Today's News

  • Change in libel law increased press freedom

    First Amendment Center
    Forty-seven years ago, the free press became much more free.

    In New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that journalists may not be sued successfully by public officials for libel unless their news coverage was false, damaged a reputation and was published with “actual malice.”

    That meant establishing that the defamation was published “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.”

  • Christian youth rallies expand

    Roane County youth groups from different church denominations have been rallying together, uniting in their shared love and worship of God.

    The rallies, “One Body Worshiping One God,” have been going on since June and contunue to expand.They take place on Potter’s House property on Four Mile Drive in Kingston.

    Youth aged 11-20 meet to play icebreaker-type games, participate in relay races, eat, socialize and worship at the lakeside Sunday evenings from 4 until 8.

  • Wild ride in stolen truck ends in arrest for four young men

    If it was a party, it was an expensive and dangerous one.

    Four young men in a stolen pickup truck crashed head-on with a car in Oliver Springs, raced away and led police on a high-speed chase while driving through business parking lots and private yards before wrecking the truck on a utility pole guy line.

    They weren’t done, yet.

    The occupants jumped from the truck and ran, chased by Oliver Springs officer Ricky Hamby and Capt. Brad Aytes, police reports said. They ran from Midway Drive through a residential area until they got to Ray Drive.

  • Roane teams looking for Friday night success

    With only three weeks left in the regular season, Roane County's five high school football teams all enter Friday night needing victories to stay alive or solidify their place in the postseason.

  • Kingston gearing up girls-only league

    Changes are coming for girls in Kingston wanting to play basketball.

  • Divorces: April 6-June 30

    Divorces granted April 6-June 30 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    Zachary Gronda vs. Crystal Gronda (Rowan)

    Tyler Matthew Barnes vs. Andrea Lynn (Aimar) Barnes

    Evelyn S. Dowlen vs. James D. Dowlen

    Kimberly Ann Costello Litton vs. Brent Issaic Litton

    Rheanne Donielle Grizzard vs. Michael Brett Grizzard

    Deborah Kay Byrge vs. Ernest Byrge

    Candice Renee Thompson vs. Larry Allan Thompson

    Brenda Sue White vs. Thomas R. White

  • Marriage licenses: September 2011

    Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse in September:

    Joseph Matthew Humphreys to Rebekah Ann Johnson

    Thomas Jamess Ramsay to Deana Marie Gentry Hayes

    John David Payne to Teri Lynn Hill

    William Chadwick Bartlett to Candice Nicole Hutchinson

    Joseph Avery Medzie to Jessica Joy Hartfil Lavey

    Ricky Eugene Wallace to Virginia Angelina Vanoven Smith

    Rex Alan Ruppe to Ciara Michelle Grissom

  • 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.


    Michael J. Barnes, financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

    Molly M. Otoole, financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

    Maurice M. Wright, probation violation. Guilty.

    Justin Levesque, driving while license revoked. Guilty.

    Viola Green, assault physical contact. Dismissed.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Sept. 1-9:

    From Tennessee Land and Lakes LLC to Dwain W. Alexander and Sandra L. Alexander by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay West, Lot 590, $158,400.

    From Tennessee Land and Lakes LLC to James William Marsh and Deborah Smith Marsh by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay West, Lot 656, $118,900.

    From Joshua K. Clark to Grada Clark by warranty deed, Dist. 1, 4.7 acres, adjacent Geasland/Brock, $10,000.

  • Roane County E-911 September dispatches