Today's News

  • Gas tax goes into effect Saturday

    The state’s gas tax hike goes into effect on Saturday. That means a 4-cent increase per gallon on gasoline and a 4-cent increase per gallon on diesel.

    The additional revenue generated by the increase is supposed to help pay for 962 state road and bridge projects and provide additional revenue to counties and cities for local projects.

    Roane County, for example, is expected to receive nearly $10 million over the next 15 years. Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the money could start showing up in the local coffers soon.

  • Suspect may have been hit by train

    A train may have struck a pedestrian who was involved in a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening of Monday, June 26.

    Harriman police responded around 10:30 p.m. and found Kenneth May, 49, Oliver Springs, in a ditch in the area north of the Margrave Bridge construction, complaining he’d been struck by the train.

    Norfolk Southern had advised to central dispatch that a man had been “playing chicken” and may have been hit.


    Kingston will be turning up the music this Fourth of July with a powerful lineup of name brand rock ‘n’ roll, blues and rockabilly bands performing at the “Smokin’ the Water” festival.


  • SCHOOL Scoop: Vision has life-changing potential

    By Leah Rice Watkins

    Dear Roane County School System Stakeholder,

    First, I would like to sincerely thank you for your welcoming me into this community. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding teachers, parents, county officials, and students since my relocation to Roane County. I thank you for the importance you place upon the education of the students within the county and the pride you have for the work in our schools.

  • Margrave Bridge Work
  • OUT? SAFE?
  • Trio indicted on sex-crime charges

    Activity on social media resulted in trouble for a registered sex offender.

    Gary Wayne Pierce was indicted last week for nine sexual offender registration violations.

  • Meeting canceled for lack of interest?

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry planned to ask questions about the proposed 2017-18 budget during a work session last Thursday.

    He didn’t get the chance because the work session didn’t take place.

    “I guess I misunderstood,” Berry said.

  • Roane eligible for storm aid

    From staff reports

    President Donald J. Trump has approved major disaster declaration for Roane and 11 other Tennessee counties as a result of damage that occurred during the storms late last month.

    The storms caused more than $1 million in damage to Roane County, including heavy damage to power lines.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

  • ‘I’d been there long enough’

    Something was markedly different about last week’s meeting of the Roane County grand jury. For the first time in decades, Charles Snow was not the foreman.

    “I’d been there long enough,” Snow said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Snow’s tenure as grand jury foreman started in 1987. It lasted until February, when he decided to step down after that month’s grand jury session.