Today's News

  • Woman dead, residents are devastated

    From Staff reports

    A Harriman woman is dead and nine residents are displaced following a devastating early morning apartment fire Sunday.

    Officials identified the victim as Sandra Mills. Unconfirmed reports indicate the fire may have begun in her apartment, but no cause had been determined as of Monday afternoon.

  • Roane doctor is arrested for DUI

    Dr. Clary Foote was arrested on Sunday for driving under the influence.

    According to the warrant, he was driving a 1988 Chevy the wrong way on the 355 West on-ramp to Interstate 40.

    “The suspect smelled of alcoholic beverage and had bloodshot eyes,” Trooper Robert Woody said in the arrest warrant. “He could not say his alphabet from G to W.”

    Foote wouldn’t do the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, and performed badly on others that he did do, according to the warrant.

  • Former fire captain pleads guilty

    A former fire captain who was charged with stealing county property could have his record wiped clean if he stays out of trouble.

    John “Shorty” Rayburn pleaded guilty on Friday in Roane County Criminal Court to theft of property from $10,000-$60,000. He received no prison time and was placed on judicial diversion for three years. Successful completion of judicial diversion would allow the felony to be removed from his record.

  • Stockton addresses child abuse at pinwheel service

    The pinwheels planted for National Child Abuse Prevention Month continue to paint a grim picture in the Ninth Judicial District.

    “This past year we served 339 children,” said Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District.

    The district is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Feds hold hearing on Kingston boat slip plans

    TVA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are holding a joint 30-day public notice period regarding the proposed 18-slip boat dock at the Highway 58 Landing.

    The notice became effective April 13, and will expire May 13, according to the public notice documentation.

    During this time frame, both the Army Corps of Engineers and TVA are soliciting comments from the public “in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity,” according to the notice.

  • Judges deny Rocky Houston new hearing in federal gun case

    Rocky Houston’s request for a new hearing before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was denied last week.

    In February, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld his federal firearms conviction.

    Houston’s attorney, Steven R. Jaeger of Erlanger, Ky., responded to that decision by requesting a hearing before all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

    The original panel reviewed the request and determined the issues raised had already been decided.

  • Community outpouring goes to help Kingston resident

    More than $1,000 was raised Sunday to benefit a Kingston man still recuperating from a March motorcycle wreck.

    Doug Oliver was seriously injured in the accident which occurred March 25 at the intersection of Highway 70 and Piney Ridge Road. A ruptured spleen and a broken collar bone were among his injuries, and he spent several days in ICU at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, said long-time friend Melissa Neklason, who headed up Sunday’s fund-raiser.

    “He’s at home now, but he’s got a ways to go,” she said.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Voter turnout shapes elections

    Across the nation and even in here in Roane County there seems to be much concern about the state of the election process. Just this week I heard from Roane County Tea Party members concerned about the election process and the Republican Party they have supported for many years.

    Tea Party members are concerned that Donald Trump, who is getting more votes than any other candidate for the Republican in the primary process, might not get the presidential nomination.

  • Physical therapy makes a difference with how Kincaid lives with Parkinson’s

    By Ashley Hankla

    For Roane Newspapers

    She smiles. She laughs. She walks energetically in the sunshine as she talks about her kids, her husband, her job, and her goals.

    Beth Kincaid, 56, looks and acts like a perfectly healthy person. And yet, she is the face of Parkinson’s disease.

    Kincaid has been successfully treated with therapy at Roane Medical Center’s Patricia Neal Outpatient Therapy Center.

  • VEC gives $2,750 in grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Groups receiving grants include Midway Soccer Club ($250), Roane County Lady Knights Lacrosse ($250), Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($250), Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club ($500), Midway Middle School Football Booster Club ($500), Midway Elementary STEM Club ($500), and the Midway Softball Club ($500).