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Today's News

  • Impaired person a victim

    Multiple people were indicted for sex crimes during this week’s Roane County grand jury session. The group includes Willard and Shelia Crabtree.
    The Crabtrees, 244 Dogtown Road, Ten Mile, are charged with aggravated rape.
    According to the indictment, the alleged victim was mentally/physically incapacitated. 

  • Man charged in theft from TVA

    A Harriman man faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing from TVA.
    Terry Lee Crowe, 230 Virginia St., was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week for theft of property.
    According to the indictment, he allegedly stole tools and accessories from the agency valued at more than $10,000.    
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby arrested Crowe at his home on Wednesday. He was booked into the county jail and released on bond.

  • Roane nonprofit heads are target of indictment

    Two people who worked for a medical technology nonprofit have been indicted by the Roane County grand jury.
    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Community Health Network Inc. operated from a Kingston address, but provided services throughout Tennessee.
    The nonprofit started in 2002 to provide telecommunications support to rural health clinics and medical personnel.

  • Kingston gears up for holiday season

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    While others are stocking up on Halloween candy and looking toward meal planning and Christmas shopping, Kingston Parks and Recreation officials are gearing up for special time-of-the-year preparations, too.
    It’s fall festival time, and with autumn’s annual country fair behind them, parks and rec chief Rick Ross and his employees have Spooktacular upcoming on Oct. 27; the city’s annual Christmas Parade on Nov. 26; the Candy Cane Run for kids Dec. 1; and the Candlelight Tour at the Fort Dec. 8.

  • No cross-voting in primary?

    Democrats voting in Republican primaries could become a thing of the past.
    “We actually have a piece of legislation drafted that would close our primaries, and I’m using that as a starting ground,” said State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. “I’ve asked my research analyst to look at what other states are doing and see what works well and what doesn’t work well.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels keep on turning, but not here

    My passion for vehicles on two wheels has been well-documented of late.
    I’ve loved riding bicycles since, as a 6-year-old, I snagged my older sister’s powder-blue Huffy out of the yard and wildly pedaled off.
    Now, as an adult, I have two bicycles of my own.
    In the past month or ™so, I’ve gotten my motorcycle license and bought one of those, too.

  • The Garden Gate: What plant does thoughts of Halloween conjure?

    We have for a long time been convinced that kudzu is a menacing, fearsome Halloween plant. And so it is, but now it is being threatened by a new menace, an even more fearsome Halloween menace which some people who have known about it have called “the plant from hell”.

    Arundo is a grass-like and bamboo- resembling plant which has been ranked among the world’s 100 most invasive plants. A number of state and even some national organizations have been trying, with no success, to declare it a noxious weed and ban it from the region.

  • Treasure, area Elvis impersonator to be at October Sky Fest

    By Julia H. Daniel, For Roane Newspapers
    At the October Sky Fall Festival on Oct. 20 in Oliver Springs, one Roane County Treasure will be displaying her family history for the second year.

    Nannie Smith Hopper has spent more than 65 years living in Roane County on her family farm in Oliver Springs.

    She was born in Jefferson City on Oct. 7, 1924. She has many good memories of her early childhood days, such as living in a two-room house that Luther Beller had given the family. The house was once a one-room school house.

  • Lots to see, do at October Sky Fest

    Celebrating its setting for the 1999 movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern, the town of Oliver Springs will host its annual October Sky Festival this weekend.

    The festivities will begin late this afternoon at 5 p.m. with a stroll through the old town with costumed storytellers at each stop.

    On Saturday, events begin at 10 a.m. at both Arrowhead Park and the historic depot on Winters Gap Road.

  • Roane Choral marking 40th anniversary in song

    Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary with concerts in November, February and April.

    A variety of music is planned to entertain all music lovers.

    The first concert of the season will be Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “This is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Julianne Bailey of Roane Choral Society.