Today's News

  • Lawyers cited for free work

    Roane County attorneys Dick Evans and Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson were recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association for their pro bono work in 2012.

    Pro bono legal services are done for free.

    “It’s something you ought to be doing anyway,” Evans said. “I like helping people out.”

    Evans and McPherson have law offices in Kingston.

  • Hughes makes a splash for Midway

    Midway High School doesn’t officially have a swim team.

  • Mt. Pisgah picks up sweep

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots  picked up a pair of wins last Tuesday against Tennessee Christian Prep.

    The Lady Patriots needed overtime to pick up a 45-37 victory while the Patriot boys cruised to a 51-33 victory.

  • Mattox honored by Roane State

    Bernadette Mattox, a star basketball player at Roane State Community College in the 1970s who has had a ground-breaking and successful coaching career, was honored at the Jan. 26 basketball games for her induction into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

  • Lady Jackets fall in Area 4-AAA title game

    Thursday night was a good news, bad news type of night for the Cherokee Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets at the Area 4-AAA Tournament at Cleveland Middle School.

  • Man in trouble again at Bowers

    Staying away from Bowers Elementary School is becoming a problem for Jim Estes. The 47-year-old was arrested this week for violating an order of protection.
    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the order prohibits Estes from having contact with his son, a student at Bowers, except for supervised visits.
    The report said his son was sitting on the floor in the lunchroom when Estes showed up at the school on Tuesday.

  • Deputy awarded Medal of Valor

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith has no idea what the water temperature was at 5 a.m. on Nov. 18. 
     “I just know it was cold, very cold.” he said
    The chill didn’t stop him from entering Watts Bar Lake to help a man who drove his car into the water.
    “That was just my initial reaction,” Smith said. “Go in and try to save the guy.”
    The man was saved, and Smith was recently honored for his heroic efforts.

  • New hospital ready to open

    Roane Medical Center’s new Midtown facility is almost ready to open. The finishing touches are being put on the state-of-the-art medical complex.
    “We move patients on Feb. 17. It is on a Sunday morning bright and early,” said Gaye Jolly, Roane Medical Center administrator.
    Before then, the hospital will have a public open house on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The celebration will include remarks from Tony Spezia, Covenant Health president and chief executive officer, as well as Jolly.


    Mark Anthony Ferguson, the man charged with domestic assault for allegedly attacking his grandmother, lived at 380 Allison Drive, Harriman. A front-page story that appeared in the Jan. 21 edition incorrectly stated his address.

  • ETSU graduates: Fall 2012

    Six East Tennessee State University  students from Roane County were among the recipients of the 1,400 degrees awarded in two fall commencement ceremonies on the Johnson City campus.

    They are:

    Harriman — Jason H. Eble, doctorate, physical therapy; and Cydnie M. Strahan, bachelor’s degree, criminal justice and criminology.

    Kingston — Kyle B. Canup, bachelor’s degree, criminal justice and criminology; and Ryan A. Mullins, master’s degree  technology.