Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: Community effort saved courthouse


    The old Roane County Courthouse recently lost one of its most colorful and influential champions.

    Rachel Parker’s passing rekindled my desire to share in this space the bold effort that saved that beloved historic structure.

    When I left Kingston for college in 1969, it was THE Roane County Courthouse and one of only a few antebellum Greek Revival courthouses actively operating in Tennessee.


    Avoid. Deny. Defend.

    Those were the three things Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Kris Mynatt stressed last week in a Civilian Response to Active Shooter training session at Kingston’s Michael Dunn Center.

    “We want them to have the right mind-set for situations that might occur,” Mynatt said about the training designed to help businesses and individuals respond in the event involving an active shooter.

  • Body cameras now part of deputy sheriffs’ uniforms

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies have begun wearing body cameras.

    The sheriff’s office has had the cameras since at least February, but Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they were waiting to formalize policy and conduct training before rolling them out.

    He said Friday that the deputies have been wearing the cameras for about a week.

    “So far things are going pretty good,” he said.

    Many law enforcement agencies across the state and the country have chosen to equip officers with body cameras in recent years.

  • Signal snarls school traffic

    The busy times of day on Harriman’s South Roane Street can ruffle a few feathers — especially for those stuck waiting to turn left onto Ruritan Road in the midst of morning school traffic.

    It’s why city officials are taking steps to change the signaling, which in itself is fairly new, from a green left arrow to a flashing yellow signal to indicate to drivers to turn when clear.

    “I think anyone who has sat at this red light would know really clearly the need for this signal,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • #GuinnDidWin

    “Cancer free!!!!”

    Connie Guinn texted those words to the Roane County News on Friday to confirm what her family learned about her nephew, Ethan Guinn.

    Roane County — and, indeed,  much of East Tennessee — has embraced Ethan Guinn in his battle against non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    The hashtag #GuinnWillWin3 was created in late January as a means of support for the Roane County High School senior who wore Kingston’s No. 3 jersey on the football field.


    The Roane County Board of Education’s foray into high school consolidation was short-lived.

    By a 7-3 vote Thursday night, the board voted to keep its current five high schools and scrap its consolidation plan that was approved in February.

    “With the community that’s been talking to me, talking to a lot of us, I don’t feel this is the right time to consolidate these schools,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

    “I think the community is behind getting these schools in shape and keeping our community schools.”

  • Rockwood, Harriman split district games

    Jimmy Vanosdale shut out the Harriman Blue Devils 5-0 on one hit with 13 strikeouts to earn a split in the District 3A doubleheader Tuesday at Mike "Brillo" Miller Sports Complex, after the visitors posted a 3-1 victory in game one.
    The doubleheader was necessitated by Monday's rainout at PaperMaker Ball Park in Harriman.
    Harriman 3, Rockwood 1: The Blue Devils scored an unearned run off Rockwood starter Lucas McDermott in the top of the first.

  • Oneida sweeps doubleheader from Oliver Springs

    There was no joy in the “Land of OS” for the Bobcat nation, as they were handed a pair of defeats by the Oneida Indians on the baseball diamond courtesy of a 5-0, game 1 rout, and 2-0 hard-fought game two loss.
    Oneida 5, Oliver Springs 0:  Jonathan Wilson must have taken the old Theodore Roosevelt adage of, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” to heart as Wilson blasted two homers for the Oneida Indians in a 5-0 win over the Bobcats.

  • Rockwood tennis teams split with both SMHS, Pigeon Forge

    The Rockwood  tennis teams played Stone Memorial on Monday and hosted Pigeon Force Tuesday. The Lady Tigers (4-1) with 7-2 wins over both SMHS and Pigeon Forge, while the Tigers (0-5) with 6-0 losses to both teams.
    Stone Memorial 6, Rockwood 0
    Thackery Porter lost to James Tewell 0-6
    Logan Brock lost to Paolo Berdanelli  0-6
    Drake Henderson lost to Connor Padgett 1-6
    Derek Smith lost to Seth Skaurel 2-6
    Porter/Brock lost to  Tewell/Berdanelli 0-6

  • McClain signs with Bryan College

    Bryan College head coach Don Rekoske has seen a lot in his 20 years as a head coach at the collegiate level, but he witnessed something Friday afternoon that told him a lot about his newest signee, Harriman senior Isaiah McClain.