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Today's News

  • Yager bill aims to protect volunteer drivers from liability

    Legislation which encourages good Samaritans to volunteer to take senior citizens to places such as doctor appointments, the grocery store or the pharmacy has received final state Senate approval.

    The Protection of Volunteer-Insured Drivers of the Elderly Act, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, would help non-profit Human Resource Agencies and charitable organizations by giving transportation volunteers civil immunity as they seek to provide these citizens the help they need to remain independent.

  • CONTROVERSIAL PLAQUES PLACED AT COURTHOUSE

    The exterior “In God We Trust” plaques the Roane County Commission approved last year have been installed at the courthouse.

    One is over the parking lot entrance. The other is over the doors on the Race Street side of the courthouse.

    The plaques were installed last weekend.

    The commission approved the “In God We Trust” plaques last July. It wasn’t without controversy, however.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis was accused of playing politics by some of his fellow commissioners.

  • Shot violation of policy, not law

    The District Attorney General’s Office has determined Kingston Police Department Investigator Keith Kile didn’t do anything to warrant prosecution when he fired a warning shot into the ground during a foot pursuit on March 13.

    However, he did run afoul of the rules of the department.

  • Thefts empty Roane accounts

    Many Roane County residents have suffered a recent financial shock.

    Many have noticed fraudulant purchases, often in large or multiple amounts, on credit or debit accounts.

    “I told Sgt. (Kelly) Pittman this morning it is someone walking around with a skimmer,” theorized Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley, who lost $847 from his account just a day after pay day.

    Skimmers are devices that can steal personal information from cards.

  • Police pick up roaming tot

    A toddler was found wandering in the middle of the road on Vera Street in Kingston Thursday morning.

    According to a report on the incident, Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam was driving on Vera Street when he saw the toddler.

    She was wearing only a T-shirt and diaper.

    Washam summoned Assistant Chief Gary Nelson to the scene. Nelson said he recognized the child.

    “I had seen her before at 248 Vera St., so we headed to that address,” the report said.

  • Retired but not gone
  • House fire makes run up Walden Ridge

    When Harriman Fire Department responded to a Tuesday structure fire on Bazel Road, firefighters also had to tackle a brush fire that spread into the surrounding woods on Walden Ridge.

    Fueled by dried kudzu growing in the area, those flames soon spread over a large area of the ridge.

    “It was definitely over a hundred acres,” said Jason O’Shell with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, who was at the scene of the brush fire.

    “I reported it to my supervisor as 150.”

  • THE $50-MILLION QUESTION: Who bought the winning Powerball ticket in Harriman?

    Roane County’s biggest game changer has nothing to do with brackets, college basketball or March Madness.

    The mystery, however, does involve a ball. And it holds the power to be a life changer.

    Who bought the winning $50 million Powerball ticket in Harriman?

    As of Tuesday morning, the winner had yet to come forward to claim what Tennessee Lottery officials say is the third-largest prize in the state’s lottery history.

    The business that sold the ticket, however, is a mystery no more.

  • Coalfield baseball defeats Midway

    The Midway Green Waves fell to 4-3 on the year after a 4-3 loss to visiting Coalfield last Friday on a very cold and blustery day.

    Coalfield improved to 5-3 with the win. The Yellow Jackets lost to Tellico just the day before, a team that Midway beat at Tellico 20-1 two weeks ago.

    “You just never know how a game will go,” said Coalfield head coach Andy Lowe.

  • Rockwood boys, girls tennis pick up wins

    Both the Rockwood boys and girls tennis teams were victorious on Wednesday, defeating Union County High School.

    The Tigers finished the day 8-1, including finishing 6-0 in singles play.

    Drake Long and Zack Walker stalemated at 8-8, before Long would take a 7-5 victory, notching the first victory of the day for Rockwood.

    In similar fashion, Rockwood’s Tanner Green was tied with Nathan Capps at 8-8 and went on to claim a 7-4 win.