Today's News

  • Jim Henry says Vietnam changed his life

    Jim Henry is concerned about the political landscape in America.

    “Our country is in terrible position,” he said at Saturday’s 12th Gala of the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    “I’ve never known to be anymore worried about what’s going to happen to us than I am today.”

    Henry is no stranger to politics. He’s a former Kingston mayor and former Republican state representative. He’s currently Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief of staff.

  • Retired Teachers to meet Oct. 9

    Roane County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston Community Center.

    Lunch will be followed by a musical program featuring Kingston native Woody Wright.

    Members of the public who wish to attend must make luncheon reservations by Oct. 6 by calling Susie Dutton at 376-2749.

  • Tigers find a way at Harriman, win 23-14

    With star player Isiah Jones serving a one game suspension, and several other key players banged up, not a lot of people gave the Rockwood Tigers a shot at winning at Harriman’s Wallace-Black Field Friday night.

    Rockwood’s players didn’t get that memo, however, as they put together a gutsy performance in downing the Blue Devils, 23-14.

  • Kingston knocks off Greenback in OT, 48-42

    Kingston head football coach Brian Pankey would prefer not to go into overtime. He would also prefer not to lose. That's why he wasn't complaining after Friday night's 48-42 overtime win against Greenback at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

    “I'm proud of our kids for the way they fought back in the second half,” he said. “The defense didn't play as good the first half, but came back out the second half and played a lot better.”

  • Midway rallies past Oliver Springs, 40-17

    The two first-year head coaches in Roane County, Ryen Minton at Midway and Larry Green at Oliver Springs, met Friday at D. J. Brittan Field in Oliver Springs with both trying for their team’s second win of the year

    After trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter, Midway struck for 40 points to win going away, 40-17 over the Bobcats.

    Green's Bobcats fall to 1-5 with the loss and are facing a tough stretch of region games the next several weeks. Oliver Springs will host Austin East Friday before visiting Rockwood next week.


    Gov Bill Haslam has three people to consider for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge job.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met Friday and decided to nominate all three candidates who applied – Walter Johnson, Porsche Shantz and Jeff Wicks.

    “All three will go to the governor,” Council Chairwoman Cheryl Rice said following the meeting.

    E. Eugene Eblen has been the criminal court judge in the district since 1978. He plans to retire on Dec. 31.

  • Don’t look for tax bills yet

    It could be several more weeks before people receive their new property tax bills in the mail.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he can’t provide the information to Trustee Wilma Eblen until the County Board of Equalization finishes holding hearings and makes decisions on whether to change or uphold the property values of those who have appealed.

  • Second same-sex divorce filed in Roane courts

    Another same-sex divorce case has been filed in Roane County Circuit Court. This one involves two women.

    Robin Lynn Engala is seeking a divorce from Beverly Ann Gambill.

    “The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken due to irreconcilable differences which have arisen and exist between the parties,” states the complaint, which was filed on Sept. 21.

  • School calendar talks to start up soon

    The 2016-17 school calendar still has not been set.

    It wasn’t on the agenda for this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    When asked about it after the Sept. 17 meeting, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he would try to get the discussions on next year’s calendar started soon.

    “We’ll try to set that up,” Aytes said. “That’s a good point.”

  • Man, 31, charged in case in which teen reported missing

    Police said a 14-year-old girl was dropped off at her home earlier this month by a 31-year-old man after she had been reported missing.

    The man, identified as Brendon Seth Luffman of Harriman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    The minor’s guardian reported her missing on Sept. 14.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department went looking for the juvenile.

    Police said she was dropped off by Luffman after the search started.