Today's News

  • County takes wildlife agency to court on closed-road issue

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment against the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Roane County Chancery Court.
    A declaratory judgment is a judgment of a court which determines the rights of parties without ordering anything be done or awarding damages
    The county commission authorized him to do so by unanimous vote on July 9.
    At issue is what’s described in the complaint as “the Old Mountain Road,” which is located in the western part of the county. 

  • Kingston looks to double participation in triathlon

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross is hoping to double participation for the second annual Storm the Fort Olympic-distance triathlon scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25.
    Last year’s inaugural event drew 132 athletes from as far away as Texas.
    “Last year’s triathlon went really well,” Ross said. “Everyone loved the swim, loved the race and loved the run. It’s a fun event and brought a lot of attention to Kingston.”

  • 1st Amendment violation not needed for justice

    First Amendment Center
    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Alvarez come two news items that remind us that lies about military service are best addressed with existing laws and information, not new and overbroad legislation.
    Last month, the Supreme Court in a 6-to-3 vote struck down the Stolen Valor Act, which had made it a crime to falsely claim military honors. The Court found that the act violated the First Amendment, criminalizing deceitful speech without a showing of fraud or other criminal activity.

  • Gala for writing scholarship a huge success

    The Roane Writers Group held a fundraising Gala on July 21 on Watts Bar Lake at the beautiful home of our hostess Margaret Brogdon of Rockwood.
    All donations and proceeds will be used to fund the Roane County Student Writing Contest Awards and Scholarship Program sponsored by the Kingston Public Library Foundation and The Roane writers Group.

  • Let’s get good restaurant near new hospital

    I was a school teacher in the Atlanta area for 38 years. I retired in 2008 and moved back to Tennessee to be close to my family.  I love the scenic mountains and lakes that surround us.
    Being from Atlanta, I was used to nice restaurants and retailers. The new Roane Medical Center on Hwy. 70 will be opening in 2013.
    This is an excellent opportunity for new businesses to locate in Roane County, but it seems new business growth is stymied in this county.
    I have heard from many sources as to the reasons for this lack of progress. This makes me very sad.

  • Generosity for Shriners’ effort to be commended

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals  across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The cost to operate these 22 hospitals is $1.7 million per day.

  • Help us shine spotlight on the best teachers

    Teachers have taken a lot of hits over the past year.
    We think it is time to get back to giving the best of them the credit they deserve.
    Starting in August, the Roane County News, in partnership with Jerry Duncan Ford, is starting a new educator of the month feature.
    We need your help, though.
    We are looking for people to tell us — in 150 words or less — why a particular Roane County teacher stands out among their peers.
    Include the teacher’s name, educational institution and, if you have it, contact information.

  • Driving course cheaper for area school personnel

    AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

    In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

    It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

    As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

  • Fishing Rodeo this weekend

    Lots of prizes and family fun are on tap for the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo this weekend.

    Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Roane County Park, with fishing to begin at 9. All bait will be furnished.

    This year’s grand prize is a 14-foot boat and troll motor, courtesy of Bunch Marine of Midtown. Another $3,000 in gift cards will be awarded, including four top prizes of gift cards worth $250 each.

  • Tribute to Elvis planned at the Princess

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will present “Elvis at the Princess!,” a tribute to Elvis Presley, at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in Harriman’s downtown Princess Theatre.

    The tribute, featuring Oliver Springs native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Greg Johnson, falls two days after the 35th anniversary of the death of Presley, a Memphis artist known worldwide as the King of Rock’n’Roll.

    Johnson is a regular performer at the Oldies Dinner Showplace in Pigeon Forge.