Today's News

  • Frozen Head to help mark state parks’ 75th anniversary

    The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County will have a special community event from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10.

    “This is a great opportunity to thank the park’s many patrons and the entire local community for their support throughout the years and invite community members to see what the park has to offer,” said Park Manager David Engebretson.

  • Grand gift for old courthouse

    Roane County Heritage Commission President Charlotte Branson, right, accepts a $1,000 donation on the organization’s behalf from state Rep. Julia Hurley for the restoration of the old Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven original court houses still standing in the state.

    The commission receives grants and personal donations from private citizens and businesses, and the annual Gala is one of the major fundraising events. A museum is being set up.

  • Honor Guard in need of a few good men

    The Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard does its best to honor the lives of veterans, but dwindling numbers and an older set is making it harder.
    “We need some young guys,” said Glenn Collins, a member of the group. “To us, anyone under 70 is a young guy.”
    Collins and his fellow guard members serve beautifully, donning their dress uniforms for funeral services, which the organization does for no charge for families of honorably discharged veterans.

  • $100,000 in pot plants ripped up

    From staff reports
    A two-day marijuana eradication operation in Roane County netted more than 100 plants last week, the District Attorney General’s Office reported.
    The plants had a street value of over $100,000 and were taken from several locations around the county. 

  • Health issue claims driver

    From staff reports
    Kingston police said a South of the River man died from a heart attack while he was driving in the city last Thursday. He was identified as John Davenport, 47, of Rose Circle.
    Police said Davenport was headed south on Kentucky Street in a Pontiac Firebird when he had the heart attack and wrecked.
    Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said passersby pulled Davenport out of the car and attempted to revive him.


    David Morgan’s mood started to perk up as soon as absentee and early voting totals were released at the Roane County Courthouse Thursday night.

    He had a lead on Teresa Kirkham and would go on to defeat the longtime incumbent in the race for property assessor.

  • Close vote puts Chris Ahler in Harriman post

    Interim Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler holds onto his partial-term seat by a small margin, narrowly beating out second-place finisher Wayne Best by only eight votes.

    Ahler was appointed by Mayor Chris Mason to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Chase Tedder, who left to take a park ranger position with the National Park Service.

  • Incumbents on school board, Wright back in

    District 2 will have a new representative on the Roane County Board of Education after this month.

    Danny Wright finished ahead of incumbent Frank Mee in last week’s election to take one of the district’s two seats.

    “I’m just honored that the people would give me the opportunity to serve on the school board,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with the other members and the County Commission to enhance education of the youth in Roane County.”

    Wright finished with 1,017 votes compared to 969 for Mee.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Hot dog! Servings all good at Jacque’s Café

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure began when my wife, Carol, and I began to make plans to attend the musical production of “Ragtime” at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus.

    We first invited our longtime friends, Jerry and Micky Pease, to join us. Jerry is part of the family that operates Pease Furniture in South Knoxville. They have been included in some of my previous articles.

  • August 2012 election