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Today's News

  • Nice Catch
  • Lady Jackets stop Scott

    Despite a sluggish start, the Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team "slugged" the Scott Lady Highlanders 6-0 Monday afternoon. 

  • Cherokee wins Clinch Valley title with shutout

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets saved their best till last Saturday night as Brian Pankey’s squad capped off a perfect 9-0 season with a 38-0 victory over Rockwood in the Clinch Valley Conference large division championship game. 

  • Insurance agent 'person of interest' in homicide investigation

    A Knoxville insurance agent is a “person of interest” in the homicide investigation of a 23-year-old woman found dead in Roane County.
    Brooke Morris’ body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Saturday around 8 p.m. Shortly afterward, authorities issued a “be-on-the-lookout” alert for a suspect, identified in dispatch records as Shawn Smoot of Knoxville.
    “We know he has had associations with her in the past,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The sheriff said Smoot was questioned over the weekend and released.
    “He is a person of interest,” Stockton said.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 4 – Thomas Jason Aslinger, 32, 364 Half Moon Road, Oliver Springs: assault. Bond $1,000; court date Nov. 28.

    Jason Scott Babb, 37, 429 White Wing Road, Lenoir City: dom/12 hour and condition waived due to occur date; and after trial mitt. Total bond $1,000; no court date listed.

  • MATCH gets national kudos for Ridgeview

    The Modified Assertive Community Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless program Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center Inc. is one of 11 nationwide winners of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2011 Service to Service Award.

    Ridgeview, a provider of mental health and substance abuse services for Roane County and four other East Tennessee counties, represented the only Southeastern state awarded this distinction and was the sole winner nationwide in the Co-Occurring category.

  • ORNL tank to go out

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR) is in the midst of offsite shipments of soils excavated from around an underground waste tank at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    This removal action is being performed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and will eliminate a known source of contaminants being released to the groundwater.

    The action includes excavation of Tank W-1A and 355 cubic yards of soil and associated secondary waste. The soils are being packaged in lead-lined boxes and shipped off site for disposal.

  • Volunteer Energy’s helping hand

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share board member Alton Lingerfelt presented a $1,000 grant check to L.K. “Butch” Barding of the South Roane Volunteer Fire Department. VECustomers Share is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering VEC’s 17-county service area, including Roane County’s South of the River area.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Cookie Jar adventure a resounding success

     

    One morning as we left the Roane State Fitness Center, Jim and Mae Grasham told me I needed to write an “Out to Lunch” article on the Cookie Jar Café.

    “We went last week with two other couples, and the food was really good,” Jim said. “Be sure to save room for the homemade coconut cream pie.”

  • ‘Major’ industry eyeing Roane site

    According to a resolution on Roane County Commission’s tentative agenda, a major industry is finalizing plans to construct a distribution facility in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who submitted the resolution, would not disclose the identity of the industry.

    The county commission meets today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at 7 p.m.

    The resolution is to apply for an industrial access road grant to service the unnamed industry.