Today's News

  • Henry Center fun fit for a king — or a queen

    Preschoolers at The Henry Center recently celebrated a Royal Gala in honor of the tiny princes and princesses the center serves.

    The gala was a kickoff to what is hoped to be an exciting year of adventures for the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.

    The day began with a royal parade, followed by songs, dance, fun, games and special “palace portions” of  juice, fruit and treats.

  • 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.


    Gary L. Nance Jr., theft up to $500. Guilty.

    Dexter Alan Birmley, theft up to $500. Guilty. Theft up to $500, dismissed.

    Bobby L. Martin, evading arrest. Dismissed. Theft of merchandise shoplifting, resist stop, arrest, search involving weapon and possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities. Guilty.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Sept. 8 — Elizabeth Marie Walker, 32, 166 Manly Drive, Kingston: violation of probation and failure to appear. No bond; court date Oct. 31.

    • Charles Daniel Webb, 46, 186 Evans Heights, Rockwood: $890 purge. No bond or court date listed.

    • Steven Ameen Womack, 26, 312 Furnace Ave., Rockwood: Failure to appear Aug. 22, 2011 for assault. No bond; court date Oct. 31.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 29:

    From Darlene T. Chamlee Executor, Evan L. Turnbill Executor, Juanita V. Williams Estate, Dollie Juanita V. Williams Estate, Dollie Juanita Williams Estate, Dollie Juanita Voiles Turnbill Williams, Darlene T. Chamlee and Evan L. Turnbill to Darlene T. Chamlee and Evan L. Turnbill by deed, Dist. 1, 3.64 acres, Poland Hollow Road, $0.

    From Whitney Collette Julian Murrell to Homer Julian by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Squairs Addition, Lot 5, $0.

  • Rider-Matheson

    Kathy L. Rider and Clifton David Matheson announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Matheson home. A reception will follow.

    Invitations will be sent to individuals to join the couple on their special day.

    The bride elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rider of Fruithurst, Ala.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 21

    25 Years Ago
    Center’s Ferry in Kingston was put out of commission indefinitely. Wear and tear caused the engine to blow up. The decision to ground the ferry weighed on several factors, including a bridge under construction, the high cost of engine repair and the length of time needed for repairs.

    10 Years Ago

  • Child Find ends today

    Roane County Schools’ Child Find 2011 ends today, Wednesday, at Midway Elementary School.

    Developmental screenings, including speech, language, vision, hearing and motor skills, are available for ages 3-5.

    Call 717-5461 or 717-5462 to schedule an appointment.

  • TVA lawsuit puts residents between rock, hard place

    Many of us are watching with interest as the first of lawsuits over TVA’s 2008 ash spill makes its way through federal court.

    The lawsuits, which kicked off last week in Knoxville, are important and many millions of dollars are at stake.

    It’s difficult for Roane Countians to take a side in these cases.

    One the one hand, many Roane Countians have suffered as the result of what TVA’s own inspector general has deemed carelessness.

  • Nuts & Bolts: It’s going to get a whole lot hotter in here

    After a lot of talk and visits by a multitude of contractors, our newspaper is taking another step forward.
    We are investing in technology that will allow us to eliminate one of the steps in getting the newspaper to you.
    For many years, we have been designing the newspaper on computers, then sending those “pages” to a machine that sets them on news-page-sized film.
    Then the film is used to make a thin, news-page-sized plate that attaches to the press and imprints the text and images that you see every week.

  • Ambulance service finances better, but ...

    Roane County officials think changes at the ambulance service have turned the rocky operation around, but the entity isn’t out of the woods yet.

    Consultant Jack Jinks, who has worked for Roane County Executive Ron Woody first at Emergency Management Agency and now with interim director Howie Rose at the ambulance service, made a presentation Tuesday about how operational changes and conditions at the Roane County Ambulance Service have changed over the last few months.