Today's News

  • Law may cost schools

    A state law could hurt Roane County Schools financially.

    “We have some very big concerns,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

    The law, identified by the school system as Public Chapter 504, has been in effect for more than two-and-a-half years. The board unanimously passed a resolution last month urging the General Assembly to review the effects of the law.

  • Flu, cold and other woes

    Roane County School officials are hopeful that the worst has passed with regards to the flu and other illnesses keeping many students, faculty and staff home.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said they have been watching the issue and saw a reduction in absences on Thursday compared to earlier in the week and was hopeful Friday would see numbers continue to drop.

    “I’m really hopeful we’ve turned a corner,“ Watkins said.

  • Harriman police catch thieves taking mower at Lowe’s

    Harriman police arrested two suspects accused of stealing a mower at the Harriman Lowe’s on Thursday, Jan. 25, and returning to the scene of the crime to attempt another theft the following day.

    Anthony Denton Beets, 45, Friendsville, and Charles Edwards Wilburn, 28, Alcoa, are both charged with two counts of theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, possession of burglary tools and vandalism. In addition, Beets is also charged with violation of the registration law, driving on a suspended or revoked license and financial responsibility.

  • Better days in store for pup

    Brownie needs your help.

    Brownie is a sweet 8-year-old dog that has had a rough life, and needs the people of Roane County to aid in his rescue.

    He was surrendered at the Roane County Animal Shelter in Rockwood, and on his evaluation, they noticed that he was favoring his right back leg.

    Upon further examination, with the aid of x-rays they discovered he had major damage in the leg, possibly from a shotgun blast.

    “We found buckshot on the x-rays,” said county animal control officer Kristy Cannon.

  • Singleton to return to KPD

    Kingston Police Sgt. Jerry Singleton has returned to work.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Singleton worked one day last month and was scheduled to work another shift on Sunday.

    Singleton was out for several months after he was injured on the job last summer.

    He conducted a traffic stop on Henry Nicholas Brown, who was pulling a car hauler with a truck.

    Brown is accused of striking Singleton with the car hauler when he drove away.

  • Go back in time as street character at Tennessee Medieval Faire

    The Tennessee Medieval Faire is holding open auditions to be in the fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire, which will open again this May.

    For those interested in participating as street characters, open auditions are Saturday, Feb. 10, 17 and 24, from 2-5 p.m. at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston.

    Auditioners are asked to come prepared to demonstrate their talents, for example: sing, play an instrument, tell a story in character, dance, and participate improvisational games. Adults (ages 18+) are preferred.

  • I-40 work scheduled

    Drivers may find temporary lane closures for roadway maintenance work between mile markers 344 and 341 of I-40 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and continuing until Friday, Feb. 9.

    Motorists should be alert for workers, slow traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

  • HMS advances to tourney semis

    By Melissa Coley


    Defense and rebounding describes in a nutshell how the number three seed Lady Blue Devils knocked off the number one seed Norris Middle as Harriman wins their second game in the East Tennessee AA State Sectional Tournament on Monday. They advance to the semi-finals today at 4:30 at the Pigeon Forge Middle School and will play Wartburg for the fourth time this season.

  • ’Cats and Jackets split

    By Damichael Cole


    On Tuesday night in a battle between the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats and the Coalfield Lady Jackets, one losing streak was guaranteed to end.

    The Lady Jackets entered the game on a five-game losing streak while the Lady Bobcats held a four-game losing streak of their own.

    After a neck-and-neck first half, the Lady Bobcats were able to hang on 54-50 to snap their four-game losing streak.

  • Lady Tigers can’t catch Sunbright

    By David W. Doonan


    The Sunbright Tigers defeated the Rockwood Tigers 44-28 in girls’ basketball action at Sunbright High School Tuesday evening.

    The game started slow, with both teams trading possessions on both sides.

    No one scored until the 4:17 mark of the first quarter, as Olivia Northrup for Sunbright drained a two-pointer, one of the 10 points she scored in the period, to break the scoreless deadlock.

    Rockwood had a hard time scoring as they only made one point- a foul shot by Camryn Evans.