Today's News

  • School threats bring arrests

    Authorities charged an Oliver Springs High School student for threats he allegedly made last week.

    “We’ve concluded that he did not actually have any intention of doing anything,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff said Thursday. “However, his threats did create quite a bit of alarm within the students and the community, so we have taken out a juvenile petition and he’s in the process of being taken into custody to go down to juvenile as we speak.”

  • Commissioner remembered as ‘great,’ ‘big-hearted guy’

    Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley passed away unexpectedly last week. He was 63.

    “He’ll be missed greatly on the Commission,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    “He was a great guy,” Commissioner David Bell added. “A big-hearted guy.”

    County Executive Ron Woody said Kelley suffered a heart attack.

    Kelley served on the Commission’s Budget Committee, which Woody chairs.

  • Jail inmates fight on way to church

    Roane County is reportedly on the hook for the “tens of thousands of dollars” it took to treat an inmate who was injured during a fight at the jail earlier this month.

    The incident happened on Feb. 2. According to a warrant, Deputy Christian Pryor was letting prisoners out of their cells to go to church.

    That’s when inmate William Joseph Lanter allegedly attacked inmate John Dalton Edde by punching Edde in the face and head.

  • Harriman alum brings engineering back home

    Students at Harriman Middle School were treated to a special lesson from Heather Pridemore as part of Engineering Week.

    Pridemore, a chemical engineer at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, visited Victoria Henley’s eighth-grade science class and gave a talk about the engineering field along with the many types of engineers that they can study.

    Pridemore is a Harriman High School alumnus and has been visiting Henley’s classes for more than eight years.

  • March for Meals at breakfast

    Mid-East Community Action Agency welcomes the public to attend a March for Meals kick-off breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Michael Dunn Center.

    Call 354-0450 to RSVP.

    Those attending will have opportunities to meet the staff, drivers and volunteers, view preparation and staging, and hear more about Meals on Wheels in the community.

    March for Meals is a monthlong community celebration of Meals on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Let’s make Kingston great again

    Imagine a downtown Kingston where folks travel from near and far to visit historic places and stop at coffee shops and ice cream stores to refresh themselves.

    On nice days these visitors could walk by the lake or maybe even rent a sailboat, canoe or kayak for an afternoon cruise before dining in a fine downtown restaurant.

    It’s still a dream, but business owners, elected officials and volunteers have been working to make it reality. These visionaries intend to breathe new life into the underdeveloped downtown Kingston.

  • GOING with the FLO: God protects those following Him

    In last week’s column I mentioned that God promises to “dispossess nations greater and mightier than we are” if we obey and He will “set us high above all the nations of the earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Mega-School invites Mega-Troubles

    Well, Gentle Reader: It’s happened again. This time at a high school in Broward County Florida. This atrocious slaughter has provoked, once again, the gun debate, and we could join in on that vital subject, but not today, for today we want to address a much more vital and much more timely aspect of this mass killing, as it relates to our local situation and future prospects.

  • Roane property tax deadline looming

    The deadline to pay 2017 property taxes without penalty is Feb. 28.

    “We’re expecting a lot of payments,” Trustee Wilma Eblen said.

    To accommodate taxpayers, Eblen usually opens her office for a few hours the last Saturday in February.

    Her office will be open this Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

    The Trustee’s Office is located on the first floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.