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Today's News

  • Make a clean path for the mailman

    Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and the post office.

    Postal patrons in Roane County can support their letter carriers and post office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

    “We will do our best to make delivery to all addresses,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Walton.

    “At the same time, we must insure the safety of our carriers along their routes,” he added.

  • Clean up your ride after the thaw

    Your shiny car is probably three dirty shades of grey after driving through the snow, slush and salt during the last two weeks.

    In fact, your car could be corroding in some secret places, and reversing the effects may not be as easy as a simple car wash.

    “In addition to the build-up on the body of the vehicle, damage can occur to the undercarriage as well,” said Jack Wilson, a spokesman for AAA.

    “Proper cleaning can help combat corrosion to vital parts such as brake lines and fuel tanks, and time could be a factor.”

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • Kingston girls, boys fall in Region tournament

    It took almost until the beginning of March, but the boy’s and girl’s basketball seasons have come to an end for Roane County High School.

    On Thursday, both the boys and girls teams were defeated by Fulton in the region tournament. The Jackets lost 61-40, and the Lady Jackets fell 73-47.

    Girl’s Game

    Thanks in part to Kingston’s Rachel Layne, the Lady Jacket were able to hang with Fulton through the first quarter.

  • String of Consciousness: What has happened to basketball?

    District champions that didn’t really win a district championship.

    Not one, but TWO teams trying to lose a game at the same time.

    Possible region champions that aren’t really region champions.

    What’s next? Are we going to draw straws for the state championships this year?

    Look, I get it. This weather has royally screwed up most everything, but does it really have to screw up basketball, too?

    Last week, district tournaments were, for the most part, completely wiped out in Tennessee.

  • ARE WE DONE NOW? PLEASE?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County may soon know whether the state and county qualify for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the costs of dealing with the past two weeks’ of winter weather.

    Scott Stout, the director of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services, said he could know something soon. From ice to heavy snow and everything in between, officials have had their hands full.

  • Salt supplies holding up in Roane

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Salt to keep Roane County’s roads safe shouldn’t be a concern.

    Roane County Highway Department Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he’s got plenty of it, including some left from the original 500 tons he ordered last spring.

    “I have another 300 tons on its way,” said Ferguson, who had a contract to buy it in emergency situations. “This will get us through.”

  • No charges against deputy in I-40 shooting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy will not face charges in a Feb. 9 officer-involved shooting. The Roane County grand jury heard testimony and watched video of the incident on Monday, and determined John Mayes acted appropriately when he shot Christopher Lee Powers.

  • ROCKWOOD: Further investigation asked for on visitor center

    A probe of Rockwood Revitalization Inc. will continue.

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found the organization did not comply with the terms of a grant it received for a visitors center.

    The Roane County grand jury reviewed the comptroller’s report on Monday.

    “The grand jury found that additional investigation should be required,” an addendum to the grand jury report said.

  • Ice-storm sleepover at RMC

    Roane Medical Center beds were a little more full over the past 10 days, but not necessarily with patients.

    Many of them were filled with employees who stayed over during the worst of the ice and snow to make sure patients got the care they needed.

    Jason Pilant, vice president and CEO of the hospital, said a dedicated staff and emergency planning drills helped the facility take the difficult weather in stride.

    “From a staffing perspective, we’re really fortunate,” Pilant said.