Today's News

  • All of Roane County a park

    A diverse group of residents is seeking to have Roane County declared a park.

    Not just its picturesque waters, forested hills and pastoral valleys, but also the retail strips, the residential areas and the industrial parks. That’s right, the whole shebang.

    Why? To make a point.

    It’s a key part of a plan adopted this week by The Roane Alliance’s Green Team, a citizens advisory panel led by Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell.


    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is hoping for fair weather.

    The school system has five graduations scheduled over the next five days, and Aytes said four are planned to take place outside.

    “We’re hoping for nice weather so those that are scheduled for outside can take place outside,” he said.

    First up is Roane County High School. Its students are scheduled to graduate today — Friday — at 8 p.m.

  • DCS employee arrested after alleged N.C. assault

    Tom Hogan, an employee with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, was arrested in Harriman on Wednesday.

    “Our Internal Affairs investigators are aware of the current criminal charges and are looking into the employee’s case,” Rob Johnson, a DCS spokesman, said by email Thursday.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities took Hogan into custody because he is wanted by the Asheville, N.C., Police Department for an alleged assault.

    Stockton said the alleged victim in that case was Hogan’s girlfriend.

  • Water safety
  • Students vs. teachers
  • Credit companies sue Ferguson

    A misunderstanding.

    That’s what Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson called two civil actions filed against him in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    One debt collection lawsuit was filed by Discover Bank, and the other was filed by Capital One Bank.

    “They’ve already been resolved,” Ferguson said Thursday. “It was a misunderstanding that I’ve already taken care of.”

  • Roane State hosting free tennis camp

    A free tennis camp will be held at the Roane State Community College Tennis Courts on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The lessons are free and available for kids ages eight and up. Participants ares required to wear tennis shoes, bring a tennis racquet, a snack and a drink. If you do not have a racquet one will be provided. Tennis instructions will be provided by a tennis professional with 20 years experience and the Roane County Tennis Association.

  • Meigs County defeats Oliver Springs in Region 4-A Tournament

    It wasn’t the end Oliver Springs head coach Matt Headden wanted for his seniors, but the end still came for the Lady Bobcats.

    After winning the District 4-A crown last week, Oliver Springs was bounced from the Region 2-A tournament via a 5-0 loss to Meigs County on Monday.

  • Register kids now for Salvation Army summer camp

    A limited number of openings are available for ages 7-12 to attend this summer’s Salvation Army camp.

    The camp will be July 6-11 at Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.

    The deadline for applications is June 1.

    Applications may be picked up at Hands Of Mercy’s office at 147 Court St., Kingston.

    Children will check in to depart for camp at 8:30 a.m. July 6 at Hands of Mercy at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

    A mandatory health and lice check will be performed by a nurse upon arrival.

  • It's Nursing Home Week

    Tennessee’s nursing homes are planning a variety of events for this year’s National Nursing Home Week, May 10-16.

    The 2015 National Nursing Home Week theme is “Bring on the Fiesta.”

    “This year’s Nursing Home Week theme highlights ‘familia, vida and amor,’ which is Spanish for ‘family, life and love,” said Tennessee Health Care Association Executive Director Jesse Samples.

    “These are just some of the elements needed to provide quality nursing home care.”