Today's News

  • Courthouse to stay voting site in spite of controversy

    The Roane County Courthouse will remain an early voting location for the Nov. 6 election.
    In August, the Roane County Election Commission directed Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway to send a letter to the state, requesting that the county be allowed to use Kingston Community Center instead of the courthouse.
    Holiway said he recently became aware of a state law that would have made the move OK, but after checking with the community center, he decided that it was best for early voting to remain at the courthouse for the time being. 

  • Mayfield pleads guilty, gets diversion

    Michael Mayfield pleaded guilty in his tire-cutting case Monday morning in Roane County General Sessions Court.
    Mayfield, the son of Mayfield Dairy Farms President Scottie Mayfield, was charged with vandalism under $500 in April.
    Kingston police said he used a pocketknife to cut a tire stem on Tyler Threadgill’s 2005 Audi that was parked at the Roane County Courthouse. 
    Threadgill is a campaign staffer for U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who defeated Scottie Mayfield and two other opponents in the Aug. 2 Republican Primary.

  • Courthouse gala a hit

    More than 100 people attended the Ninth annual Heritage Gala held Saturday evening at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    All funds raised from the event go back into restoration of the 157-year-old building, which is one of only seven antebellum courthouses still standing in Tennessee.
    This year’s gala is the first to be held in the recently refurbished upstairs courtroom.
    “We had planned to last year, but the elevator failed inspection,” said Darleen Trent of the Roane County Heritage Commission.

  • Shriners screening clinic Saturday

    Kerbela Roane Shriners will have a free screening clinic for children from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in South Gate Lodge 569 F&AM at 306 Ruritan Road, Harriman.

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

  • THP to conduct three license checks in Roane County over the next month

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints on three dates over the next month.

    The next checkpoint will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 28 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    A second checkpoint will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 on Pine Ridge Road near the railroad tracks; and a third will be from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 on Hwy. 58 near the new bridge.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Isham 70th

    Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Isham will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8.

    Like so many couples of the “Greatest Generation,” Isham and the former Wanda Delaney were married during the early days of World War II and spent their early moments together only during furloughs during the war years.

    After the war, they made their home in their native Roane County and have spent 70 years of marriage in their South Harriman home.

  • Brycelyn Steven Hennager

    Brycelyn Steven Hennager celebrated his fourth birthday on Sept. 11.

    His party theme was Monster Truck Jam.

    He is the son of Steven and Krystal Hennager of Ponchatoula, La., formerly of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are David and Carolyn Thomas of Rockwood, and Ronnie and Tina Hennager of Ozone.

    Great-grandparents are Marthalee Lowery, Bob Thomas and Dot Brown.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 26

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston Elementary School beat the odds of 10,000 to 1 by having five sets of twins among the 137 students in the kindergarten class. The twins included Sarah and Megan Robinson, Roseinna and Tracy Shelton, William and Robert Shannon, Kristin and Jennifer Renfro, and Tiffiany and Timothy Martin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin, For Roane Newspapers
    Homecomings are nothing new for the people who lived in the former Wheat community or attended the Wheat Schools.

    This will be the 81st year of getting together.

    On Oct. 7, the reunion will be at George Jones Baptist Church in what was known as Wheat. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with A.L. Turpin bringing the message.

    Wheat no longer exists except in the hearts and minds of the ones who lived there.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Purcell 50th

    Jerry and Betty Purcell of Harriman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6.

    They were married in a Presbyterian church in Lake Station, Ind.

    The couple has three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.