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Today's News

  • The Garden Gate: It’s apple season all around the world

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    It is almost automatic to think of apples and cider when the crisp days of fall arrive, but how about pears and perry?

    Perry is pear cider, and very good it is.

    Pears have a venerable history which goes back for about 40 centuries.

    Originating in western Asia and around the Caspian Sea, they have been known for many centuries in Europe for as far back as the Stone Age.

  • Travis Ross King

    Travis Ross King will celebrate his first birthday on Oct. 21.

    He is the son of Ross and Cyndell King of Paint Rock.

    Grandparents are Marty and Teresa Roberts of Paint Rock, April and Steven Pelfrey of Paint Rock, Debbie King of Kingston and the late Eddie King.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Oct. 19

    25 Years Ago
    A Chattanooga pilot was killed in a plane crash soon after giving a flying lesson out of Rockwood Municipal Airport. The wreckage was discovered on Mount Roosevelt near the airport, about a half-mile off Airport Road. After dropping his student off at the airport, a witness saw the plane circle around over some trees and come back over the airport hangar “real low.”

    10 Years Ago

  • U.S. turned own guns against WWI vets in 1932

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    The “Occupy Wall Street” movement and its rapidly spreading urban echoes are — like the Tea Party movement — grand examples of Americans using at least two of our lesser-known First Amendment freedoms: assembly and petition.

    Regardless of how you feel about either or both movements, they are the latest examples of the role of protest in American politics and society. In the history of protest, there are both lessons to be learned and mistakes to be avoided.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Tri-weeklies are weird animals in news business

    Roane County News publishes three times a week — on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when the post office delivers it to subscribers.

    However, except when holidays alter our schedules, we actually print those newspapers on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, when you can find the latest editions in stores and newsstands.

    For people who are used to the schedules of a daily or once-a-week newspaper, tri-weeklies and the demands of their publishing schedules can be confusing.

  • Tidwell leaving a legacy of success

    After years of helping Harriman navigate bureaucratic red tape, Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell will be retiring at the end of December.

    “I’m tired,” Tidwell said. “It’s not anything to do with anybody or anything.

    Tidwell has snowy hair, but with his exuberance and friendly penchant for talking, he hardly looks his age.

    Tidwell spent years in the government sector including in public works at Rockwood and at the Harriman City School System.

  • 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.