Today's News

  • Dyllis Baptist marking 128 years
  • 'Good ol' Rocky Top': Kingston students go orange and white

    Kingston Elementary School music teacher Linda Lloyd doesn’t know what she’s going to teach her students next.
    Leading up to Sept. 3, everyone was focused on singing “Rocky Top.”
    A bunch of students, most wearing orange and white, gathered in the school gym and sang the University of Tennessee anthem.
    “This is the first year we’ve done it,” Principal Shelia Sitzlar said. “The first of many, hopefully.”

  • Sevier Drive celebrating homecoming

    Bro. Jeremy J. Flowers of Memphis will deliver the message for Sevier Drive Church of Christ’s 53rd annual homecoming celebration on Sept. 12.
    Flowers is ministering evangelist at Easthaven Church of Christ. He will be the guest speaker for the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. services in the church at 1014 Sevier Drive, Harriman.
    The homecoming theme is “Have you robbed yourself of the Truth?”, based on 1 Timothy 6:3-7.
    A brunch and lunch will be served. After the evening service, an all-you-can-eat buffet will be available, compliments of the church.

  • ‘It’ll open with bells and close with sirens’

    Rockwood residents are joining the rest of the country Saturday in paying tribute to those whose lives were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
    A handful of community activists are planning a breakfast and second annual commemorative program at Homecoming Park on the ninth anniversary of the attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania.
    “We want to honor the service people we’ve got here in town,” said John Evans, one of the event organizers.

  • Roane teams struggle in youth action

    It was doubleheader Saturday at Oak Ridge in week two of the Tennessee Valley League. Both Kingston and Rockwood visited Oak Ridge's two teams and each came away with one win each.

  • Kingston wipes out Rockwood

    Despite losing 9-1 to the Kingston Lady Jackets, the Rockwood Lady Tigers broke a long scoreless drought when Shelby Brackett kicked in a goal on a penalty kick for the Lady Tigers. 

  • Jackets, Tigers clash highlights week 3 action

    Week three of the regular season is here and there are some intriguing match-ups in store for Roane County’s five football teams this week.

    The marquee game in the county this week features a good old-fashioned county rivalry game as Kingston hosts Rockwood.

  • Public's right to assembly basic to our freedoms

    First Amendment Center
    Americans sure have been assembling a lot lately — using a basic right that’s often overshadowed by its better-known First Amendment kin, particularly freedom of speech.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Have an idea for our website? Please share

    We’ve been kicking the tires on our new Internet platform over the past couple of weeks.

    And thanks to loyal readers like you, we’re already finding ways to improve it.

    If you haven’t had a chance to knock around the site, go to www.roanecounty.com at your earliest convenience.

    We believe you will like what you see.

    Previously we loaded only select news and sports stories along with our obituaries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    We would occasionally also scoop our print edition with breaking news and photos.

  • Progress finally in Rose Circle cleanup

    A South of the River  eyesore that has irked some residents for years is close to being cleaned up.

    In February, a judge gave property owners James and Patricia Woods and Dean and Nola Howard 90 days to clean up a junkyard at 123 Rose Circle.

    The property was littered with junked cars, tires, lawnmower parts, bike parts and countless other pieces of debris.

    So little had been done to clean up the property when the 90-day deadline expired, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland filed a motion in Chancery Court to hold the owners in contempt.