Today's News

  • Barbecue boxed-lunch June 15

    Tired of the usual lunch offerings?

    Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2015 will have a barbecue boxed-lunch fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 15.

    Hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road in Kingston, the food is available for drive-up or delivery.

    Questions? Call or text 293-7680 or email watersmh@roane


    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, a Mid-East Community Action Agency elder transportation program. The agency serves Roane and Loudon counties.

  • Church Calendar: June 6-13

    • Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet service beginning at 10 a.m. at Blue Springs Marina, Ten Mile. Luminary United Methodist Church Pastor Chuck Griffin will be the service officiant.

  • Central salutes military on anniversary

    Lloyd Turner, left, and Wayne Woodlee of the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard are surrounded by members of the Kingston Boy Scout Troop 101 Color Guard during a special 50th-anniversary celebration at Kingston’s Central Baptist Church last weekend.

    The church commemorated its anniversary with a two-day celebration: Saturday’s was a salute to the military, and Sunday’s had a special church service and luncheon afterward.

  • Harriman letter carriers donate food to Courts of Praise pantry

    Harriman’s Courts of Praise food pantry was the recipient of almost 8 1/2 tons of food collected by Harriman letter carriers during the Stamp Out Hunger campaign last month.

    “They feed over 8,000 people a month,” explained Karen Whittle, Harriman Post Office supervisor.

    Whittle said more than 17,000 cans were collected, exceeding last year’s numbers by more than 7,000 pounds.

    She expressed thanks to all who donated to this year’s campaign.

  • Author, Vietnam vet to speak in Harriman

    Randy Kington, author of “What A Life: How the Vietnam War Affected One Marine,” will speak during the 11 a.m. service on June 7 in Harriman Church of God.

    A free breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. for those who serve the community. The church is at 3106 Roane State Hwy.

    Kington will describe his time as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War in 1965-66.

    He will also talk about being critically wounded and of the nine months of recovery and his life that followed.

  • Shall we gather at the river — er, lake?

    While hazy, hot and humid weather approaches East Tennessee, Roane County’s Reva Clark has colder conditions in her thoughts.

    Clark is sharing a couple of pictures that were taken during a wintertime baptism in the Laurel Bluff area.

    A hole was cut into the ice of the lake’s backed-up waters to make way for the religious rite, apparently performed by Preacher Lewis Holt.

    “I’ve tried to find out who they are,” Clark said, “and the preacher is the only one I’ve found out who is.”

  • Whittenbarger recipient of Food City scholarship

    Andrew Whittenbarger of Kingston was recently awarded a $1,500 Food City Scholarship Award from the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation.

    Whittenbarger graduated from Roane County High School in 2014.

    He attends Tennessee Technological University.

    “We are proud to include Andrew in the 30th class of TGEF scholarship recipients”, said Rob Ikard, president of Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association.

  • RSCC has free Summer Bridge prep program for Tenn. Promise

    Roane State Community College will host a free Summer Bridge program for Tennessee Promise students.

    The three-week program will be from July 13-31 on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    The program prepares students to potentially test out of learning support (remedial) courses and start their freshman years college-ready.

    Roane State has 60 openings for its Summer Bridge program.

    The deadline to apply is June 15. Spots can fill up quickly.

  • Hayes awarded MTSU fellowship

    Devyn Hope Hayes, a graduate of Oliver Springs High School, has been awarded Middle Tennessee State University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Buchanan Fellowship.

    Limited to 20 students each year, it is the highest academic award given to an entering freshman at MTSU.

    “We are delighted with the breadth and quality of the candidates for the 2015 Buchanan Fellowship class,” said John R. Vile, Honors College dean.

  • Courthouse security better, still flawed

    Roane County has done a lot to improve security at the courthouse in recent years. The building now includes a vehicle sallyport, which allows officers to pull into a secure location and unload prisoners.

    There’s also a walk-through metal detector and surveillance cameras both inside and outside of the building.

    Despite the enhancements, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said security flaws still exist. He pointed out two rooms where inmates are kept before entering the criminal courtroom.