Today's News

  • Ellis no longer on committee for roads: Commissioner took job with department

    County Commissioner Randy Ellis has resigned his role as chairman of the Roane County Commission’s road committee.

    Ellis, who began working for the county roads department on Sept. 13, said Friday his resignation from the road committee would be announced at the next County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve submitted my resignation from the Road Committee to the County Commission,” he said. “There is no meeting or official business to be conducted by the road committee between now and then.”

  • Sweet life: Pastor presses on for old-timey sorghum

    Matt Edwards is devoted to his role as pastor at South Harriman Baptist Church, but he finds joy in another vocation as well, one with which he is quite familiar.

    Edwards is a fourth generation farmer, now with several acres all his own in Morgan County where he raises cows, chickens, pigs and about a half acre of sweet sorghum cane.

    For the second year he’s trying his hand at pressing and cooking the syrup down into the popular sorghum syrup that old timers used to make.

  • Tuesday’s the deadline for voter registration

    Voters can start heading to the polls later this month to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway has a list of things people should do before they go. Chief among them is making sure their registration is up to date.

    “If you go in and you get in line, and you’ve changed your address or your name, then you have to fill out another form before you go through to vote,” he said.

  • Old times there are not forgotten: Wheat homecoming

    The Wheat community may be long gone, but former residents, students and their descendants are making sure it is not forgotten.

    In remembrance, several dozen folks gathered last Sunday at George Jones Memorial Baptist Church just off Blair Road to celebrate the group’s 85th reunion.

    Nestled in the Oak Ridge portion of Roane County — and encompassing land from Bear Creek to Bethel Valley, East Fork Valley and Sugar Grove Valley — the entire community was displaced in 1942 to make way for the ongoing war effort.

  • Rockwood properties looking good

    Rockwood is certainly cleaning up.

    Within the last year, roughly 30 dilapidated homes have been torn down, either through city efforts, or those of homeowners, all of whom are working toward city beautification.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said the issue was one of the campaign platforms on which he ran two years ago.

    “When I was campaigning door-to-door, one thing people told me was that we needed to clean up our town, and that is what we have done.

  • Kingston firefighter injured on the job

    A Kingston firefighter was injured last week in a fall that occurred on the job.

    Eddie Lantz was reportedly adjusting a garage door at the main fire hall in Kingston when the Oct. 3 accident happened, confirmed Kingston City Manager David Bolling last Wednesday.

    The matter was first mentioned by Vice Mayor Tony Brown at the regular workshop of Kingston City Council on Oct. 4.

    Lantz apparently suffered a “serious concussion,” and was hospitalized overnight before being

    released the next day, shared Brown.

  • Rose of Sharon a nice surprise

    John Johnsen of Rockwood recently noticed a very ornate addition to one of his rose bushes.

    The 92-year-old long-time flowering plant aficionado notified the Roane County News that a singular Rose of Sharon was growing up through one of his vibrant knock-out rosebushes.

    “To me, it was very unusual,” Johnsen said. “I have never seen anything like it before in my life. One day it was not there, the next, there is was,” he added.

  • Rockwood Lady Tigers beat CAK

    Kaley Legg scored two goals to lead the Rockwood Lady Tiger soccer team to a 2-1 victory over CAK in the Region 2A/AA semifinals Tuesday night, which earned RHS a berth in Thursday evening's championship game at Grace Christian and a first-ever berth in Saturday's section game against either Greeneville or University School.
    "That was 80 minutes of soccer. Finally....mind over body," said Rockwood Coach Don Maples. "It was a total team effort. "

  • Three county teams continue region play

    It seems every week in the regular season is more important than the week before, but that’s not really the case this week for Roane County teams.
    Only three games are on the schedule this week as Oliver Springs and Kingston have an open date. The other three games are all region contests, but for all intents and purposes, next week will be the week that decides the playoff fate for all county teams with a chance to make the postseason.

  • How time flies! Week 10 is upon us

    How time flies! It is now week 10 of the high school football season, with three of the five county teams in action tonight — Sunbright at Midway, Rockwood at Wartburg and Harriman at Greenback.
    Two of three games are Region 2-1A games and the other is a Region 2-2A game. All three will  have some bearing on the playoffs, which begins Nov. 4.
    Greenback leads Region 2-1A leads with a 4-0 record, followed by Oneida (4-1), Coalfield (3-1), Harriman (2-2), Jellico (1-3), Midway (1-4) and Sunbright (0-4).