Today's News

  • Snow went from clerk to foreman of grand jury

    Charles C. Snow retired as Roane County circuit court clerk in 1986. However, he’s been able to stay involved with the court system by serving as foreman of the grand jury.

    When contacted last week, Snow couldn’t recall the exact date he took over the position, but said he believes he’s been doing it since the 1990s.

    “I’ve been fortunate I haven’t been sick or nothing,” he said. “I’ve always been able to be there.”

  • Middle College students excel in inaugural year

    The first year of Roane State Community College’s Middle College program is over, and high school students from Roane County proved they could thrive academically.

    Twenty-six juniors finished the first of the two-year Middle College program in May.

    “I cannot say enough positive things about the achievements of this group,” said Diane Ward, Roane State vice president of student learning. “To see two of them win these outstanding academic awards is phenomenal.”

  • TDOT tackling several road projects next week

    Motorists traveling in and through Roane County this week might want to add a few minutes to their travel time.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning a number of paving and construction projects this week.

    The areas include:

    • Hwy. 61 between the Roane County line (Log Mile 0) and Midway Drive (Log Mile 2.7) in Anderson County — Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures daily through this project as crews construct turn lanes in this area.

  • Halls in 34th Roane Habitat home

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated its 34th house built in Roane County.

    Owner Jesse Hall, left, along with his sister, Ruby, and mother, Carrie, are living in the home they and dozens of volunteers helped build.

    “Their new home, located on Hope Circle in Kingston, is a thoroughly modern, efficient, and sturdy design that will provide them many years of service,” said Todd Fisher, Roane County Habitat for Humanity president.

  • FCE Rural Mixers mix it up for scholarships

    The Roane County Rural Mixers Family and Community Education Club meeting to make crafts recently are, front row from left, Lennie Stansbury, Rachel and Sally Wright, Madge Jackson, Linda Rogers; and back row, Judy Murray, Julia McCoin and Robin Greenberg.

    The group met at the Wrights’ home to make crafts to sell for the Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund and 4-H camp.

    The Rural Mixers meet the second Thursday of each month in Kingston Community Center.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in Africa!

    The Roane County News had one of its more humanitarian globetrotting trips when it accompanied the Ochs family to Ghana, Africa.

    “In this picture, we are with the children from Great Mission International, an orphanage in Teshie, Ghana,” explained Bekah Ochs, at left in the middle of the back row, holding children with sisters Abby, center, and Maddie.

    “We recently returned for a medical mission outreach with a team from [Feeding the Orphans]. After the team left, our family stayed several weeks to reconnect with friends.”

  • Shhh! Dad needs his beauty sleep!

    Father’s Day is this Sunday, and it gives us all an opportunity to show Dad how much we love him for everything he’s meant to us.

    Dads hold us up in the rough times, cheer for us in the good times and, as a 7-year-old Elizabeth Hall illustrates, they’re even there for us when they’re napping.

    Elizabeth, now 14, made her father, Rodney Hall of Ten Mile, feel pretty by adorning him with baubles, barrettes and bows while he copped a few Z’s after work.

  • Vacation Bible School 2015

    Batley Baptist
    “To the Edge: Encounter the God of the Universe” is the vacation Bible school theme at Batley Baptist Church near Oliver Springs. A VBS kickoff cookout will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 20; classes will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. June 21-25 at the church at 670 Batley Road. Free dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. daily. Call 435-2400 for transportation, and visit www.BatleyChurch.org for details.

  • Two a.m. services at New Midway

    New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston, now has two Sunday morning services.

    The services begin at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

    The church is at 240 New Midway Road.