Today's News

  • Music club kicks off 102nd season

    Harriman Music Club will begin its 102nd season on Sept. 8 with a covered-dish picnic at 6 p.m. at the home of George and Margie Wadlington.

    A Roane County High School instrumental ensemble, under the direction of Zack Williamson, will provide special entertainment.

    In case of rain, the event will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Midtown.

    Call 376-1954 or 354-9561 for more information.

  • Up in the air

    Justin Dupass playfully tosses his 18-month-old daughter Isabella Rossi-Dupass up into the air during Kingston’s youth football practice recently at Gertrude Porter Park.

  • RMS rushes past Wartburg, 46-22

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers used 327 rushing yards to defeat the Wartburg Central Bulldogs Thursday night, 46-22.

  • OSMS rolls past Oakdale for first win, 54-24

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats had their offense clicking on all cylinders Thursday night and the result was a 54-24 victory at Oakdale.

  • Late fees have city official seeing red

    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has publicly called for the termination of a pair of employees in city administration due to financial mistakes she has deemed inexcusable.

    Rockwood City Administrator Jim Hines and financial officer Joby Winter Lancaster were named specifically by Evans. The vice mayor said they and anyone else who was responsible for a list of late penalties and an unsigned $20,500 check should either resign, be terminated or come up with some other resolution acceptable to all parties.

  • Roane priming to boost business

    A helping hand for local businesses in their early beginnings may be in the near future in Roane County.

    The county is exploring having a business accelerator, a program designed to help the success of new businesses with resources.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said such a program, often called a small business incubator, would be a way to help small businesses which often miss out on tax abatements and other things given to bigger industries.

    “Most of your business is small business,” Woody said.

  • Burglars targeting OS area

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the Oliver Springs area has been a hot spot for burglaries this summer.  

    “They’ve been targeting that area because it’s so easy to get back into Anderson County and out of our jurisdiction,” the sheriff said. “That area is very rural, and there’s so many routes in and out.”

    Stockton said the sheriff’s office has taken steps to try to stop the rash of break-ins by increasing patrols in the area.

  • There’s been a lot of uniforms in Kingston officer’s life, career

    By Mike Gibson
    Lawrence Russell doesn’t fit the mold of a fellow who’s made a career out of three branches of the armed forces, followed by a more permanent stint in local law enforcement.

    The 43-year-old Kingston officer has the look, sure enough — a shaved pate and orderly mustache complementing the upright carriage of his stocky physique.

    But Russell is no humorless stiff; no diehard lifer with a drill sergeant-demeanor and a painted-on high-and-tight.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.


    Kerry D. Langley, assault bodily injury and disorderly conduct. Guilty.

    James H. Moore, criminal impersonation of law enforcement. Dismissed.

    James C. Treadway, public intoxication and criminal trespass. Dismissed. Inhale, possess intoxicants for unlawful purposes and theft up to $500. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 21-25:

    From Tennessee Land and Lakes LLC to James S. Curtis and Janis L. Curtis by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay West, Lot 668 and 669, $169,900.

    From Steve A. Freels and Kim A. Freels to Chris Haynes by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Kingston Avenue, $10,000.

    From George W. Bacon Jr. and Maxine Bacon to Melodie Miller and Beverly Massaro by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, 6.78 acres, US Hwy.  27, $0.