Today's News

  • OFF the CUFF: Nothing pretty in pink about breast cancer

    I bought a pink mop last week.

    I bought it because I needed a mop, it came with two heads, and it was $5.

    I plucked it from a display that looked like it came from the bowels of the basement of Barbie’s Dream House.

    “Support breast cancer research!” was emblazoned on the display, but it played no role in my buying decision, for a couple of reasons:

    One, I don’t believe for a minute any of the $5 I paid will go toward a legitimate charity that works toward research and awareness.

  • Appointments to county committees coming soon

    Future meetings of the Roane County Commission’s Committee on Committees might not be as easy as the one that took place on Oct. 6.

    The committee got together for the first time since being appointed by the commission in September.

    Stanley Moore was elected chairman, and Mike Hooks was elected as secretary.

    Members didn’t make any recommendations on who should serve on the more than two dozen commission commit-tees.

  • Action delayed on Tiger Haven suit over high fencing

    The Roane County Commission delayed taking action Monday night on a resolution calling for a lawsuit to be filed against Tiger Haven over a fence.

    “Tiger Haven is requesting that before we take action on this resolution, the codes office and I and the Tiger Haven representatives and their attorney meet to see if we can resolve this issue,” County Attorney Greg Leffew said.

    Commissioners voted to defer the resolution until their next meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 9.

  • Correction

    Dates for Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital were incorrect in Monday’s issue of the Roane County News.

    The Haunted Hospital will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29-30 in the former Roane Medical Center facility in downtown Harriman.

    The location will be used for a “trunk or treat” event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

  • Breast cancer topic of Lunch and Learn

    A free Lunch and Learn workshop on “Breast Cancer: Prevention and Detection” will explore various aspects of the disease, including myths vs. facts.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Call Roane County United Way at 882-7711 for reservations or more details.

    The workshop will cover risks and treatment options, as well as steps to take to prevent chances of being diagnosed.

  • County honors Roane deputies
  • Harriman residents to vote at Bowers in 2016

    The voting precinct in South Harriman is no longer at South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “South Harriman, the trustees, they didn’t like the idea, some of them, of mixing church and state,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    “They asked us to go back to Bowers.”

    Earlier this month, the Roane County Election Commission voted to move the South Harriman precinct from the church to Bowers Elementary School.

  • Caregiver accused of swindling man

    An elderly Maryville woman is accused of swindling a Kingston man out of thousands of dollars.

    Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile took out a warrant on Jo Marie Rasar on Sept. 15 for theft from $10,000 to $59,999.

    Rasar, 73, turned herself in at the Roane County Jail earlier this month. She was released on a $2,000 bond.

  • Man charged with stealing money from pregnant sister

    A man accused of stealing money from his pregnant sister was arrested last week.

    Joseph Ryan Whitefield is charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of theft in the Sept. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vinnie Del Toro was dispatched to 224 Pickard Hollow Road around 10 a.m. on a report of a burglary in progress.

    “Once on scene I spoke with victim Jerika Whitefield and Jennifer Bunch,” the warrant said.

  • Rockwood gets more for home renovations

    Rockwood received $381,450 in a Community Development Block grant for housing rehabilitation.

    “It is a big lick for us,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “We are really happy about it. That means we can help some people who need their homes cleaned up,” he added.

    “The main thing this will help people who really want their homes to be fixed up, make them energy efficient.”