Today's News

  • N-S exhibit car to make only Tenn. stop during October Sky fest in OS

    Norfolk Southern Corp. has confirmed its exhibit car will be on display in Oliver Springs on Oct. 20 at the October Sky Fall Festival.

    Admission is free to the public.

    The exhibit car is a restored 1926 Pullman that was converted to a mobile museum in 1971. Norfolk has completed the restoration of the exhibit car for its 30th anniversary.

    Oliver Springs will be one of 15 stops across the country and the only appearance in Tennessee.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 18

    25 Years Ago
    A devoted daughter, loving mother and much respected co-worker, Marcella Krevinko died at the age of 48. An employee of Roane County News, she walked to work and never missed a day in 16 years. She cared for her mother until her death, just over a month before Krevinko herself succumbed to cancer. All remembered her with love and admiration.

    10 Years Ago

  • Zirkle turns 95

    Joseph Zirkle, a long-time resident of Kingston, reached his milestone 95th birthday July 17.

    Known as Joe to many, he was born the seventh child in the seventh month in 1917 to George and Clara Zirkle.

    A graduate of Tusculum College, Zirkle and Jessie Craw were married in 1939 in New Orleans, where they lived for four years while he was employed by Aetna Insurance.

    When the country entered World War II, Zirkle answered his country’s call to service and joined the U.S. Navy.

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Roane County on July 20 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    The checkpoint will take place from 10 to 11 p.m.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • The Garden Gate: Wild about rice? You’re not alone

    With its distinctive appearance and flavor, wild rice is one of the more popular gourmét foods.

    We must give full credit for this delectable treat to the Indians, especially the Chippewa and the Ojibway.

    These Midwestern tribes who used wild rice as a staple food.

    They valued it so highly that they waged tribal wars for control of Minnesota’s lakes in which the wild rice grew.

    The Chippewa name for wild rice is manonim, which means good berry.

  • Former Harriman coach quits

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said former Harriman High School basketball coach Jeff King resigned from the school system on Monday.
    “He sent an email, and we are now waiting on a hard copy,” Aytes said.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office is investigating whether King had an inappropriate relationship with a student. A young woman was charged with burglary recently at his Sweetwater home.
    King had been a teacher and the boys basketball coach at Harriman High School.

  • District 7 candidates easy-going

    School board members, like anyone holding a job, can use a refreshing every now and then. 
    “It’s like anything else,” Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill said. “You get a little bit worn out sometimes, but you just regenerate and come back. That’s what I hope to do the next four years.”
    Massengill is running for re-election. He faces Tammy Lyle in the District 7 race.
    “We’ll just leave it up to the people, and I’m content with whatever they decide,” Lyle said.

  • VFD still waiting on ISO info

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson expressed frustration about the lack of action on his community’s ISO review back in February. Fast forward five months, and Nelson is still waiting.
    “We’re waiting on ISO,” said Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services. “We’ve done all we can.”
    The issue of Blair’s ISO review came up at last week’s Roane County Fire Board meeting.

  • Assessor race dustup ‘staged,’ witness says

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan has been accused of staging an incident to get some publicity.
    “What he said happened did not happen,” said Rick Cantrell, a local resident who was around when Morgan claimed he was threatened by incumbent Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham.
    “It was staged,” Cantrell said.
    Candidates and their supporters gathered near the Roane County Courthouse on Friday for the start of early voting.

  • Sewer expansion gets Kingston’s OK

    Gallaher Road Sewer Project, Version 2.0, can finally continue, Kingston City Coucil members learned at the July 10 full council session.
    At the evening’s subsequent water board meeting, council authorized a $49,400 contract with Vaughn & Melton Engineers to design sewer lines along the west side of Gallaher Road — one of the phases of the continuing plan.