Today's News

  • Valentines For 70 Years

    Even after seven decades, the love story of a long-married Kingston couple is still being written.

    Bob and Mildred Snow will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary March 10, and “still love each other very much,” says their daughter, Kathy Mount.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs,” said Bob of their union.

    “But not really that many downs,” added Mildred. “We never fight – never have.

    “We might discuss, but we never fight.”

  • Trio of East Tennesseans tapped for police slots

    Harriman Police Department officials didn’t have to look far for the three candidates to fill department vacancies.

    More than 200 applicants from all over the country applied for the jobs, but with a search process that included an intense look into the background of the applicants by the detective unit, three East Tennesseans were picked.

    The first to be hired was Jeff Coffey, a 2009 Harriman High School graduate who has held longtime employment with the Morgan County Correctional Complex where he is part of a special response team.

  • Trooper patrols on spiffy new wheels
  • Probation revenues down in ’16

    The revenue Community Probation Services generates in Roane County was down in 2016, according to the annual letter it sends to County Executive Ron Woody.

    This year’s letter, dated Jan. 3, said the company grossed $160,340.01.

    Roane County contracts with CPS to provide probation services for people convicted in General Sessions Court.

    The contract requires the company to pay Roane County 5 percent of its gross revenue. In 2016, that amounted to $8,017.

    Woody said the county received the check from CPS last month.

  • Roane officials to consider support for Gov. Haslam’s gas tax proposal

    A resolution expressing support for Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal is on the Roane County Commission’s Feb. 13 agenda.

    It was unanimously recommended by the Commission’s Budget Committee.

    “Cars are getting better gas mileage,” said Commissioner Junior Hendrickson, who serves on the committee. “They’re getting lighter and the tax hasn’t been changed, so the money coming in to support the infrastructure has declined.”

  • Spring Thaw to help dementia patients

    The Leadership Roane Class 2017 is hosting a Spring Thaw Fundraising Extravaganza on Feb. 23 to raise funds that will be used to help treat Alzheimer’s patients at care facilities in Roane County.

    Leadership Roane County is sponsored by Roane State Community College and The Roane Alliance.

    The 31-year-old program seeks to develop informed leaders who will be active in community life and who will support a volunteer program dedicated to the positive growth of Roane County.

  • Rockwood High principal arrested

    Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood was arrested for domestic assault Saturday morning.

    “We have become aware of that information, and we have put him on suspension pending investigation,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said late Saturday. “That’s really all for now until we know more.”

    The alleged victim is Cawood’s wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood.

  • OS sweeps Sunbright on senior night

    By Michael Lindsay
    Senior night was a special one in Oliver Springs on Tuesday as the ‘Cats and Lady ‘Cats each picked up a District 4A win at the hands of Sunbright, as the Lady 'Cats won 41-14 and the Bobcats were victorious 57-51.
    Oliver Springs 41, Sunbright 14: The senior trio of Racheal Crass, Alyssa Suttles and Alivia Baker won their final regular season game at Terry L. Hackler Gymnasium on Tuesday in dominating fashion, 41-14.
    “These seniors are special,” said coach Michelle Christopher.

  • Basketball games postponed due to illness

    Basketball games scheduled Thursday and Friday night have been postponed due to school being dismissed both days due to illness.
    Thursday's Kingston at Rockwood and tonight's Kingston at Midway were postponed and will not be made up, as district tournaments are scheduled to begin Feb. 16.
    Tonight's Oliver Springs at Oneida game has been tentatively rescheduled for Monday night, while Thursday's Greenback at Midway game will be rescheduled for Tuesday. Midway will play at Rockwood Monday.


    Two-time TSWA Class A/AA All-state soccer player Lexie Hill of Rockwood signed scholarship players to continue her career at Maryville College.
    "She had a great season and we are here today to celebrate Lexie's accomplishments," said RHS principal Shannon Cawood. "You are a really good player. Besides that, you are really good person."
    "It has been a privilege and an honor to coach you and all of the girls," said Former Coach Wes Ford. "I know how hard you have worked for this."