Today's News

  • $100,000 in pot plants ripped up

    From staff reports
    A two-day marijuana eradication operation in Roane County netted more than 100 plants last week, the District Attorney General’s Office reported.
    The plants had a street value of over $100,000 and were taken from several locations around the county. 

  • Health issue claims driver

    From staff reports
    Kingston police said a South of the River man died from a heart attack while he was driving in the city last Thursday. He was identified as John Davenport, 47, of Rose Circle.
    Police said Davenport was headed south on Kentucky Street in a Pontiac Firebird when he had the heart attack and wrecked.
    Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said passersby pulled Davenport out of the car and attempted to revive him.


    David Morgan’s mood started to perk up as soon as absentee and early voting totals were released at the Roane County Courthouse Thursday night.

    He had a lead on Teresa Kirkham and would go on to defeat the longtime incumbent in the race for property assessor.

  • Close vote puts Chris Ahler in Harriman post

    Interim Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler holds onto his partial-term seat by a small margin, narrowly beating out second-place finisher Wayne Best by only eight votes.

    Ahler was appointed by Mayor Chris Mason to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Chase Tedder, who left to take a park ranger position with the National Park Service.

  • Incumbents on school board, Wright back in

    District 2 will have a new representative on the Roane County Board of Education after this month.

    Danny Wright finished ahead of incumbent Frank Mee in last week’s election to take one of the district’s two seats.

    “I’m just honored that the people would give me the opportunity to serve on the school board,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with the other members and the County Commission to enhance education of the youth in Roane County.”

    Wright finished with 1,017 votes compared to 969 for Mee.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Hot dog! Servings all good at Jacque’s Café

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure began when my wife, Carol, and I began to make plans to attend the musical production of “Ragtime” at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus.

    We first invited our longtime friends, Jerry and Micky Pease, to join us. Jerry is part of the family that operates Pease Furniture in South Knoxville. They have been included in some of my previous articles.

  • August 2012 election
  • August 2012 campaigning


    Last-minute campaigning outside the Roane County Courthouse has become an Election Day tradition. These road superintendent hopeful supporters hope their smiles and waves will give voters a last-minute pause to consider their candidate for the job.

  • Hazen joins Walmsley’s dental staff

    Dr. Lyndsey Hazen has joined Dr. James D. Walmsley’s Kingston dental practice as an associate in his office.

    Hazen has been a practicing dentist for five years. She has been active in Remote Area Medical, traveled to military bases to treat soldiers before they are deployed, worked in the Health Department with children, and in nursing homes with the elderly.

    Walmsley said he is excited to have Hazen because of her clinical skills, experience and down-to-earth, warm personality and care and attention she gives to each of her patients.

  • A year of cleaning for UCOR

    After one year as the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, known as UCOR, has made tremendous progress in safely cleaning up DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The company’s most high-profile project, demolition of the K-25 Building at East Tennessee Technology Park, has been ahead of schedule. Demolition of the east wing is nearing completion, with the exception of five process cells needing further deactivation.

    UCOR has shipped more than 10,000 loads of K-25 demolition debris for disposal.