Today's News

  • New barracks to be added at Fort Southwest Point

    Plans are under way for reconstruction of an additional barracks at historic Fort Southwest Point.

    The new building will be even larger than the first structure, which is 43-by-17 feet with a 5-foot-deep porch that was built in the early 1990s. The second barracks will measure 62-by-16.

    “We’d like to get the foundation set and logs laid this winter,” said Rick Ross, director of parks and recreation for the City of Kingston.

    In order to make that work, the staff at Fort Southwest Point needs a little help. 

  • Mugshot publisher leaves out own

    The publisher of one of the mugshot tabloids sold in local convenience stores knows what it’s like to have a booking photo taken. 

    In fact, hers has been taken quite a few times — although none have appeared in her publications featuring hundreds of other mugs.

    Mychel Dillard, who publishes Caught Up, doesn’t see anything wrong with that. 

  • Feeding the waterfowl

  • Jago to head school board

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rob Jago to serve as chairman over the next year. 

    Jago, a District 5/6 board member, had spent this past year as the vice chairman. 

    “My goal is to make sure we move ahead,” he said.

    Jago started his second four-year term on the school board on Sept. 1. This will be his first time serving as chairman.  

  • Deer hunters can help hungry

    A Roane County meat processor hopes to get as much venison as possible this year into the hands of needy families.

    Allen Aull, owner of Aull’s Poplar Creek Ranch, has participated in the Hunters for the Hungry program for 10 years. 

    The program offers deer hunters an opportunity to donate a portion or all of their harvest to those less fortunate.

    “I got involved with it right after it started,” said Aull, who has been processing deer the past two decades on his Oliver Springs farm.

  • 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.