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Today's News

  • Pine Ridge Road crossing to close for repairs on June 30

    Travelers who cross the Pine Ridge Road railroad crossing aren’t happy with the condition of the bumpy tracks after the railroad made repairs at the location.

    There is now a sign up saying the crossing will be closed June 30 for repairs.

    “The last inspection performed at this location was June 18, 2015, and the information we have received from the NS Railroad Maintenance of Way Department is that the crossing will be completely reworked/replaced by July 15,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • 'Now, We're People': Roane feels effects of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling with one couple eager to wed, another’s divorce caught in limbo

    A Roane County couple plan to apply for a marriage license at the Roane County Courthouse on Monday in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that makes same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

    Stephen Collins and Nathan Hartsuff have been partners for 18 years after being introduced by Collins’ straight brother.

    “Today is pretty big,” Collins said.

    “It took awhile for me to stop crying. It just means so much,” he added.

  • County blames trucking firm for damage to Woody Lane during dirt transport

    A Knoxville trucking company could have to fork over some money if a lawsuit filed by Roane County proves successful.

    In 2014, TVA hired Claiborne Hauling to transport dirt from a South of the River farm to the Kingston Fossil Plant for a landfill expansion project.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson accused the trucking company of damaging Woody Lane during the process.

  • Man gets 30 years for killing stepfather

    A Roane County man who stabbed his stepfather to death earlier this year will serve 100 percent of a 30-year sentence.

    Steven Edward Jones, 46, agreed to a plea agreement Friday to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Fred Silvey at the home Jones shared with Silvey and Jones’ mother, Carolyn Silvey.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he is “well pleased with this result, especially in the manner that all sides came together to bring a swift and just result in this tragic crime.”

  • Tyler Farmer indicted by feds

    William Tyler Farmer is no longer just facing criminal charges in state court.

    Last week, a federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a two-count indictment against him for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and for receiving stolen firearms.

    Farmer is a Kingston resident. His address is listed as 156 Greystone Way.

    The federal charges stem from a June 12 traffic stop in Meigs County.

    Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on suspicion of DUI.

  • Bait car too good for man to pass by, deputies say

    A Morgan County man is accused of stealing a car that was set alongside Interstate 40 as bait in the investigation of a rash of car thefts.

    Bernard Wayne Cook, 40, 140 Adams Court, Morgan County, is charged with theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000.

    “There is 20 that have been stolen all together as far west as Cookeville,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    In addition to Roane, Cumberland and Loudon counties have experienced such thefts along I-40.

  • Out to Lunch: No. 200 calls for a special visit to Miss Lilly’s Café

    It’s hard to believe this is my 200th “Out to Lunch” article.

    The first, on Junior’s Restaurant in Rockwood, was published on March 17, 2008.

    We invited longtime Kingston friends, Cliff and Sue Nunley, to join us on this special adventure to the “quiet side of the Smokies.”

    The Nunleys have hiked most of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent a few nights in Mount Leconte Lodge. We knew they would be good guides, and probably had eaten at several places in Townsend.

  • Diversity topic for employers

    Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity.

    Roane County Employers Association will delve into the topic during its July 14 meeting.

    Jennifer Henry, president of the Oak Ridge Human Resources Association, will discuss “Diversity: Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities” during the meeting from noon to 1 p.m.

    The meeting will be in the ground floor cafeteria of the Dunbar Building on the main campus of Roane State Community College between Harriman and Rockwood.

  • Rockwood officials honor Cliftons, McCrearys

    Rockwood celebrated two businesses recently by honoring the commitment the owners made to the community.

    David Clifton, formerly of David Clifton Chevrolet, and his family, including wife Pat, were touched by the recognition at the start of last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “It has truly been an honor to represent General Motors for the city of Rockwood all these years,” David Clifton said.

    Also recognized were Steve and Earl McCreary, who owned McCreary Auto Parts, or the Rockwood NAPA.

  • Taking a look back at spring signees in Roane County

    Through the first six — nearly seven — months, 2015 has been kind to the athletes of Roane County.

    Midway and Oliver Springs have promoted former OSMS head coach Larry Green and former Green Waves defensive coordinator Ryen Minton to head coaching roles.

    After TSSAA violations resulted in Harriman boys basketball being stripped of spring basketball (on top of losing a coach) the Blue Devils have finally secured a new lead man in former West Carroll coach Shay Shannon.