Today's News

  • Police badges, no uniforms, stolen at store

    The owner of A-1 Tactical told authorities no police uniforms were taken during a break-in at his store.

    “That’s what the owner is saying,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The offense report filed in the case on Nov. 23 said, “there is a possibility of full uniform sets taken as well, as the owners were moving merchandise to another store location.”

    Police items that were reported stolen included handcuffs, pepper spray, flashlights and four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges.


    Christmas is about giving, and one Cherokee Middle School student who embodies that spirit is collecting Santa letters to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    Madeline Moore decided she wanted to collect the letters after seeing Macy’s commercials that promise the retail powerhouse will donate up to $1 million — $1 per letter — to the charitable organization which grants dreams to terminally ill youngsters.
    “I just love helping people that need the help and deserve the help,” said Madeline.

  • Rockwood taking break from annual home tour

    Rockwood 2000 celebrated its 21st Christmas Tour of Homes in 2011.
    There won’t be a 22nd — at least, not this year.
    “We couldn’t get enough homes to have a quality tour,” said Mary Kau, Rockwood 2000 president. “I’m afraid it would have been very disappointing with the few we were able to get signed up this year.”
    The city’s revitalization, preservation and beautification organization will revisit the fundraiser again next year if more participants are interested in showing their homes.

  • More indicted in busted-up pill operation

    The oxycodone ring taken down earlier this year was a multi-million dollar enterprise.
    According to indictments in the case, a minimum of $4 million was paid directly or indirectly to the defendants during the course of the scheme that allegedly began in September 2010 and ended this past June.
    Twenty-three people from Roane County were indicted in U.S. District Court for oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies in June.
    A superseding indictment filed in the case this month charges an additional 10 defendants.

  • It takes teamwork to feed the hungry
  • Arrests: Nov. 11-19, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 11 — Lindsay Cheyenne Carter, 20, 103 Bales Ave., Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,500; court date Jan. 28, 2013.

    • Jason Lynn Cox, 39, 1432 Oakdale Hwy. Harriman: theft $1,000 but less $10,000, burglary. Total bond $5,000; court date Dec. 17.

  • THP to conduct December license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting two December driver license roadside safety checkpoints in Roane County.

    The first checkpoint will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 7 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    Another is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 14 on Pine Ridge Road at the railroad tracks.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Three new stars in Legacy Society

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a reception and dinner earlier this month to honor new members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The members honored at the Legacy Society reception and dinner were The Knights of Columbus- Council 8273; In Memory of Albert Clark by Doris Clark; and In Memory of Donald Brown by his aunt, Sarah Coram, who was represented by her niece, Teina Ingram.

  • Dyllis Springs design snags top state honor

    Cope Associates won first-place for new school construction in the elementary category at the Tennessee School Boards Association annual convention.

    The architectural firm, which has offices in Knoxville and Nashville, won for its design of Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Roane County.

    “I knew we were going to win when I saw the competition,” Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago said.

    Dyllis Springs was misspelled on the award, but Jago said he didn't mind.

  • RSCC holiday concert set

    Roane Countians are welcome to get in the festive spirit by joining the Roane State Community College choral and instrumental ensembles in a holiday celebration.

    The college’s annual holiday concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 in the O’Brien Theatre on the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    The Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Celebration Singers, soloists and special guests,  including students from Midtown Elementary School, will perform.

    A $10 donation is suggested.