Today's News

  • McElhaney up for shelter head

    Stacey McElhaney is in position to become director of the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    She’s been the interim director since last fall, when John Griffin was removed as director.

    “I think she’s earned her stripes to be the director,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Commission meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. An item under special orders is requesting that Commission confirm McElhaney’s appointment.

    “I think she’s done a good job,” Woody said.

  • RIDING HIGH at the circus
  • Ex-budget director a CTAS consultant

    Roane County has a new County Technical Assistance Service consultant. She’s a familiar face.

    Kaley Walker joined the agency last fall as the new county government consultant for Region 2, which includes Roane and 11 other East Tennessee counties.

    “I think she’ll do good at that job,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    Walker served as budget director for Roane County for nearly six years before Roane County Executive Ron Woody abruptly fired her without explanation in August 2016.

  • Woman rear-ended by deputy suing county

    The woman whose vehicle was rear-ended by a Roane County sheriff’s deputy last year is suing the county.

    In the lawsuit filed by her attorney, John McFarland, Wanda Faye Robinson is seeking the maximum amount of compensatory damages allowed under state law.

    The accident happened on Jan. 19, 2017, on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Town’s water testing fined

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined the town of Oliver Springs last month for committing multiple drinking water violations.

    Despite the penalty, town officials insist the water is safe to drink.

    “I’m drinking it right now,” Town Manager Chris Mason said Friday. “It’s better than bottled water. Nothing is wrong with the quality.”

    According to the state, Oliver Springs gets its water from Bacon Spring. The town serves 2,114 connections and a population of around 5,100 people.

  • FBI LOOKS INTO threats MADE against Dems

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly looking into threats that were made against a meeting of the Roane County Democratic Party last week.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the trouble started on social media.

    A posting on the Facebook group “Happening Now in Roane County” about a regular meeting of the Democratic Party that was to be held at Greenwood School Thursday quickly turned ugly.

  • Football woes cause to worry?

    Americans love football. There’s no denying that simple fact.
    With the Super Bowl already played and in the history books, now comes the time when fans will have to fill their time with reading and watching news stories about their teams until next fall.
    Fans are rabid in their devotion to their pro, collegiate, or high school team of choice.
    So, if that is the case, why is football suffering? Well, at least the NFL and NCAA are starting to hurt. I don’t think we have to worry too much about high school.

  • Kingston standout to keep hitting links
  • Kingston splits with Tornadoes

    With the end of the regular season fast approaching, district games have become even more important.

    That was the case Tuesday evening when Kingston played host to the Alcoa Tornadoes.

    The girls game ended with the Lady Jackets winning, 45-35.

    Playing without standout senior point guard Abby Wilson, the rest of team appeared to be motivated to win for their teammate.

    Kingston’s defense shutdown Alcoa in the first and opened up the game for the offense.

  • Devils ruin McKinney’s big night

    By Melissa Coley


    Parker McKinney scored 4o points in a losing effort for Coalfield Yellow Jackets as the Harriman Blue Devils came to town and defeated the Jackets by a score of 80-76 Tuesday night.

    Coalfield jumped out to an early lead with a 6-0 run as McKinney put up 13 in the first quarter, but early foul trouble triggered Jacket head coach Daniel Byrd to go to his bench. Spencer Moore sparked the Devils by opening up their scoring with a trey and Jalen McCullum added 6 as the Jackets lea after one by a score of 20-14.