Today's News

  • HORSE for a HERO?

    A local ranch hopes to honor a deserving veteran the best way it knows how: by awarding one of its unusual horses to him or her.
    The owners of Lexlin Gypsy Ranch want to give back in a big way this Independence Day by having a sweepstakes for one of their gypsy vanner horses.
    Eric Barton and his wife, Mechelle, have decided to have a sweepstakes for a worthy veteran to win one of their horses from Lexlin Gypsy Ranch on New Hope Road near Rockwood.
    That horse is the aptly named Braveheart, a 1-year-old gelding with a beautiful gray coloring.

  • Impressions: You CAN stay cooler in this heat and humidity

    Things started heating up in our corner of the world last week.
    I don’t think it had anything to do with Memorial Day and its unofficial heralding in of summer.
    But I must admit, the constant humming of our chillers at the office last Monday reminded me that spring will soon be behind us.
    I pretty much had the place to myself as I worked through some interviews, project deadlines and telephone calls on the holiday.
    Our air-conditioning units were my only company when the sun really started bearing down.

  • 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.