Today's News


    In last Friday’s issue of the Roane County News, the address where Amanda Lynn Curry Grant was arrested on four counts of statutory rape against a 13-year-old boy was incorrectly stated. Grant was arrested at 170 Evans Heights.
    A caption in the Monday, March 12, issue of the Roane County News incorrectly listed Jimbo Duncan as owner of Memory Lane Antiques. The business is owned by Ronnie Gilmore.

  • Lawsuit against Houstons moved

    Roane County will not be the site for the civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars has decided to move it to another county, according to Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk Marcia Borys.

    Pat Brown is suing the Houstons over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.

    Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Golden arches to locate in Rockwood

    McDonalds has plans to build in Rockwood in the area near the Walmart shopping center.

    Fred Cox, construction manager for the project, recently went to the Rockwood Regional Planning Commission to discuss site plans and submit building plans to the building inspector.

    He said the restaurant could be open as early as autumn if construction starts as planned.

    “We plan to do it in the summer, hopefully in June,” Cox said.

    “It usually takes us about four months to build it,” he added.

  • TVA holding ash spill workshops

    Beginning this week, TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The one-hour workshops will cover topics ranging from wildlife impacts and studies, to cleanup costs, to the impact of ash that remains in the river system.

    Much of the 5 million cubic yards of ash that flowed from the site ended up in the Emory River.

  • ‘Frog and Toad’ presented at Roane State

    Roane State Community College Playmakers will perform “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a musical based on Arnold Lobel’s classic children’s books, beginning March 22.

    Show times are March 22-24 at 7 p.m., March 25 at 2 p.m., March 29-31 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m.

    Performances will be held in the theater on the main campus.

    General admission is $10, and student admission and admission for seniors is $7.

    Tickets are available at the door.

  • Search community for schools director, audience requests

    Turnout at the public hearing for the director of Roane County Schools search was a small group, but one sentiment stood out.

    That was to interview all those from Roane County who applied.

    “I was a little disappointed when I read in the newspaper that we took a vote and decided that we weren’t going to  interview all the people in Roane County that are teachers or principals or whatever they are that wanted to interview for this job,” said Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier.

  • Kingston travel team opens season
  • Lady Devils open season with big win

    The Harriman Lady Blue Devils opened the 2012 softball season with a big victory on Monday as Travis Langley's squad downed visiting Oliver Springs at Flour Mill Flats, 4-3.

  • Lady Jackets pound Sequoyah in opener, 16-0

    The Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets came within one game of making the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament last season, and if Monday is any indication, Ronnie Ladd’s squad will be making a run at Murfreesboro again this season as Kingston crushed Sequoyah in the season opener for both teams, 16-0.

  • Kingston land taxes may go up for city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members believe they may have their building — and their bargain — for a new city hall.

    If they elect to push forward now, the next step may be considering whether to raise taxes to pay for it all.

    Council moved on March 6 to place a motion on its March 13 agenda to purchase the Kingston Medical Plaza as the site of its new city hall.