Today's News

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.

  • Obesity, addiction among health issues

    Roane County is facing a range of health challenges from obesity to drug addiction, according to community leaders who gathered for a brainstorming session at Roane Medical Center Friday.

    The Roane Community Health Forum was organized to assess the most important health-related issues in Roane County, said Gary Young, director of community health at Covenant Health.

    The information gathered at the forum will be used to generate a report that should be published in early 2017.

  • From mayor to manager: Harriman’s Mason takes Oliver Springs town post

    Former Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has been chosen as the new town manager for Oliver Springs.

    In a 3-1 vote, the Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen chose Mason for the job Thursday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

    “I have a very high opinion of him and his capabilities,” Oliver Springs Mayor Cecil Crowe said Friday.

    The position had been vacant since the June 30 resignation of Becky Campbell.

    Cecil Crowe said it had been “a struggle to find someone with the qualities that we really wanted.”

  • Ellis no longer on committee for roads: Commissioner took job with department

    County Commissioner Randy Ellis has resigned his role as chairman of the Roane County Commission’s road committee.

    Ellis, who began working for the county roads department on Sept. 13, said Friday his resignation from the road committee would be announced at the next County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve submitted my resignation from the Road Committee to the County Commission,” he said. “There is no meeting or official business to be conducted by the road committee between now and then.”

  • Sweet life: Pastor presses on for old-timey sorghum

    Matt Edwards is devoted to his role as pastor at South Harriman Baptist Church, but he finds joy in another vocation as well, one with which he is quite familiar.

    Edwards is a fourth generation farmer, now with several acres all his own in Morgan County where he raises cows, chickens, pigs and about a half acre of sweet sorghum cane.

    For the second year he’s trying his hand at pressing and cooking the syrup down into the popular sorghum syrup that old timers used to make.

  • Tuesday’s the deadline for voter registration

    Voters can start heading to the polls later this month to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway has a list of things people should do before they go. Chief among them is making sure their registration is up to date.

    “If you go in and you get in line, and you’ve changed your address or your name, then you have to fill out another form before you go through to vote,” he said.

  • Old times there are not forgotten: Wheat homecoming

    The Wheat community may be long gone, but former residents, students and their descendants are making sure it is not forgotten.

    In remembrance, several dozen folks gathered last Sunday at George Jones Memorial Baptist Church just off Blair Road to celebrate the group’s 85th reunion.

    Nestled in the Oak Ridge portion of Roane County — and encompassing land from Bear Creek to Bethel Valley, East Fork Valley and Sugar Grove Valley — the entire community was displaced in 1942 to make way for the ongoing war effort.

  • Rockwood properties looking good

    Rockwood is certainly cleaning up.

    Within the last year, roughly 30 dilapidated homes have been torn down, either through city efforts, or those of homeowners, all of whom are working toward city beautification.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said the issue was one of the campaign platforms on which he ran two years ago.

    “When I was campaigning door-to-door, one thing people told me was that we needed to clean up our town, and that is what we have done.

  • Kingston firefighter injured on the job

    A Kingston firefighter was injured last week in a fall that occurred on the job.

    Eddie Lantz was reportedly adjusting a garage door at the main fire hall in Kingston when the Oct. 3 accident happened, confirmed Kingston City Manager David Bolling last Wednesday.

    The matter was first mentioned by Vice Mayor Tony Brown at the regular workshop of Kingston City Council on Oct. 4.

    Lantz apparently suffered a “serious concussion,” and was hospitalized overnight before being

    released the next day, shared Brown.