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Today's News

  • Kingston dress code a no go

    Earlier this summer, Kingston city officials raised the issue of a revised dress code — or, more specifically, a personal appearance code.
    And then they sank it.
    City Manager Jim Pinkerton brought the topic before the city council in July as part of potential changes to the dress and appearance part of Kingston’s personnel manual.

  • THP to conduct license check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Sept. 3 on Pine Ridge Road in Roane County.
    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.
    THP officials said they have found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • Bottle bubbles at Rockwood meth lab site

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities learned about a fully operational methamphetamine lab in a rented home near the Rockwood Community Center.
    David Lynn Trentham, 34, son of the person renting the home at 308 Davis St., was taken into custody at the scene.
    “We got information for the last couple weeks of a strong smell coming from the residence,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • House may be white no more

    Roane County’s white house could have a new look under Ron Woody’s administration.
    “I would love for somebody to donate us another color paint, so we can at least try to match the brick on the jail,” he said.
    Woody takes over as Roane County executive on Sept. 1. He defeated incumbent Mike Farmer in the August election.
    The white house serves as an office for codes enforcement and zoning. It is adjacent to the new jail on Third Street in Kingston.

  • Harriman police opens anonymous tip line

    The Harriman Police Department now has a number for callers that want to share a tip anonymously.
    The anonymous tip hotline is 590-9010. To make sure your number isn’t given, callers can also dial Star-67 before calling the tip line.
    “Sometimes people don’t want to give information if there name is going to be listed. This is a way they can give information anonymously. We won’t even have the number to call  back,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Forrester aims to bring more youthful ideas to commission

    Ask Nick Forrester why he decided to run for Roane County commissioner and he doesn’t hesitate to answer.
    “To try to make Roane County a better place to live,” he said.
    Forrester is not sure why more people his age aren’t seeking office to try and do the same thing.
    “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said.
    At 25, Forrester will be the youngest member of the county commission. He was also the youngest person to even seek a commission seat in the August election.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next month.
    The schedule is:
    • Kingston Community Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.
    • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 15.
    • Harriman Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16.
    • Rockwood National Guard Armory, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17.
    Commodity food recipients should be certified before Aug. 31.

  • Volunteer Energy helps service groups
  • THE GARDEN GATE: Bright, broad sunflowers symbolize summer

    By Ellen Probert Williamson, For Roane Newspapers

  • Roane reclaims place at No. 4

    Roane County has become one of Tennessee’s powerhouses when it comes to low unemployment rates.
    Though it slipped a bit in the past few months, the county has consistently had one of the state’s lowest jobless rate. But a drop of 0.5 percent in July led Roane County to reclaim its No. 4 position in the hierarchy.
    Statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development revealed Roane County’s unemployment rate at 7.8 percent, right behind Lincoln, Williamson and Knox counties.