Today's News

  • Last day

    Howie Rose, left, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services, laughs with First Responder Program Coordinator Chris Weddington at Rose’s going-away party Friday.

    Rose is leaving his job of 17 years to accept a position with TVA.

  • Homeless: ‘It can happen so quickly, so easily’

    Homelessness isn’t just a big-city issue.

    Even in rural locales like Roane County, residents are finding themselves on the streets.

    They come from all walks of life. Some dealing with lost jobs. Others deal with mental illness.

    Steven Jackson said he’s living wherever he can in Kingston after losing the one place he did have to stay.

    He was living there without utilities, a violation of Kingston city ordinances.

  • Shrine paper sale starts next week

    Jon Loden, left, owner of Loden’s Auto Body Center in Kingston, makes a $1,000 donation to help kick off the annual Shrine Paper Sale fund drive for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Roy Ford accepts the donation.

    The paper sale will be May 13-18, with a road block planned for May 19

    “Noble Loden has given generously every year,” Ford said. “When you see the men with the red fezzes, please help. In the past, the people of Roane County have been very generous.”

  • Mom accused of giving booze to minors

    An Oak Ridge woman faces four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing her son and his friends alcohol.

    Misti Dawn Butler, 38, was arrested by Oak Ridge police on April 30.

    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court in June.

    According to the warrant, a therapist told Craig Jordan that his son admitted to drinking while at Butler’s house for spring break.

    The warrant said Jordan became suspicious and checked his son’s phone.

  • Roane jobless rate up slightly in March

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up a bit for March, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The rate, at 8.1 percent, is 0.2 percent higher than in February. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.6 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,210 workers in Roane County’s 27,430 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Hwy. 27 northbound lane closed for repairs

    The northbound lane of Hwy. 27 north of Harriman toward Wartburg will remain closed until mid-week for a maintenance project.

    “They are performing slope repair and stabilization utilizing soil nails,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 1.

    Nagi said work is estimated to be completed on May 8.

    The northbound lane will remain closed until then.

  • Patient airlifted from Midtown crash site

    Lifestar medical helicopter made an emergency landing on Roane State Hwy. in Midtown Friday morning in response to three-car chain-reaction wreck at the intersection of Ruritan Road.

    A patient was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of injuries from the crash. Neither the person’s identity nor the extent of injuries were known at press time.

    According to reports, a green SUV and GMC Terrain were stopped at the traffic light when a Toyota Tundra crashed into the back of the green SUV.

  • Free canning class offered

    Rocky Top General Store is known for its rustic and nostalgic pieces, and comments from customers about the Harriman business’ canning products has inspired a class on the classic Southern method of preserving food.

    “We just had so many people coming in that wanted to learn how to can and don’t know how,” said Debbie Mee of Rocky Top General Store.

    Mee said the free class will be June 8.

    A University of Tennessee Extension agent will be providing the class, which will be informational.

  • Three honored with Silver Star Awards

    Renaissance Terrace of Harriman recently honored three people during its inaugural Silver Star Awards Gala.

    The honorees were Amber Jacks of Mid-East Community Action Agency and two caregivers, Houston Wallace and  Bonnie Stizler, both of whom were elected by their peers and voted on by their superiors.

    The caregivers were honored for setting the bar for care and consistently delivering stellar performances.

  • Clay marks 20 years at accounting firm

    Suzanne Clay recently celebrated more than 20 years of service with Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C., an accounting firm headquartered in Kingston.

    “We are extremely proud of Suzie’s years of service,” said Keith Uselton, president of Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C. “She is extremely knowledgable about financial and tax issues and is a true asset to our clients and firm.”