Today's News

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Cookie Jar adventure a resounding success


    One morning as we left the Roane State Fitness Center, Jim and Mae Grasham told me I needed to write an “Out to Lunch” article on the Cookie Jar Café.

    “We went last week with two other couples, and the food was really good,” Jim said. “Be sure to save room for the homemade coconut cream pie.”

  • ‘Major’ industry eyeing Roane site

    According to a resolution on Roane County Commission’s tentative agenda, a major industry is finalizing plans to construct a distribution facility in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who submitted the resolution, would not disclose the identity of the industry.

    The county commission meets today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at 7 p.m.

    The resolution is to apply for an industrial access road grant to service the unnamed industry.

  • Land value to stand for assessor’s ex-husband

    An administrative judge has denied Steve Kirkham’s request to have his 2010 property appraisals thrown out.

    Kirkham, a local convenience store magnate, was once married to Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham. The two went through a heated divorce that his lawyer said included “great animus coupled with animosity and rancor.”

  • Reporters Notebook by Damon Lawrence: TVA trial lawyers still have work to do

    Phase 1 of the first TVA ash spill trial concluded last week, but the work is not done for the lawyers involved.
    U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan instructed the parties to provide the court with their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law along with closing argument briefs.

    The briefs will allow each side to expand upon or reiterate what they told Varlan during verbal closing arguments last week. Varlan asked that the briefs be limited to 25 pages.

    He also instructed the parties to submit summaries of the witness testimony.

  • A toot of the flute for band festival


    Midway High School student Amanda Ooten performs the flute during the 10th annual Roane County Rotary Clubs Band Festival at Rockwood High School last week. The schools rotate hosting duties for the event, which the Rotary Clubs of Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood use as an opportunity to collect items for various food banks throughout the county and give the bands a chance to visit and watch each other’s shows in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

  • Robbery suspect muses: Why do police want me?

    Any confusion Tina Nicole Goldberg had on why officers were looking for her was cleared up on Oct. 10.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department arrest report, Goldberg flagged an officer down on North Gateway Avenue and asked him why the police wanted to talk to her.

    “I advised her she was being investigated as the suspect in a robbery of a business in Harriman,” the report said. “Dispatch did verify the warrant was in hand, and I arrested Tina Nicole Goldberg.”

  • Getting in a round of bingo at the picnic


    Jeremy Kirkland, Carl Wicks and Billy Fritts play a round of bingo during the recent annual Seniors’ Picnic at Roane County Park.

  • Annexation over for Park View

    Park View residents can now let out their pent-up breaths of excitement — at least those who were anxiously awaiting to celebrate Rockwood’s plans to step back from annexing the area.

    Last week, Rockwood City Council approved final reading of an ordinance to withdraw its annexation proceedings of the area.

    The council didn’t give any reason for the decision to not proceed with the annexation.

  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 23-year-old white female. Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the body of Brooke Morris was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Saturday around 8 p.m.

    “Somebody saw her laying next to the road and they called,” Phillips said. “First responders and law enforcement responded out there and found her.”

    Phillips said Morris, who had a Knoxville address, appeared to have suffered a gun shot wound.

  • Cain stumps through Roane

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was greeted by a raucous crowd during a stop at Roane State Community College on Saturday.
    “Thank you for being here, because this is a collection of patriots, and patriots want to take back this nation,” said the candidate, who recently emerged as a leader among Republican hopefuls.
    His audience came from near and far.
    “I’m interested in what Herman Cain has to say,” said Roane County resident Ed Harper.
    That was also what brought Susan Clifton of Maryville to the event.