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Today's News

  • Two Roane County bands state champions

    Two of Roane County’s marching bands can now call themselves state champions.
    Rockwood High School and Harriman High School both entered the U.S. Scholastic Band Association state championship competition.
    Rockwood placed first in Division IIIA, and Harriman placed second in Division IIA.
    So how did Harriman get a championship with a second-place finish?
    “The other band was a Kentucky band, so they aren’t eligible for the Tennessee championship,” Harriman band director Jim Hix said.

  • Accidents make going tough on I-40

    STAFF REPORTS
    Two accidents involving tractor trailers snarled traffic for hours on Interstate 40 Monday.
    One happened in the eastbound lane and the other happened in the westbound lane.  
    The eastbound accident was reported at 1:40 a.m. It occurred near the 354 mile marker. According to an E-911 report, a female driver hit a deer, and her car was in the middle of the interstate. The report said a tractor trailer hit the car and flipped. The upended rig was still on the side of the interstate hours later.  

  • ‘Mayor of Midtown,’ Brownie Ellis, dies

    Brownie Ellis was one of Roane County’s liveliest residents, living a rich life beyond the auctioneering business that so many knew him for.
    The industrious businessman, lovingly known by some as the “mayor of Midtown” died Saturday, Nov. 5, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
    His distant cousin, Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis, said Brownie provided inspiration for his hard work and interest in politics.
    “It has hit me really hard. He was like a third cousin to me, but he was more like a grandfather,” Randy Ellis said.

  • Kingston goes for the green in greenway

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council learned it will have to make a down payment on the Ladd Greenway a little sooner than they’d planned.
    On the other hand, they’ll be getting more greenway than they’d bargained for.

  • United we eat
  • Start a new holiday tradition with a ride on the rails

    Southern Appalachia Railway Museum has an answer for what to do after celebrating the old-time tradition of Thanksgiving:  

    Celebrate the old-time tradition of 1940s-era rail travel.

    The museum will roll out its Secret City Scenic Excursion Train on Nov. 25-26 for one-hour rides through the Manhattan Project K-25 Site and picturesque Poplar Creek Valley of Roane County.

  • Cheer Gifts sought for area seniors

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Office on Aging urges the public to include area senior citizens in their holiday giving this year.

    “As many of us have families to enjoy these festivities with, there are homebound elderly right here in our communities who are sitting in cold homes and isolated from the outside world,” said Amber Jacks, director of Mid-East’s Office on Aging.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    SEPT. 26 CASES DISPOSED

    Crissie Thompason, probation violation. Dismissed.

    Christopher R. Jenkins, probation violation. Guilty.

    Crissie M. Thompson, probation violation. Dismissed.

    William E. Webb, probation violation. Dismissed.

    Robert E. Morris, probation violation. Dismissed.

  • Arrests

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

    Nov. 3 — Eric Glenn Gallaher, 31, 338 Washington Drive, Harriman: revocation of bail. No bond; court date Nov. 14.

    • Joshua Wade Gibson, 22, 128 First St., Rockwood: aggravated burglary and theft $1,000 but less $10,000. No bond; court date Nov. 14.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 3-7:

    From Anthony R. Steele, George Cofer and Judy Cofer to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. by trustee’s deed, Dist. 5, 1.447 acres, Lakemont Drive, $31,500.

    From Terry H. Robbins Jr. and Charity H. Robbins to Terry H. Robbins Jr. Trustee, Charity H. Robbins Trustee and Robbins Family Revocable Living Trust by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, C.M. Rose, Lots 5A, 5B and 6B, $0.