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Today's News

  • Judge Simmons to retire in 2014

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. announced he’s decided to retire after 23 years.

    “I want to thank the citizens of Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties for the opportunity to serve as your Circuit Court Judge since Sept. 1, 1990. Since I now desire to pursue other interests and spend more time with my family, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2014,” Simmons announced in a statement this week.

  • ’TIS THE SEASON
  • Midtown business corridor proposal

    A request to rezone a significant stretch of land across from Roane County Park from agricultural to commercial was before the Roane County Planning Commission Wednesday.

    The zoning request was pushed off until next month’s planning commission meeting, Dec. 18.

  • Assessor wants to change office computer systems

    Appraisal information for Roane County properties can be found on the state’s real estate assessment data website.

    That could change in the future.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is planning to switch to a different computer system.

    “I foresee us being totally off the state system around March/April of this coming year,” he said.

    Morgan said he’s not happy with the state system.

    “It’s just old and archaic,” he said.

  • Looseleaf laureate: On idealism, cynicism and conspiracy theories

    It has taken decades to realize how much a series of bullets — fired half a century ago by a lone gunman, or maybe not — has impacted the life of one preschooler.

    I was a 5-year-old in hand-me-down dungarees. The knees, judging by most of the pictures from the era, were worn bare.

    I don’t remember ever seeing my mother cry before that day; perhaps that’s why my memory of  President John F. Kennedy’s murder is so vivid.

  • Dotson starvation case hearing set for March

    A new hearing date of March 3, 2014, has been set for the couple accused of starving their son.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are charged with first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Clifford.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton reported the tot weighed only 12 pounds when he died in May 2012. Investigators said a preliminary autopsy indicated the child died of severe malnutrition.

    Matthew Dotson was appointed a new attorney, Kent Booher, in July, after former attorney, Joseph Lodato asked to withdraw from the case.

  • Kingston paving moves forward

    The state highway funds Kingston officials have been looking to expend for well more than a year now appear to be in play.

    City council members authorized the city manager to advertise for paving bids for North Kentucky Street at the Nov. 12 full council session.

  • JFK’s visit to Roane

     

    SUBMITTED PHOTO/Roane Newspapers
    In 1959, U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, facing the camera on the right, came to Roane County to tour TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. The plant, completed in 1955, was a marvel as the largest coal-fired plant in the world and much of its energy powered projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Shown with Kennedy are, from left, former Roane County News editor Paul Page and U.S. Sen. Albert Gore Sr. Kennedy was later elected president, then assassinated 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963.

  • Midway, Coalfield meet with semis on the line

     

    The Midway Green Wave made history last week by winning for the first time ever at Cloudland and advancing to the TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinals for only the fourth time in history.

  • Mt. Pisgah cruises in Kingsport

     

    The Mt. Pisgah Patriots and Lady Patriots made the long trip to Kingsport last week to take on Cedar View. The trip was worth it, however, as the Seahawks were no match for Mt. Pisgah.

    The Lady Patriots took the floor first and rolled to a 54-33 victory. The second game was more of the same as Mt. Pisgah cruised to a 50-34 victory.