Today's News

  • Jackets split with Highlanders

    Tuesday night was a good night for the Kingston Lady Jackets as Connie Guinn's squad picked up a 56-48 victory over Scott at home.

    The news wasn't as good for Kingston's boys, however, as the Highlanders left Roane County with a 51-41 victory.

  • Wild finish keeps Rockwood atop District 3-A standings

    The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers picked up a huge District 3-A sweep Tuesday night as both squads knocked off Greenback at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

  • Greene signs with Cumberland

    Harriman senior Jace Green is a prime example of how hard work on the gridiron and in the class room can pay off as Wednesday afternoon Greene signed scholarship papers with Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.

  • OSHS asst. principal ‘good person’

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore said she’s been devastated by reports about her recent arrest.
    Moore, 43, was arrested on Jan. 26 for domestic assault against her husband. 
    “It’s very frustrating,” she said Monday. “I’ve never had something like this happen to me in my life.”
    According to the arrest report, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in Coalfield around 10:30 p.m. to investigate the alleged assault.

  • If title fits, wear it

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, could soon have another title to go by.
    An item under special orders on the Feb. 13 Roane County Commission agenda asks commissioners to confirm the appointment of the OES director as the county fire department chief.
    The item doesn’t mention Rose by name, but it would make him fire chief if approved.
    “Sounds like it would to me,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Rockwood lists benefits of I-40 access

    A Rockwood committee’s members can think of plenty of reasons to approach the state for help with an interstate interchange and new connector road to replace the old Airport Road.
    The members agreed the economically strapped city could benefit from the road.
    “I think the economic impact on this town would be tremendous,” said Harold Ishman, a former city council member. Ishman said the city could annex up the mountain and benefit from revenue if hotels or restaurants located at the interchange.

  • Sheriff hires former inspector to work at jail

    Barry Suttles used to inspect the Roane County Jail. Now he works there.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said he recently hired Suttles as a corrections officer after he stopped working as a jail inspector for the Tennessee Corrections Institute.
    “We have high hopes for him,” Stockton said. “We hope he moves up the food chain quick.”
    Stockton said he hired Suttles because of his experience. He was the man assigned to inspect the Roane County Jail for the TCI.

  • Whooping cranes take flight

    Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama in the next few days.
    The nine whooping cranes will be loaded up in travel enclosures onto vehicles as soon as possible, driven about 70 miles from Winston County, Ala., to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. They will be placed in a secure pen, equipped with identification bands and tracking transmitters, then later released in the company of other whooping cranes that have been wintering there.

  • Kingston adds new vehicle to fleet

    The latest addition to the Kingston Fire Department vehicles will allow personnel to access areas that were formerly impossible to access to evacuate victims of accidents and health emergencies. 
    The cart-like ATV will be especially valuable during local events such as the July 4th celebrations, triathlons and races and daily for residents who use the walking trails. 
    The purchase was funded by employee bake sales, chili luncheons, road blocks and donations from local businesses and friends.
    No taxpayer dollars were used.

  • League in search of Roane observers for commission meetings

    Oak Ridge League of Women Voters is in need of volunteers to serve as observers at meetings of the Roane County Commission.

    The ability to listen and take notes is all that’s required for this integral member of the League’s Observer Corps, which is aimed at making more hands — and ears — for a more transparent government.

    Contact Jo Ann Garrett, Observer Corps coordinator, at 865-483-4466 to sign up.