Today's News

  • There’s been a lot of uniforms in Kingston officer’s life, career

    By Mike Gibson
    Lawrence Russell doesn’t fit the mold of a fellow who’s made a career out of three branches of the armed forces, followed by a more permanent stint in local law enforcement.

    The 43-year-old Kingston officer has the look, sure enough — a shaved pate and orderly mustache complementing the upright carriage of his stocky physique.

    But Russell is no humorless stiff; no diehard lifer with a drill sergeant-demeanor and a painted-on high-and-tight.

  • 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.


    Kerry D. Langley, assault bodily injury and disorderly conduct. Guilty.

    James H. Moore, criminal impersonation of law enforcement. Dismissed.

    James C. Treadway, public intoxication and criminal trespass. Dismissed. Inhale, possess intoxicants for unlawful purposes and theft up to $500. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 21-25:

    From Tennessee Land and Lakes LLC to James S. Curtis and Janis L. Curtis by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay West, Lot 668 and 669, $169,900.

    From Steve A. Freels and Kim A. Freels to Chris Haynes by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Kingston Avenue, $10,000.

    From George W. Bacon Jr. and Maxine Bacon to Melodie Miller and Beverly Massaro by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, 6.78 acres, US Hwy.  27, $0.

  • Big cut for K-25 East Wing

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, also known as UCOR, had a literal breakthrough this week when workers completed a cut through the east wing of the K-25 Building.

    The cut segregated the north 16 sections of the structure from the six southernmost
    sections, five of which are contaminated with Technetium-

    The sections containing Tc-99, a slow-decaying radioactive metal, will require addition-
    al preparation before demolition.

  • Jobless rate down in July

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in July, a decrease of 0.7 percent over the previous month, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That means 26,050 workers in the county’s 28,480 labor force were employed during the month.

    The Roane County rate for July is somewhat higher than the 7.7 percent reported for the same period last year, state statistics show.

  • New photography business open in Rockwood

    Allan Adams has opened his new business, Adams Photography, in Rockwood.

    New clients are now being accepted.

    “We offer portraits, maternity, engagement, baby, school, outdoor, photo restoration, old time, family, friends, anniversary, children, sports, band and custom editing,” Adams said.

    “We can do photo sessions at either your home or a local setting” such as a park or riverfront, he added.

    Adams Photography operates at 103 Meadows Place.

  • Out to Lunch: East Tennessee’s best can be found at Copeland’s

    By Bethel Poston
    I was surprised when our niece, Linda Norman, asked when I was going “Out to Lunch” at Copeland’s. I had to ask where it was, because I’d never heard of it.

    Linda lives on River Road and is a dental hygienist in Rockwood. I’ve always had a problem talking when someone was cleaning my teeth, but evidently her patient mentioned the new Kingston restaurant after a treatment.

    Copeland’s is on Martin Street across from Piggly Wiggly in the former Pizza Hut location.

  • Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Street Festival rain plans

     ‎--The 24th annual Hooray for Harriman Labor Day celebration will go on rain or shine Monday, Sept. 5. 

  • Tigers no match for Rams, fall 28-0

    The Rockwood Tigers got “rammed” Friday night by the Grace Christian Academy Rams in a 28-0 loss.
    “We played a really good team tonight,” said Rockwood head coach John Webb. “We got some experience for in the future when good teams like this. We just gave up too many big plays tonight.”
    Grace Christian got on the board first Friday with a 10-play, 91-yard drive capped off with a 23-yard Will McKamey touchdown run.
    Jonathan Griffith hit the PAT for the Rams to make the score 7-0 with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

  • Midway snaps losing streak with big win


    Midway hosted Pickett County Friday night in what appeared to be a great chance for the Green Wave to end their 13-game losing streak.

    Both teams did not win at all last year, but a strong showing in last week’s contest led many Midway fans to feel confident heading into the contest.

    This confidence was obviously deserved, as the Green Wave absolutely destroyed Pickett County by a final score of 52-6.