Today's News

  • Roane HOME grant hearing slated Thursday

    A public hearing on Roane County’s $250,000 HOME grant will be held on Thursday.

    “If you know anyone who may qualify for the HOME grant you may want to give them a call and tell them to be here,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The hearing will start at 5 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Woody said officials with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the county will attend to provide information.

    “They will discuss eligibility and the application process,” Woody said.


    The Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds will be transformed this Halloween season into a silly and spooky village full of good times.

    Boo-Town is the perfect setting for fun for the youngest goblins. It will even have a bit of a fright for those brave enough to venture onto a haunted hayride with a vintage tractor and its similarly ancient driver.

    “It is for kids, but also for anybody that wants to dress up,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president and manager.

  • Harriman bldg. razing delayed

    Cleanup work continues on the 500 block of Harriman’s Roane Street, where the Miller & Brewer Department Store burned in January.

    It was originally thought the remaining structures on the block would come down starting Monday. But the demolition has been put on hold — at least for another week.

    “They are prepping drainage and content for removal,” explained Lynn Farnham, Roane County purchasing agent.

  • County dump truck crashes into guardrail

    A Roane County Road Department dump truck crashed into a guardrail on East Race Street in Kingston Monday afternoon.

    The driver was identified as road department employee Christopher Beeson.

    Roane County E-911 received a call about the crash at 3:37 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Kingston Police Department and road department officials responded to the scene.

    The highway patrol investigated the accident, while Kingston police directed traffic around the crash.

    Beeson was near Scenic Drive when the crash occurred.

  • Berry new Commission chairman

    Ron Berry was tapped as the new chairman of the Roane County Commission Monday night.

    He replaces James Brummett, who served in the position for the past five years.

    “When you first sit down up there it dawns on you what goes with it,” Berry said.

    “It’s extremely humbling to know that folks think enough and respect you enough to put you up there.”

    Berry was the only commissioner nominated for the position Monday. He was elected by acclamation.

  • Lifestar base open in Rockwood

    The new University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar base at Rockwood Municipal Airport is now open.

    “We moved up there on Tuesday (Sept. 8) afternoon. We are there now 24-7,” said Jeff Gregory, director of Lifestar.

    “I think it is going to be a good location for us,” said Gregory.

    He’s pleased they’re better able to serve the region.

    Gregory said the base can serve counties including Roane, Cumberland, parts of Fentress, Morgan, the southern parts of Scott, Anderson, parts of Meigs and Rhea.

  • OSMS picks up wild win over Harriman, 52-40


    In what was a wild Thursday night of football at D.J. Brittan Field, the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats rallied from behind in the closing minutes to keep its perfect season alive with a 52-40 victory over Harriman.

    The Bobcats trailed 40-38 late in the contest, but took the lead for good when Tre Boswell scored from 8 yards out with 1:28 left in the game to cap an 8-play, 74-yard scoring drive.

  • Cherokee tops Spring City, 16-14

    Facing a fourth-and-1 with about two minutes to play against Spring City last Thursday, Cherokee Middle School football coach Wiley Brackett challenged his team to get the first down.

    The Yellow Jackets responded and got the first down on a quarterback sneak, which allowed them to run out the clock in the 16-14 victory.

    “That was an old-fashion, physical football game on both sides of the ball.” Brackett said. “We were just a little bit more physical up front than they were.”

  • RMS picks up first win of 2015 season

    A brief but heavy rain storm did not stop the Midway Middle Green Waves and the Rockwood Middle Tigers from kicking off on time, but it did alter some of the play calling on a soaking wet field.

    Now 1-4, Rockwood will try to get their second win Thursday when they host Cherokee.

    Midway drops to 3-2 with the loss and will host Spring City on Thursday.

    After both teams ran three plays and punted to end their first possessions, Midway got a spark on its second possession for the game’s first points.

  • ACE golf tourney set for Oct. 9

    Auto Collision Experts will host a golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 9 at Laurel Valley Golf Course in Townsend. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. with lunch to follow.

    Prizes will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin and longest drive. Entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per foursome.

    Call (615) 456-1452 for more information.