Today's News

  • 2011 season opens with huge county clash

    No more scrimmages and no more jamborees as Friday night it’s for real.

    That’s the feeling around Roane County this week as all five county teams will be in action in their season openers.

  • KOC fall league sign-ups set for Aug. 20, 27

    The Kingston Optimist Club (KOC) will be holding fall baseball sign-ups on Saturdays Aug. 20 and 27 at the Cherokee baseball field press box.

     The sign-ups will be from 10 a.m. until noon each day.    

  • Catoosa to re-open Saturday

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced that Catoosa Wildlife Management Area located in Cumberland, Morgan, and Fentress counties will be re-opened to public access effective Saturday, Aug. 20.  

  • No Child Left Behind changes may be coming

    Relief could be on the way for schools struggling to make adequate yearly progress toward No Child Left Behind mandates.

    The federal program, which has been sharply criticized by education officials and politicians alike, requires 100 percent of students score proficient in reading/language arts and math by 2014.

    Another requirement is a 90 percent graduation rate by 2014.

    Schools and school systems that fail to meet mandated benchmarks are designated as “target” or “high priority.”

  • Lawyer: Police calls from embattled bar light to normal

    The lawyer for Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton said there’s been average to minimal police involvement at the establishment over the past 10 years.
    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs bases those claims on information obtained following a public records request.

  • Drowning victim's body recovered from quarry

    A drowning victim was retrieved from a rock quarry in Harriman Sunday evening.


    Emilio Smithwick, 35, of Harriman, was swimming with others at the Walnut Hills quarry Sunday afternoon when he and another man jumped off a cliff into the water.

    Smithwick did not emerge and the second man was injured in the jump and taken by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

    “There was another man diving off some cliffs with him. He apparently has some broken ribs, possibly,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Water loss drains ratepayers

    Water loss in aging utility systems is a growing concern.

    Rockwood is putting water losses at a costly 35 percent of what it produces, but Kingston and Harriman have dealt with them, too.

    Of them all, Kingston seems to have made the quickest turnaround.

    City Manager Jim Pinkerton, who is also over the city’s water department,  said 10 years ago the water loss was as high as 50 to 60 percent of the water treated.

  • Spirit of ’45 exhibit open in OR

    Celebrating the legacy of service from men and women of the greatest generation, the Spirit of '45 exhibition opened last week at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge in conjunction with the World War II surrender of Japan on Aug. 14, 1945.

    There were 16.1 million Americans who served in the military during World War II. Today, there are 3 million surviving.

    Through artifacts from the museum archives, museum visitors have opportunities to learn more about everyday heroes.

  • 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.


    Amanda Michelle Disney, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed. Forgery. Guilty.

    Dewey S. Yarber, theft up to $500, failure to appear misdemeanor. Dismissed.

    Dale J. Brooker, public intoxication. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 1-7:

    From Fannie Mae and Federal National Mortgage Association to Paul Brown by warranty deed, Dist. 1, Lee Samuel E. Lot 7, $27,000.

    From Frank Lane Charton, Frank L. Charton, Sylvia S. Charton and Sylvia Charton to Kelly King and Lisa King by warranty deed, Dist. 1, W W Hill, Lot PT2 and PT3, $245,000.

    From Susie D. Woods and Donnie Woods Estate to Phillip E. Branson and Cynthia D. Branson by warranty deed, Dist. 4, 3 acres, Hwy 72, $83,000.