Today's News

  • Church Calendar

    FRIDAY, AUG. 21
    • The Presbyterian Women’s Association of Rockwood First Presbyterian Church will have a two-day rummage/bag sale from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the basement of the church at 429 W. Rockwood St.

    • Three Rivers Community Baptist Church, Kingston, will have a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. at the church at 107 Paint Rock Ferry Road. Call Pastor Dennis Hawkins at 765-7459 for details.

    SUNDAY, AUG. 23

  • Flooding closes Kingston Elementary

    Too much rain in too short of time.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said that’s what caused a flooding incident that prompted the cancellation of classes at Kingston Elementary School on Thursday.

    “We had about 2 inches of water that came in,” Aytes said. “It doesn’t look like there was any damage; just water.”

    Wednesday evening’s rain was the culprit. Aytes said the water entered the school underneath the doors.

  • Sheriff’s office looking into hurt woman

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause behind injuries to a seriously injured woman found outside a Bluff Road home on Aug. 16.

    Kristin Mallory Cupp was taken first to Roane Medical Center and then transported via Lifestar to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    “At this time, it appears it may have been a medical issue,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton. “Her clothing and things like that were consistent with someone having a fall.”

  • County rivalry returns to gridiron tonight

    For the sake of unity, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason quipped that it was a good thing an economic conference involving all the mayors was on Aug. 13.

    “If it was two weeks from now, Kingston would have already lost to Harriman in the football game so [Kingston] Mayor Tim Neal wouldn’t be quite as nice as he is right now,” Mason said.

    His joke got a big response from the audience.

    Officials can laugh about it now because after a two-year hiatus, Kingston and Harriman will once again face each other on the high school football field.

  • POOL’S OUT for summer
  • Corker: Dems, GOP financially irresponsible

    Fiscal and foreign policy were some of the issues on Sen. Bob Corker’s mind Tuesday during a meeting with constituents at The Roane Alliance.

    “Many of the people here in this room, I met when I was running nine-and-a-half, 10 years ago,” he said. “One of the reasons I ran was because of the fiscal issues our nation is facing and was facing at the time. I wish I could tell you we’ve accomplished a great deal, but we really haven’t.”

  • Lawyer: Friend wasn’t speeding in fatal crash

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter said his client wasn’t speeding as he traveled down Hwy. 61 in Roane County on Feb. 6.

    Knoxville attorney David C. Hollow made the allegation against Merley Tilson in an answer to a lawsuit.

    “Quite frankly, I’m upset about the allegation,” Ritter said.

    Hollow represents ex-state trooper Samuel Dean Norman, who is being sued in Roane County Circuit by Sandra J. Solomon.

    She claims Norman caused the Feb. 6 crash that killed her husband, Elmer Solomon.

  • Tennessee not part of 1st Blue Bell roll out

    Phase 1 of Blue Bell Creameries planned roll out won’t include Tennessee, so local freezer aisles could continue to remain devoid of the company’s ice cream products.

    “We have limited distribution right now as we only have one facility that is producing ice cream,” company spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said.

    “Because of that, we’re going to re-enter parts of 15 states in five phases.”

  • Green’s run lifts HMS past Midway, 6-0

    The Harriman Middle School Blue Devils traveled cross county and came away with a 6-0 win over Midway Middle to open the 2015 football season in Roane County.

    Although their wasn't much scoring in the game, both teams moved the ball up and down the field. Harriman piled up 254 yards total offense while Midway had 183 yards of offense.

    Most of the Blue Devil offense came on the ground with Bradley Frost and Michael Greene accounting for much of the yardage. Greene scored the game's only touchdown with a 55-yard dash early in the second quarter.

  • Roane players shine at jamboree

    The annual Roane County Jamboree gave everyone a little taste of football last Friday night at Harriman’s Wallace Black Field. All five Roane teams participated in the action along with Cumberland County.

    Careful not to show too much of their game plans, all five head coaches played younger players for most of the night.

    Two new head coaches made their debuts Friday when Midway’s Ryen Minton and Oliver Springs’ Larry Green led their teams to the field. Both have been involved with their respective programs for several years.