Today's News

  • Stout stuck to her guns, cared about her town


  • Kingston fire victim still critical

    Sandra Webb, the Kingston woman injured in a house fire last week, was still being treated at the Vanderbilt Burn Center Tuesday morning, a family member said.

    Tammy Clark, her sister’s daughter-in-law, said the situation was still touch-and-go.

    “They’re still pumping out smoke out of her chest,” she said. “She’s still critical, but she’s making a little progress every day.” 

  • Stolen goods incident leads to other charges

    A man wanted for aggravated robbery was arrested at the Rockwood Walmart on Sunday.

    Police were dispatched to the store in reference to a man at the service desk that was possibly trying to return stolen merchandise.

    “I made contact with the male suspect that I was given a description of, and who Walmart employees pointed out to me,” the police report said. “When asked for identification, I was given a Texas identification card.”

    The report said the person pictured in the Texas ID card was not the suspect.

  • Low voter turnout anticipated in municipal elections

    Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood and the Roane County portion of Oliver Springs have 12,194 registered voters combined.

    Fewer than 15 percent — 1,114 — cast ballots during early voting for the city elections.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he was expecting about the same turnout on Election Day, which was Tuesday.

  • Student academy gives youth a taste of policing

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is holding an academy for local students this week.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the students toured the jail on Monday. He said they also learned about traffic stops and patrol tactics.

    “They learned the basics and how to act if a police officer stops you,” he said. “It’s a good communication between them and the officers, so they’re not frightened or scared from being stopped by a law enforcement officer.”

  • Win gift cards in Father's Day look-alike contest

    The Roane County News is looking for fathers and sons who bear an uncanny resemblance.

    What’s in it for them?

    A $50 gift card each for the winning father and son. The father and son can be any age now and in the photos.

    They can be featured in the same photo or each have separate photographs.

    The photos can show each at any age.

    To be eligible, at least one of them must live in Roane County and have the photos to us by noon Wednesday, June 15.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in June

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct three sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during June in Roane County.

    One of the checkpoints will be from 9 to 10 p.m. June 10 on Patton Lane (Hwy. 382) near the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Two checkpoints are planned on June 24 — from 8 to 9 p.m. at Hwy. 70 and Swan Pond Road, and from 10 to 11 p.m. on Pine Ridge Road (Hwy. 29).

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The schedule is:

    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon June 15.

    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to  3 p.m. June

    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16.

    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17.

  • Harriman alum photos to be available June 11

    Miscellaneous photographs of students who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    The HCS Alumni Association plans to make these items available to the public starting at 1 p.m. June 11 in front of the Temperance Building.

    New yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.  

    Each year, funds are awarded to selected students at Harriman High School and Harriman Middle School.

  • Rockwood library receives technology grant

    Board members of Rockwood Public Library on Monday accepted a $18,983 grant check from state Sen. Ken Yager, center left, to be used to upgrade technology.

    Accepting the grant on the library’s behalf are, from left, board members Rochelle Angel, Stacey Collett, Rockwood Mayor James Watts, Rockwood Library Director Margaret Marrs and library board members Betty Johnston and Sue Hill.

    Rockwood was among more than 70 Tennessee communities selected to receive grants to upgrade library technology.