Today's News

  • Divorces: March 14-June 6, 2012

    Divorces granted March 14-June 6 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    • Nichole Michele Urban vs. Dennis Daniel Urban

    • Eric Bryan Bannon vs. Sarah Elizabeth Giles Bannon

    • Kelly Denise Pridmore Bunch vs. Daniel Eddie Bunch

    • Sammy David Fritts vs. Jacquelyn Gene Fritts

    • Duane Richard Romine vs. Sherry Lynn (Tannenbaum) Romine

    • Lucy Kathryn Creswell Endicott vs. Shane Lee Endicott

  • Arrests: Oct. 16-20, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 16 — Nicholas Jackson Hawn, 21, 309 Webster Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 26.

    • Ashley Lynn ODonnell, 19, 2524 Brice St., Knoxville: unauthorized use of auto/joyriding. Bond $2,500; court date Nov. 26.

  • GUEST OPINION: Free speech or threat? It can be tough call

    A white supremacist faces sentencing for soliciting violence against a juror after a federal appeals court in Chicago decided that even though he never openly asked for anyone to kill or harm the person, his online posts were clear enough.

    The decision is another reminder that although the government cannot successfully prosecute a person, or a court send them to jail, because of mere ideas, the time, place and manner in which a person speaks — or even their intended audience — makes a difference.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shocking results of poll of racial attitudes

    Well, gentle reader, we near the end of another quadrennial collision over who should be the chief executive of this great republic, and all the pundits and prognosticators unanimously agree that it’s too close to call.

    Maybe so, and maybe not.

  • Longtime Kingston trainer calling it quits

    Chip Ladd has been a sideline fixture at high school football games in Kingston for more than 20 years.

    Not any more.

    Last week, Ladd worked his last official game as athletic trainer for the Yellow Jackets.

    He is leaving his field duties to spend more time with his growing family, especially his granddaughter, Lydia, who recently celebrated her first birthday.

    “I’m just going to change my role a little bit on Friday nights. My wife has put up with me being gone three-plus months out of the year,” he said.

  • TSSAA playoffs start Friday night

    After a grueling regular season, three teams from Roane County will be starting postseason play Friday night as Midway, Kingston and Rockwood have all qualified for the playoffs.
    All three teams will be on the road facing teams that have been a thorn in their side in recent years in the playoffs.
    For Midway, the Green Wave will be traveling to Cloudland in the first round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs. Midway has played at Cloudland three times in the playoffs since 2001, but the Green Wave have yet to pick up a victory.

  • TVAA wraps up regular season

    The final week of the regular season for the Tennessee Valley Athletic Association yielded no big surprises as the division leaders all remained in first place and now the championship games are set to be played on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    But first, the cheerleader championships will take place this Saturday at the Roane County High School gym. The first group of competitors will take the floor at 10 a.m. This is the fourth year the league has had the cheerleader competition.

  • Rendezvous in Paint Rock

    More than 2,000 Boy Scouts swarmed across acres of farmland in Paint Rock last weekend.
    “This is a Great Smoky Mountain Council Rendezvous,” said Paul Sharp, a diector with the Great Smoky Mountain Council of Boy Scouts of America.
    “We haven’t done this event in six years,” he said.
    The event was held across several farms and troops from 21 counties in East Tennessee participated.
    In the chill, pink-faced boys, their breath lingering in the chilled air, roamed from their campsites to activity after activity.

  • Former candidate scraps with deputy

    It took pepper spray, tasering and a sheriff’s deputy’s tackle to subdue a former candidate for Roane County’s top political office after he was stopped for allegedly speeding.
    Miles Ledbetter Jr., who finished third in the 2010 campaign for county executive, was arrested on Sunday on charges of assault and resisting arrest. Ledbetter, 33, was also cited for speeding.

  • The GOP gaining ground?

    Republicans didn’t always have the upper hand in Tennessee.
    “Back in the old days, when I first got involved in politics, you had to beg someone to run as a Republican,” House Speaker Beth Harwell, R- Nashville, said. “Now that’s not the case.”
    Now Tennessee features a Republican majority in the state House and Senate along with a Republican governor.
    As Election Day approaches, the party appears poised to increase its dominance over state politics.