Today's News

  • Goodwill to take over Seton thrift

    After three decades, Seton Thrift Store in Harriman will close its store on Jan. 28 and hand over the keys to Goodwill Industries.

    Since 1980, frugal-minded folks in Harriman — and all of Roane County — have frequented the store, which sells pre-owned clothing, furniture, toys and other items.

    The staff of six at Seton’s was made aware of the change on Monday.

    “I’m heartbroken,” store manager Renee O’Toole said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words.”

  • No wrong found in restrained man’s death

    An investigation by the District Attorney General’s Office found no wrongdoing in the case of a 26-year-old man who died while in the custody of Roane County Sheriff’s deputies and EMS workers.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson informed Sheriff Jack Stockton of the findings in a recent letter.
    “There does not appear to be any wrongdoing or reason for criminal charges,” Johnson said. “This concludes our involvement with this matter.”

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Cranes worthy of appreciative audience

    The first time I heard the croaking overhead was near the lake in Kingston.
    I could see a string of large, long-necked migrating birds, but these clearly weren’t the Canada geese common in the area. Then a light bulb went off, and I knew just what I was seeing: sandhill cranes.
    Since then, I have been fascinated with these big lovelies.
    A few days ago, I traveled down to the Hiwassee near Dayton where hundreds of these birds congregate this time of year to feed and rest.

  • Beech Park marking pastor anniversary

    Beech Park Baptist Church in Oliver Springs will honor its pastor and his family at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

    The Rev. Robbie Leach has served as senior pastor for the last 10 years.

    The celebration is open to church members, friends and the community.

    A reception will follow after a time of acknowledgment and appreciation in the sanctuary.

  • Cooper to conduct winter revival at Oliver Springs B&B

    A four-day winter revival will be Jan. 15-18 in the Windmill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Oliver Springs.

    Russ Cooper of Vonore will be guest speaker for the services, which begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

    There will be special music each night, including Julia Smith, Sonya Craze and Tiffany Martin.

    Casual attire is appropriate.

    The Windmill B&B is at 606 Butler Miller Mill Road, just west of the Dollar General Store in Oliver Springs.  

  • New pastor in Midtown

    Midtown Church of God has named Jesse H. Youngblood as its new pastor.

    Youngblood said he and his wife, Melissa, “are committed to growing a fellowship of believers to become spiritually balanced in the Word, Worship and the Holy Spirit's power for living everyday lives.”

    Services begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday, and Younblood said plans are to begin Sunday night services in the near future.

    The church is at 565 Keylon Drive.

  • OUR OPINION: Redistricters can expect to feel voters’ ire

    Who can blame Roane Countians for feeling a bit sold down the river in the latest redistricting effort?

    Not only does the plan carved out by the Republican majority split the poor residents of the city of Rockwood into two separate legislative districts, but it also leaves Roane County with two state representatives — neither of whom live in the county.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley of Lenoir City, whose 32nd District gained more of Loudon County in the redistricting, has shrugged off any part in the change.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Republican legislators don’t care what we want

    Gentle reader, despite much of the news docket being concerned with the national election scene revolving around the the Republican contest for a presidential nominee, shall we start out with the local political scene?

    The first item of interest is the announcement of Democratic Party Chairman, Bob Cowan, that there will be a grand opening for the Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters in the Parker Building on Court Street in Kingston, on Saturday, tomorrow, the 14th.

  • Education, immigration on legislators’ radars

    Before the Tennessee General Assembly went back into session this week, Roane County’s delegation shared its plans and thoughts about the upcoming session during the annual Legislative Breakfast at The Roane Alliance on Monday.

    Education, economic development, tourism, transportation and infrastructure are issues the Chamber of Commerce would like state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley to focus on.

  • Firefighter critical after hitting horse

    Caleb Wilson, a Roane County High School senior, was injured on Tuesday after his car collided with an animal. He had to be flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said one of his officers, Jamie Melton, was traveling on Gallaher Road and witnessed the accident.

    “He was right there at it when the horse ran in front of the kid,” Washam said.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Washam said the horse belonged to someone on Little Johnson Valley Road.