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Today's News

  • Turning 100 on the 4th

    Roane County’s very own Yankee Doodle Dandy turns 100 on July 4.

    “Jean” Genevieve Forrester – at 4 feet, 10 inches and about 100 pounds – may look frail, but she’s a firecracker, according to family members who are gathering to celebrate her big day.

    Jean lives with her son Stanley Forrester and his wife, Barbara, on Poplar Creek Road.

    Barbara said Jean’s other son, Kenneth in Connecticut, came up with the idea last December.

    “Hey, we need to plan a big party,” he told the family.

  • Development behind flooding?

    Tuesday afternoon’s torrential rains put a scare in one Midtown family.

    Lucille Inman said her granddaughter’s backyard on Keylon Drive resembled a raging river when the downpour came through.

    “It was rolling,” Inman said about the water.

    An outbuilding in the backyard was partially submerged, and Inman’s granddaughter said a picnic table was covered by water during the rains.

    “We’re used to it flooding, just not this heavily,” Makaylia Bailes said.

  • McFarland’s judge bid back before ... judges

    Tom McFarland’s quest to become a judge took him to Knoxville on Wednesday. He appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals to argue why his lawsuit contesting the results of last year’s election for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge should go forward.

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood tossed it out of Roane County Chancery Court last fall.

  • Highway Patrol stop ends in arrest

    A June 16 traffic stop landed three people behind bars on drug and other charges.

    State Trooper Robert Woody said he noticed Solomon Shannon Potsdam driving erratically on Interstate 40 in a Saturn Vue.  

    “The suspect had a small marijuana roach lying in plain view when I was conducting a traffic stop,” the report said. That wasn’t all Woody says he found.

  • Time is now for Roane boat racer

    Locals have a hometown favorite to root for during boat racing at Kingston’s Smokin’ the Water Fourth of July celebration.

    Tom Burwinkle, who lives South of the River, has been racing several years.He will participate in his first event at Kingston this year after they added his category.

    His boat falls into the 350-cubic-centimeters modified hydroplane class.

    “I’m looking forward to it,” Burwinkle said Wednesday as other boats buzzed in the background.

    Burwinkle said he has wanted to race since he was a child.

  • More grand jury indictments

    The Roane County grand jury returned an indictment in a tree-clipper beating case last week.

    Suspect Joshua Vance Morgan is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in the Feb. 8 incident.

  • Jim Henry named governor's chief of staff

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Jim Henry of Kingston as his new chief of staff.

    Henry currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services and replaces Mark Cate who announced his departure last month.

  • Swan Pond cemetery indictment

    The man authorities believe is responsible for vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg, 1812 James Ferry Road, Kingston, is charged with theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000 and vandalism from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Limburg was arrested on March 17 for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI drug and evading arrest. He was the prime suspect in the cemetery vandalism, but he wasn’t charged at the time.

  • Another former Houston tract sold

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity has sold another piece of land that once belonged to the Houston brothers.

    Habitat acquired the land through a donation from Cleveland attorney James F. Logan in 2012.

    Habitat Vice President Jim Smith said earlier this year that his organization was uncomfortable keeping the land.

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have a history of clashes with law enforcement and public officials.

    They once vowed to defend the land with their lives.

  • Water aerobics draws followers

    Outside of the normal swimming lessons and children beating the summer heat, the Rockwood Community Center pool has another group of regulars.

    Four days a week, a group of 15-20 women gather in the pool to work on their fitness.

    It’s hard to tell they are exercising, however, with the amount of laughter and fun being had.

    The free, low-impact aerobics class has been around for years in Rockwood.

    One member said she’s been attending for more than 15 years.

    The class meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.