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Today's News

  • Garden grants to be offered starting April 1

    Roane County Cooperative Ministries will again offer Self-Help Garden Grants beginning April 1.

    These grants of up to $25 per family are offered to low -income residents of Roane County.  Grants are intended to cover the cost of seeds, plants and one bag of fertilizer to encourage recipients to plant small home gardens to help feed their families.

    Over the years, the garden grants have been funded by various sources and individuals and by grants from the Hunger Committee of the East Tennessee Presbytery.  

  • Harriman Music Club plans annual Palm Sunday service

    Harriman Music Club is in the throes of planning its annual community Palm Sunday program.

    The program will be at 2:30 p.m. April 17 in Bethel Presbyterian Church at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    There is no admission charge to attend.

    For most of its 100 years’
    existence, Harriman Music Club has sponsored and presen-
    ted this program as its annual gift to the Roane County community to honor and praise the Lord.  

    A different church hosts the program each year.

  • Father-son moment
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  • Jets hand Tigers first loss, 8-2

    Twenty-four hours after opening their season with a 15-5 victory over Oliver Springs, Jake Witter’s Rockwood Tigers suffered their first setback of the 2011 campaign when the Tigers dropped an 8-2 decision at Cumberland County.

  • Lady 'Cats knock off Sweetwater, 2-0

    Things didn’t go so well Monday when the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats opened the 2011 season with a loss at Sweetwater.

  • Commissioners growl over Hurley's Tiger Haven bill inaction

    Roane County Commissioners passed a motion Monday night that requests Republican state Rep. Julia Hurley to appear before them to explain why she didn’t file a bill on their behalf.

    The commission voted 15-0 in January to request that the Tennessee General Assembly adopt a law to require tracking devices for animals housed at Tiger Haven.

    State Sen. Ken Yager sponsored the bill in the Senate. Hurley did not sponsor it in the House.

  • Adult business regulations adopted

    If someone wants to open an adult business in Roane County, they now have some regulations to follow. The Roane County Commission amended its zoning Monday night to put the rules in place.  

    The county defines an adult-oriented business as one in which at least 30 percent of the floor stock merchandise is oriented toward the adult population and appeals to prurient interests. Such merchandise, the rules state, generally depicts male or female genitalia, breasts and sexual acts.

  • Woman to stand trial in car wreck

    A case against a woman charged with vehicular homicide can proceed, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.

    Nicole Lynne Lawson, 39, of Rockwood, is charged in the May 2009 fatal wreck on Hwy. 70 that left Gary Pugh of Crossville dead.

    The accident happened near Glenn Hill Road.

    The defense wanted to inspect the 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that Lawson was allegedly driving at the time of the accident.

  • Man accused of murder arrested in Roane County

    A McMinn County murder suspect was arrested in Roane County last week.

    Curtis Jordan III is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father.

    Curtis Jordan II, 42, was found shot to death at his home in Riceville on Jan. 10, 2010.

    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,  Curtis Jordan III was arrested without incident at a Roane County residence on March 9.

    Jordan, 18, was a juvenile at the time of the alleged murder.