt to influence at least 50 million voters in the 2016 presidential election.

    If reports that the Trump campaign paid the firm $6 million for their services are true, special counsel Robert Mueller will, no doubt, consider if this effort aided and abetted alleged Russian meddling in the election.

  • Rockwood can’t hold off onslaught

    By Melissa Coley


    Mikayla Heidel opened up a 5-run inning with a double followed with singles by Malachi Armes, Anna Smith, Carlee Kees and Breanna Rich as the high powered Coalfield offense came to life early and never looked back, shutting out the Lady Tigers, 18-0, from Rockwood Monday evening in the first night of a two game series in district play softball.

  • Tigers overcome slow start

    By Melissa Coley


    After a sloppy first half of an inning, Rockwood bounced back to defeat the Coalfield Yellow Jackets by a final score of 18-4.

    Nathan Harvey opened the game by smacking a fastball down the middle to right field and advanced to third as Aston Jones was hit by a pitch and Tyler Keathley walked to load the bases. Jake Kilby’s 2 RBI single scored Harvey and Jones and Keathley scored on a passed ball to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the first.

  • Sports and the new school

    I know I’m not from around here originally.

    The end of May will mark one year of me relocating to Tennessee and to Roane County. I can tell you, it was the best decision of my life. I feel like I have lived here forever and I love it.

  • Lady Tigers can’t top Jackets

    By Taylor Crombie

    for the Roane County News

    After getting shut out 18-0 at home Monday night, the Rockwood Lady Tigers traveled to Coalfield on Tuesday for the second game of the series. The Lady Tigers were unable to avoid the sweep, but put up much more of fight in their 6-1 loss to the Lady Jackets.