Today's News

  • Oliver Springs to stay dry

    Oliver Springs joined many other small communities in having a referendum to allow package stores to sell alcohol in its city limits.

    Voters in the Anderson County portion of the town supported the referendum permitting package stores by three votes at 360 voting for it and 357 voting against it.

    Roane County voters, however, turned the tide in favor of not having the stores with votes of 126 for permitting package stores and 162 against it.


    Six decades after serving a nation that refused to let him fight because of the color of his skin, former U.S. Marine Albert Winton Sr. finally got some well-deserved recognition last week.

    He was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal.

    A packed house at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood gave Winton a standing ovation as he received the nation’s highest non-combat award last Thursday night from Tennessee Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Many-Bears Grinder.

  • FCE hosts holiday ideas fair

    Members of all eight of Roane County’s Family and Community Education clubs hosted a Christmas Ideas Fair last week at Kingston.

    Proceeds from the fair, which has been an annual event since the 1950s, go toward a scholarship awarded each spring to a deserving high school senior from Roane County.

    It’s the only fundraiser of the year for the FCE groups.

    Everything is donated by the members, so 100 percent of the sale of items goes into the scholarship fund.

  • RMS splits with Wartburg

    After opening the season in the 2012 Hollis Eble Tournament, the Rockwood Middle School Tigers and Lady Tigers played their regular season opener at Wartburg on Monday.

  • Raiderettes ready for season

    The Roane State Community College women’s basketball team is young but determined.

    “They are so competitive with everything,” head coach Monica Boles said. 

  • Kingston faces tough foe in second round

    It’s not quite David and Goliath, but the Kingston Yellow Jackets have a tall task at hand as Blair Harrison’s squad hits the road to take on defending state champion and No. 2 ranked Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in the second round of the TSSAA Class 3A playoffs Friday night at 7 p.m.

  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says
  • TVA ash to be left in river, plan says

    The residual ash in the Clinch and lower Emory rivers will be dealt with through natural river processes and continued long-term monitoring. 
    “It was based on extensive research, including human health and ecological risk assessments, and aligns with the majority of public comments received on the EE/CA (Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis) alternatives,” TVA said in a news release. “The selection was also approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.”

  • RMS students vote

    Rockwood Middle School students got a hands-on civics lesson Monday when they had a chance to vote for the U.S. president in a mock election.
    School librarian Maranda Summers, a former history teacher, presided over the election process that included helping students register to vote, teaching information about the candidates through newspaper articles and other sources, and then finally to enter the voting booth and cast a ballot.

  • Smoot can’t make bond

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted bond for accused killer Shawn Smoot in August.
    Smoot, 40, a former insurance agent, has remained incarcerated, however.  His bond was set at $250,000.
    According to court records, his parents inquired about putting up out-of-state property for the bond. They were informed that was not acceptable, court records said.
    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road in October 2011.