Today's News

  • Major drug dealer gets life in prison

    Ralph O’Neal shouldn’t be causing anxiety for law enforcement anytime soon.
    Last week a federal judge sentenced the former Roane County resident to life in prison for his convictions on drug charges.
    O’Neal was arrested in the summer of 2008.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that brought his office a sigh of relief.
    “We’ve been after O’Neal for 10 years,” Stockton said in 2008. “He’s been dealing for a long time.”

  • Adult Ed graduation at RSCC June 30

    The Roane County Adult Education program will hold its annual GED graduation on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the theater at Roane State Community College.
    A reception will be held after the ceremony for graduates and their guests.
    The event is sponsored by the Roane County Literacy Council and Roane State.
    Graduates and guests are asked to RSVP by June 24 by calling Cindy Hayes with Roane County Adult Education at 376-6663.

  • 2011 All-District 4-A Baseball Team

    Coach of the Year

    Terry Coker (Wartburg)


  • 2011 All-District 4-A Softball Team

    Most Valuable Player

    Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield) 


  • Riddick part of national title team

    Brad Riddick, a 2009 graduate of Roane County High School and current president of the University of Tennessee Wakeboard Club, just completed his sophomore year at Tennessee majoring in accounting and finance.

  • Gann, Tinker receive 4-A superlative awards

    The 2011 baseball season was another good one for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Tony Kegley’s squad finished second in District 4-A and advanced to the Region 2-A semifinals before their season came to a close.

  • Roane Medical Center groundbreaking rescheduled

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    A celebration at the future location of Roane Medical Center in Midtown won't happen this month.

    Roane Medical spokeswoman Jodi Harris said a celebration is tentatively scheduled for later this year to mark the completion of the facility that Covenant Health is having built to replace the original downtown campus.

    Plans were to have the celebration this month but plans have changed.

  • Out to Lunch: Rockwood’s Pick Up Stix offers a nice change of pace

    By Bethel Poston
    Ray Collett, Rockwood City Councilman, emailed me in March about a new and different restaurant coming to Rockwood. I immediately added Pick Up Stix Habachi Express to my list of “Out to Lunch” places to visit.

    Located in the former Shack’s Restaurant on Rockwood’s North Gateway Avenue, the building has been completely remodeled for originally a Japanese-style restaurant. On my visit, I discovered another cuisine, “Big A’s BBQ,” was added in mid-May.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jason Hackler, violation of probation Jan. 19. Guilty as charged Feb. 14, convicted.

    Amanda Boles, violation of probation Jan. 24. Guilty as charged Feb. 14, convicted.

    Toby L. Elliott, theft under $500 Sept. 14. Bound over Feb. 14. Theft Sept. 9. Bound over Feb. 14. Theft and aggravated burglary June 24, 2010. Bound over Feb. 14.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from May 2-6:

    From Tammy L. Goddard and Tammy Jolley to Michael Jolley by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Smoke Rise, Lot 20, $0.

    From W.H. Wilkinson and Sharon L. Wilkinson to Nathaniel Perlman and Jodi Perlman by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 54.457 acres, Salem Ponders Road, $463,900.

    From Margaret Ann Surber and Wayne Surber Estate to David P. Acres and Paulette C. Acres by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Midtown Heights Unit 5, Lot 16, $147,500.