Today's News

  • Jail gets thumbs up after inspection

    The Roane County Jail was given a clean bill of health during a May 5 inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

    “The jail is being well maintained and the lieutenant and her staff should be commended for a job well done,” jail inspector Barry G. Suttles wrote in his report.

    “We’ve worked really hard,” jail Lt. Maretta McNichol said. “It takes everybody.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 172 inmates. The population the day of the inspection was 155.

  • Industry of Year is Oldcastle Adams

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board named Oldcastle Adams Building Products Industry of the Year during its annual industry appreciation breakfast Thursday.
    Oldcastle Adams provides masonry and ornamental concrete building products.
    Its parent company is the largest building products manufacturer in the country — ranked 129 in the Fortune 500.
    The Roane County facility supplies all the Lowe’s stores in Tennessee and Kentucky with outdoor lawn and garden stone and block.

  • Graduation at church means more conflict

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    Like thousands of other public school students across the country, seniors in Irving, Texas, will graduate from high school next month — although in Irving they’ll go to church to get their diplomas.
    The venue is the Potter House, a megachurch led by Bishop T.D. Jakes, site of Irving commencements since 2004.
    But this year’s ceremony will be the last mixing of secular and sacred during graduation in the Dallas-area school district.

  • Stabbing, headlock and hiding in the attic

    Attics are commonly used for storing seasonal decorations and unwanted personal things. Christopher Yarnell used it as a hiding place to avoid arrest, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    Officers went to 1342 Mountain View Road on May 16 to arrest Yarnell on outstanding warrants.
    The report said Harley Sedman told officers that Yarnell was not at the residence.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why would anyone risk jail for a newspaper?

    Sometimes one comes upon the most profound, or apt, descriptions of things in the most unexpected places.
    So it was the other day as we were reading one of the Maggody series of mysteries featuring Chief of Police Arly (short for Ariel) Hanks of the tiny Arkansas town of Maggody, population 755, written by Joan Hess who resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • Four schools represented in second annual Fun Run

    Students from four of eight Roane County elementary schools participated in the recent second annual Roane County Coordinated School Health Fun Run at Fort Southwest Point.

    Purpose of the event, in its second year, was to get children excited about being outdoors, having fun while being involved in physical activity and providing a fun family event.

    Bowers, Kingston, Midway and Midtown elementary schools were represented. Each will receive a minimum of $100 worth of equipment for their physical education programs.

  • Grasham recipient of ’11 Bernard-Greif scholarship

    Recent Rockwood High School graduate Bethany Rachel Grasham is the recipient of the 2011 Bernard-Greif Scholarship Award.

    The scholarship’s two-year total is $2,000.

    Grasham accepted the award on May 17 at Rockwood High School’s awards night.

    She wants to continue her education to pursue a career in nursing.

    She ranked seventh in the 2011 Rockwood High School senior class.

    She will attend Roane State Community College in the fall.

  • Five chosen for Tennessee Scholars awards at RSCC

    Five students from Roane County will begin their freshman years at Roane State Community College with $500 Tennessee Scholars scholarships.

    Students apply for the scholarship awards, and winners are selected through a drawing.

    The winners from Roane County schools are Autumn Adkisson of Harriman High School, Shelby Miller of Oliver Springs High School, Sarah Reid of Rockwood High School, Taylor Narramore of Midway High School and Corey Reed of Roane County High School.

  • Bible prophecy series starts May 25

    In recent years, stories about Bible prophecies and ancient predictions have become headline news.
    Some say the world will end on May 21. Others claim the Earth will meet its end in
    With all of this confusion, many people are wondering: Can we know the future? Is it possible to decode the vivid prophecies in the Bible?
    From May 25-28, Pastor John Bradshaw of “It Is Written Television” will use the Bible to explore these mysterious prophecies.

  • Kellytown plans Friends, Family Day

    Kellytown Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have its annual Friends and Family Day on May 22.
    This event is a time for gathering friends and family and meeting for a time of joy and gladness in the celebration of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
    Special music will be provided by The Miller Family of Oliver Springs.
    The Millers were all born
    and raised in the area and have been singing together for several years.