Today's News

  • Authorities use Taser on bat wielder

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on a disorderly Kingston man Thursday after he ignored orders to get on the ground and instead cursed at the deputy who made the order.

    Keith Bryan Jones, 50, 251 Woodland Drive, Kingston, was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search; obstructing service of process; and domestic assault.

    Deputies reported they responded to Woodland Drive on a call of a disorderly person damaging several vehicles and was in the yard with a baseball bat at the time of the call.

  • Fire damages house on hill near courthouse

    A home near the courthouse in Kingston caught on fire Wednesday night. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

    “There was smoke and flames in the attic area that penetrated and burned about a 6-foot hole in the roof,” Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said.

    The fire was reported at 9:03 p.m. The first crew from the Kingston Fire Department arrived on scene about four minutes later.

    “We left around 11:30 p.m.,” Gordon said.

    The Harriman Fire Department responded along with Kingston.

  • Oh, what fun it is to ride

    Rockwood 2000 will present Rockwood’s Downtown Christmas on Dec. 1 on Homecoming Park.

    This family event will be packed with holiday activities throughout the day.

    Live holiday music will start at the park at 3:45 p.m.

    Featured performers include Roane State carolers, the Evans Family Singers and Rockwood High School Band.

    Along with the traditional yearly downtown Christmas tree lighting, horse-and-carriage rides will be available starting around 5 p.m.

  • Mess lands woman behind bars

    Litigation over a property littered with debris landed an elderly Roane County woman in jail.

    Helen Hayes was arrested on an attachment issued in the case.

    Hayes, 67, owns property at 1812 Bluff Road. In 2015, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against her in Chancery Court for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris,” on her property.

    According to court records, Hayes was ordered to bring her property into compliance and failed to do so.

  • REACH $60,000 away from goal

    Time is again drawing near for Operation REACH.

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, takes around 500 needy children Christmas shopping and then off to Rockwood High School to wrap their new gifts.

    This year’s event will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9.

    “They spend about $225 a piece for them and their families,” said Randy Ellis, REACH president.

    For many it’s the only time the children will get to shop like this for items like toys and other items.

  • Something fishy’s going on
  • Starry Night at the Gala

    Guests will experience a “Starry Night” at the 16th annual Gala benefitting the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

    The celestial celebration of children, the arts and science will be from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Museum at 461 W. Outer Drive.

  • Thompson thrilled to play for Raiders

    By Bob Fowler

    for the Roane County News

    Tyler Thompson has been a fan of Roane State Community College ever since he was a freshman at Roane County High School.

    That’s when Randy Nesbit, head coach of the Roane State Raiders, noticed the gangly teen shooting left-handed as a member of the Yellow Jackets’ basketball team.

    Nesbit coaxed Thompson into trying some right-handed shots, and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • CMS comes up short versus Webb

    By Brittani Barger


    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets lost both games against the Webb Spartans on Thursday night in Kingston.

    Webb 41, Cherokee 23

    The Lady Jackets won the tipoff against the Spartans and got the first point on the board from a free throw by Eliahana Burns.

    Webb would get on the board next with a two point shot.

    The defenses on both teams were strong leading to a lower scoring first half.

  • O.S. and Wartburg meet for middle school b-ball

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats and Lady ’Cats renewed their rivalry with Wartburg Thursday evening and both schools would come away with a win.

    The defending East Tennessee Class AA Sectional champion Lady Bulldogs picked up their win after battling back from an early deficit to knock off the Lady ’Cats, 44-35.

    Oliver Springs picked up some revenge in the nightcap game as they knocked off the Bulldogs, 47-38.

    Girls Game