Today's News

  • No school on Election Day in county

    Roane County students will be out of school on Nov. 6. That’s Election Day and four schools — Midway and Ridge View elementary, Cherokee Middle and Harriman High — serve as polling places.   

    Board of Education members didn’t like the idea of students being at school when people are going there to vote. 

    “I think it’s dangerous,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I think we’re asking for trouble.” 

    Wade McCullough agreed.

  • Whaley decision official

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved Chris Whaley as Roane State Community College’s newest president.

    Whaley, a Roane State alumnus and current vice president of student learning and chief academic officer, was recommended by TBR Chancellor John Morgan and unanimously approved by regents participating in a telephonic meeting.

    “To say it is an honor I guess is the understatement of the world to me,” Whaley said after the vote.

  • THP to conduct October sobriety check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Roane County on Oct. 12 on Hwy. 382 (Patton Lane) at Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The checkpoint will take place from 10 to 11 p.m.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

  • Arrests: Aug. 31-Sept. 13, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 31 — Kara Ashley Weeks, 26, 127 Lakewood Landing, Kingston: criminal impersonation, driving on revoked/suspended license, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange. Total bond $6,000; court date Nov. 5.

    Sept. 1 — Desiree Rita Baird, 29, 534 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood: failure to appear. Bond $10,000; court date Oct. 22.

  • Corn maze open through Nov. 4

    Officially opening the Roane County Corn Maze off Patton Lane are, in no particular order, County Executive Ron Woody, County Commissioner Randy Ellis and Roane County Park employees Stacey McElhaney, Johnny Marshall and Richard Crawford.

    The corn maze will run through Nov. 4.

  • Kingston native debuting 'Brand New Song': Wright to headline at Country Fair

    Woody Wright will be the headlining act at this year’s Kingston Country Fair.

    The celebration will be from  10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fort Southwest Point.

    Wright, a Kingston native, is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who sings everything from gospel to country. He promises to bring on belly laughs with his comic relief.

    Wright began his acclaimed music career singing in the Cedar Grove Baptist Church choir in the 1960s.

  • Snow-Edmonds

    Ricky and Tina Snow of Harriman announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Nicole Snow, to Clint Alan Edmonds.

    He is the son of George Alan and Debbie Edmonds of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. Oc.t 6 in Union Chapel Baptist Church at 2740 Lawnville Road, Kingston. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

    Invitations will be sent, but all relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 3

    25 Years Ago
    The Roane County High School Band Parents Association kicked off a new fundraising drive to collect a mile of quarters. Hoping to end door-to-door selling, the association took up collections at games, had road blocks, and placed canisters around town. A mile of quarters equals about 68,000 coins or $17,000. If successful, it could become an annual event.

    10 Years Ago

  • Military Matters: Brandon T. Finney

    U.S. Air Force Airman Brandon T. Finney recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Roger and Pam White of Oliver Springs, the airman is a 2010 graduate of Oliver Springs High School.

    Finney completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Military Matters: Michael J. Vann

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael J. Vann has deployed overseas to a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    A refueler technician assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, the staff sergeant has served in the military for 15 years.

    He is the son of David and Judy Vann, Kingston, and Janice McCown, Harriman.

    He graduated in 1987 from Roane County High School, Kingston.