Today's News

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints from 9 to 10 p.m. Jan. 1 on U.S. Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these sobriety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • State on the grow: More than 6.3 million calling Tennessee home

    Tennessee has experienced an 11.5-percent surge in population over the past 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

    That number is part of the findings of the bureau’s most recent federally mandated head count. The population count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution every decade and helps apportion the number of representatives in U.S. Congress.

  • Schatzer snags $2,500 scholarship with video

    Roane State Community College sophomore Alli Schatzer of Kingston was one of the weekly winners in Dr Pepper’s Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway contest.

    Schatzer received a $2,500 scholarship for her video explaining why she deserved to win money for tuition.

    Dr Pepper solicited submissions from students across the country.

    In Schatzer’s creative video, she gives Dr Pepper reasons to pick her through messages written on her hands.

  • 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.

    Barbara G. Baker, financial responsibility Jan. 28. Guilty as charged April 9, convicted.

    Brittany Ann Mendoza, financial responsibility Jan. 28. Traffic ticket paid April 5.

    Tammy D. Sherrill, violation of driver license Jan. 28. Dismissed April 9, cost to state.

    Tammy D. Sherrill, seat belt law Jan. 28. Guilty as charged April 9, convicted.

  • Text-happy county employees run up hefty bill

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has instituted new cell phone policies for employees under his supervision.

    One  policy will require employees to provide their boss with the time and date of each call, business purpose of each call and an explanation of the business relationship with all participating parties of each call.

    The employee will also have to reimburse the county for personal calls, text messages and data usage.

  • Haslam taps Jim Henry for new state post

    Governor-elect Bill Haslam has appointed Kingston resident Jim Henry the first commissioner of the newly formed Tennessee Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

    The agency was formerly a division of the Department of Finance and Administration before the Tennessee General Assembly made it a state department, and it will become official Jan. 5.

  • GET PACKING: Shipping still busy after Dec. 25

    You name it, chances are The UPS Store in Pinnacle Pointe has shipped it this holiday season.  

    “Clothing, electronics, toys, candy, cookies, a little bit of everything,” owner Claudette Coulombe said. “Anything you would expect to get for Christmas, we’re shipping it. Lots of toys.”

    The store has been swamped leading up to Christmas. Coulombe said Monday was so busy they could hardly find time to take a break.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Blue Christmas ... or Bluegrass Christmas

    The heartwrenching songs of Christmas used to really tug at my heart.

    You know — the ones with lyrics like, “I’ll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams” or “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

    That’s because I lived those songs for many years. I’ve lost count of the number of Christmases I could not get “home” to my relatives because of my work situation and my distance away from the rest of my family.

  • Coast Guard urges safety

    As wintertime ushers in freezing temperatures and icy waters, it also introduces an increased risk of boating fatalities in the event of an accident, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Although many of these fatalities cannot be attributed to one specific cause of death, cold water conditions, such as hypothermia and cold water immersion, do set the stage for many dangers not as present in the warmer months. 

  • Harriman sweeps Midway

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Lady Devils closed out the pre Christmas portion of their schedule Monday evening with a pair of big wins over visiting Midway.

    The Lady Devils took the floor first and used a big second half to pick up a 54-37 victory over the Lady Waves.