Today's News

  • Church Alliance to honor five for public service

    Five individuals will be honored for outstanding public service with the Roane County Distinguished Citizenship Award on Jan. 24.

    The awards program will be at 3 p.m. in Bazeltown Baptist Church, Harriman.

    The award was established in 2013 by the Rev. Joseph Weaver, chair-
    man of the Roane County Church Alliance.

    The award honors Roane Countians for exceptional achievement in community service and leadership.

  • Church Calendar

    • The Singing Cookes and Cooke Brothers will be in concert at 6 p.m. in Swan Pond Baptist Church, Harriman. Admission is free. Call 335-7981 for details.

    SUNDAY, JAN. 17

  • Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey

    1. Is the book of Joshua in the Old or New Testament or neither?
    2. What animal did God provide Abraham to sacrifice in place of Isaac? Dove, Calf, Ram, Camel
    3. From Joshua 14, to whom did Joshua give a blessing? Jacob, Caleb, Esau, Himself
    4. The word “ball” is mentioned how many times in the Bible? Only once, 6, 41 113
    5. From Job 39, what bird is cruel to her young? Sparrow, Eagle, Ostrich, Raven
    6. In the Bible, how many men are/were named “Dodo”? 2, 3, 4, 5


    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy will be celebrated nationwide Monday, Jan. 18, however it will be commemorated locally with two weekend events.

    The Roane County chapter of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Banquet 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Roane State Community College.

    It is an opportunity to raise money for the Roane County Chapter of the NAACP’s scholarship fund and kick off the Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, said chapter president Joe Eskridge.

    Singers and guest speakers will highlight the event, the largest fundraiser for the chapter.

  • Dumping closes 3 mountain roadways

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has closed three access roads in the Mount Roosevelt Wildlife Management Area due to illegal dumping.

    TWRA personnel found the remnants of shingles, lumber and other waste items on Jolley Road, Grant Helton Road and another unnamed road while on a December patrol of the area west of Rockwood.

    “It’s upsetting to see waste like this,” said TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Mime Barnes. “We’re very grateful to our hunters and anglers and when we see something like this, it’s very disrespectful to them.”

  • Rockwood VFW celebrating 70 years of serving vets
  • Roane rape suspect arrested in Morgan

    Harriman child rape suspect John Paul Little was arrested in Morgan County last week.

    According to the Morgan County News, the Roane County News’ sister newspaper, Little is charged with manufacture, sell and delivery of meth and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

    Harriman police arrested Little on Sept. 9, 2012, on charges of child rape.
    He was later indicted by the Roane County grand jury, and the charges are still pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Little’s alleged victim in the rape case was 6 years old.

  • Thurman keys Lady Jacket victory

    The Kingston basketball teams returned to District 4AA play Tuesday by hosting Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), with the Lady Jackets defeating the Lady Warriors 51-43 and the Warriors hitting 12-of 30 3-point baskets in a 69-50 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

    Kingston 51, CAK 43: "We are winning, but are not playing our best," said Kingston Coach Connie Guinn, as Taylor Thurman hits 5-of-6 free throws in fourth quarter.

    The first quarter jumped out to a slow start, as CAK took a 10-4 lead with 2:39 remaining; however, two free throws by

  • From the COUNTY: Evaluate where we are, and get engaged

    Generally during the coming of a new year and the passing of the old year, we often evaluate our lives and what we are trying to accomplish in life.

    As county leaders, we reflect also on what we accomplished, what we failed to accomplish, what decisions we made that we consider good decisions and what we consider not so good decisions.

    As we evaluate the past, we also focus on the future.

    Let’s first talk about the recent property tax bills. Some were very painful.

    My own property taxes increased. I wish that had not happened, and I
    know that others went up even higher.


    Lottery fever has struck Roane County.

    Area residents are hoping to cash in Wednesday night on a Powerball jackpot that could surpass $1.5 billion.

    “It’s been pretty crazy,” said April Yarber, manager of Fun Food Shell in Oliver Springs.

    “A lot of people are buying lottery tickets, even people that normally don’t buy Powerball tickets are buying them.

    “We’ve had people coming in buying $300 at a time.”