Today's News

  • 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.

  • Williams back on job after DUI

    The Roane Alliance President/CEO Leslie Henderson said Darrell Williams is back working part time with the organization on a probationary basis.
    Williams is still listed as vice president of business development on The Roane Alliance’s website, but Henderson said no decision has been made on his position or title.
    Kingston police arrested Williams on Sept. 17 for DUI and violation of the implied consent law following a lunchtime crash.

  • Rockwood power outage rescheduled

    Approximately 60 customers of Rockwood Electric Utility will experience a temporary power interruption on Nov. 9 while the Tennessee Valley Authority replaces equipment at a substation.
    The outage was scheduled for Wednesday, but due to forecasted rain, the work has been moved to Friday.
    The scheduled outage will begin, weather permitting, at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 and last about four hours.

  • Eureka land sale stopped

    State property records list the Roane County Board of Education as the owner of 2.32 acres of vacant land on Eureka Road.
    Apparently, they are wrong.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said further research has revealed that the board doesn’t own the property. That’s why the board scrapped plans to sell it at auction.

  • The Garden Gate: Indian legends abound about popular veggies

    There are some interesting legends among various Indian tribes concerning the origins of some of our most popular vegetables.

    One widely held superstitious belief insists that a naked squaw strolling through her garden on a moonlit night dragging her garment behind her would ensure a good crop and would prevent cutworms from destroying the planted vegetables, especially corn.

    Indian corn, or maize, was the most important food staple of the early settlements of America.

  • Make train ride part of tradition at Thanksgiving

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has the answer for what to do after celebrating the traditional Thanksgiving holiday: Celebrate the tradition of 1940's era rail travel.

    The museum will roll out its vintage Secret City Scenic Excursion train on Nov. 23-24 for one-hour rides through the former Manhattan Project K-25 Site and picturesque Poplar Creek Valley.

  • Roane County Park recipient of $50,000 state grant

    Roane County Park is the recipient of a $50,000 state grant to remove and replace existing playground equipment with ADA-compliant equipment.

    “Our parks are a very important part of our communities,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. “This grant will update our equipment and help ensure that all children
    have access to the playground.”

    Roane County Park was among 50 recipients across the state that received part of $6.9 million in Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Nov. 7

    25 Years Ago
    Veterans organizations joined together at the courthouse for a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Roane County’s war dead. The brief ceremony ended with a salute and the playing of taps.

    10 Years Ago
    After months of compelling and sometimes volatile debates, 57 percent of Roane Countians voted yes on a ballot referendum which would clear the way for a state lottery. Most other counties followed suit, thus lifting the constitutional ban on a lottery.

  • General Sessions Court: Aug. 17-24, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 17 — Clyde G. Thompson, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Corey A. Lee, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Tyler H. Paradis, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Richard S. Berry, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Bill Jones, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Property Transfers: Aug. 29-Sept. 11, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Aug. 29-Sept. 11:
    • From Michael T. Johnston, Kristi L. Perau and Thomas S. Johnston Estate to Betty F. Johnston by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, 20 acres, Loudon Road, $0.

    • From Melissa A. Kirkland to Anthony F. Kirkland by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, River Oaks, Lot 18 and 18R, $0.

    • From Wanda S. Smith and Wanda S. Presley to Wanda S. Smith by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Post Oak Farms, Lot 10 and 9, $10.