Today's News

  • Tigers, Jackets gear up for gigantic battle

    Last week was a good week of football for Roane County fans as Kingston, Oliver Springs and Midway all picked up wins while Rockwood played very well in a 12-7 loss at the hands of Class 2A No. 1 ranked Grace Christian Academy.

  • Hooray for Cookes in Harriman

    After decades of performing, Jeanette Cooke still has an appreciation for a lively audience.  
    “I like to see the crowd all perked up,” she said. “It keeps you young.”
    That was the case on Monday for The Singing Cookes performance inside the Princess Theatre in Harriman.
    “The Cookes are friends of our family,” Hooray for Harriman director Randy Ellis said. “We’ve known them for a long time.”

  • Officer’s quitting may affect cases

    The resignation of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy could have an impact on other cases besides the one that involved Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell.
    Derek Kennedy arrested Mitchell for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest on Aug. 26. The District Attorney General’s Office decided to dismiss those charges after Kennedy resigned.
    “Because he resigned directly as a result of that one case and that incident, that’s why I went ahead and dismissed that case,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Buildings may be razed in cleanup

    Three buildings might be demolished as part of Harriman’s cleanup efforts this year.
    Harriman Building Inspector Maria Nelson announced to the Harriman City Council meeting recently that she has went out for bid on three unsafe and dilapidated properties.
    The homes are at 318 Byrd. St., 315 School St. and 113 Redwood Drive.
    Nelson said the bid deadline is Sept. 14 at the close of business for the day.
    “I don’t think anyone wants to wait,” Mason said.

  • Harriman appoints board members

    Harriman City Council approved a number of board and committee appointments recently.
    Councilmen Buddy Holley was appointed to the police board, Chris Ahler to the fire board and J.D. Sampson to the finance committee.
    Library board appointees were Mary Hickey, Sarah McCoin and Gina Griffis.

  • Hand quilters patch it together

    Quilting by hand has become a lost art in today’s technology-driven world.
    However, a group of seven Roane County women strives to keep the tradition alive by meeting twice a week at the Kingston Community Center for a quilt-crafting workshop.
    As a partnership between the Kingston Community Center and Mid-East Community Action Agency, the women meet each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon to create masterpieces.

  • Tax penalties still sought for former road chief candidate Mullins

    Former road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins could still be on the hook for the penalties and interest that has accrued on his unpaid Roane County taxes. 
    Mullins is suing the county, claiming he’s owed money for work he did during construction of the county jail.
    Even though his unpaid taxes pre-date that project, Mullins’ attorney filed a motion in July asking that penalties and interest be waived because of the litigation pending over the jail project.

  • Dog-mauling victim better

    Dalton Broshears, the 4-year-old Roane County boy who was mauled by two pit bulls in May, is doing fine, according to his grandmother.
    “He stayed in the hospital for several days,” Ann Wells said. “Their real main fear was infection. Thank God we conquered that.”
    Dalton attended the Harriman Night Out last month and could be seen smiling and having a good time as he played on an inflatable slide.

  • Roane Rock finder shares story

    It was finders-keepers last Tuesday afternoon for Alesia Gallagher.
    The Rockwood woman successfully retrieved the Roane Rock, which was hidden along Hwy. 58 near Riley’s Creek Campground, in the culmination of a new contest sponsored by the Roane County News.
    She was awarded a pair of $50 gift cards as well as a six-month subscription to the newspaper.
    “When I found it, I just stood there in disbelief,” Gallagher said.
    She had faithfully followed 11 clues in the newspaper since the contest began in late July.

  • The Garden Gate: Colorful cabbage more than a ho-hum veggie

    It is hard to really know how far back in time people have been eating cabbage. Now we eat cabbage in soups, stews, salads and casseroles without realizing our kinship to all the people in all the countries and all the eras in history who have done the very same thing.

    Cabbage is mentioned in many places in the Bible with full descriptions of gardens and crops, and even some methods of cooking and preserving this versatile vegetable.