Today's News

  • Early-voting period to end Thursday, Nov. 1

    Voters in Roane County continue to show their support for the flexibility and convenience of early voting.
    Through the first seven days of early voting period, 6,413 of voters have cast their ballots.
    “Roane County voters are making it clear they want their voices to be heard in this election,” said Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway. “We are hopeful that even more voters will decide to take advantage of early voting over the next several days.”

  • Deputy’s resignation impacts court cases

    Criminal cases in which  former Roane County sheriff’s deputy Derek Kennedy was the arresting officer could end up getting dismissed.
    “If there was another officer that observed or had some involvement and can prosecute the case, then we’ll go forward with it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “If it’s a stand-alone case, just on Derek Kennedy’s testimony, then those cases we’ll have to dismiss probably, depending on whether we get Derek in and what the facts of the case are.”

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Not raising stink over one little intruder

    I call him Scrappy.
    I guess I should have killed — or at least removed — the brown stink bug sitting on my kitchen window sill for the past four days, but I haven’t.
    For one thing, I don’t want to deal with the stink. For another, I figured he would  have died on his own by now. I’m still holding onto that thought.
    Scrappy is one of, I’m sure, millions of an invasive, transcontinental stink bug species that is taking over our country.

  • Program aims to aid vets with housing

    The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has awarded grants to the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness to serve veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    Roane County veterans can benefit from the Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families Program that promotes housing stability among very low income veteran families who live  in or are transitioning to permanent housing.

    Service provided include outreach, case management, and assistance in applying for VA and other benefits.

  • Development District honors senator

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been recognized by the Tennessee Development District for legislative achievements benefitting the people of the 12th Senatorial District and the state.

    Yager received the award last month at a meeting of the East Tennessee Development District in Knoxville.

    East Tennessee Development District is a voluntary association of 56 municipal and sixteen county governments in the mid-east region of Tennessee. The Tennessee Development District is an association of all nine districts throughout the state.

  • Medicare enrollment help offered

    The National Open Enrollment period for Medicare is under way through Dec. 7 and impacts more than 1.2 beneficiaries in Tennessee.

    Most of these beneficiaries will also be impacted by changes that are being made to their Medicare benefits, said Jim Shulman, executive director of Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

  • Church pianist remembered with a special scholarship

    A scholarship in memory of Marie Guinn, former pianist of Liberty Baptist Church, Lawnville Road, Kingston, will be helping a church member attend college.

    Family members said Isaac Allen, a youth at the church Guinn devotedly attended, was selected. The youth is one of six children in his family.

    The family of Guinn, who passed away Aug. 19, 2011, wanted to honor her memory in some way, and decided to do a scholarship.

  • Annual campaign gives to needy kids

    It’s time once again to fill shoe boxes with small gifts to be collected and sent all around the world to needy children.

    Roane County’s collection week for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 12-18.

    Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization run by Franklin Graham.

    Missionary Bob Pierce began the program in 1970, and Graham took it over in 1978.

  • Folks step up for teachers

    With a little more than a week remaining before teachers would be picking up supplies at Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Teachers Supply Closet, less than a third of the goal for donations had been received.

    It was time to sound the alarm to make things happen if the Closet was going to be successful.

    Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance, responded with an email to businesses and media sources.

  • Roane State Community College graduates: Summer 2012

    A number of Roane State Community College students from Roane County graduated following summer semester.

    Graduating cum laude with a 3.69-3.5 grade-point average were Kelli Reed of Harriman, Jared King and Samuel Stephenson, both of Kingston.

    Other graduates from Roane County are:

    Harriman — Amber Butcher, Cedric Clinkscales, Lavoisier Gadsden-Gilliard, Kayla Gibson, Will Maines and Lindsey Walkup.