Today's News

  • Father-son look-alike contest deadline set

    There’s still time to get your photos in for this year’s Roane County News father-son look-alike contest.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards.
    The winning look-alike father and son will each receive a $50 gift card.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the father and son, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.
    Deadline to get photos in for the father-son contest is Monday, June 11, by 5 p.m.

  • County Democrat meeting set

    The Roane County Democratic Party executive committee meeting will be held at Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters  at 108 Court St. in Kingston on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
    These meetings, held on the second Thursday of each month, are open to all Roane County Democrats.
    Members of the executive committee who are unable to attend should contact Kat Moore or Bob Cowan.
    Also, Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters is open for business with the following regular hours:

  • Haslam signs off on grocery tax cut

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam traveled to Marion County this week to sign legislation to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.5 percent to 5.25 percent.
    Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing at the locally- and independently owned Smith Bros. Grocery in Whitwell.

  • Kingston hosting two triathlons

    Roane County is the perfect place for many athletic events, so it is no wonder that last year’s inaugural Storm the Fort Triathlon has now led to an additional event to be held this Saturday — Smokin’ the Water Sprint Triathlon. 
    Pam May with The Roane Alliance could not be happier. 
    “These types of sporting events help Roane County become a greener and more sustainable community, something that The Alliance has been working hard to get,” said May.

  • For old time’s sake
  • GUEST OPINIONG: Judge’s Facebook ruling flawed

    First Amendment Center
    I “like” the First Amendment.

    And Bruce Springsteen. And the Chicago White Sox.

    In fact, you’ll find my “likes” on Facebook pages devoted to news, sports and music.

    All along, I’ve believed I was sharing my positive opinion of the people and organizations behind these pages. But now comes a federal court saying that clicking on the “like” button is not free speech after all.

  • Once again, suicide plays out in the news

    In one of these columns some months ago, we explained why the suicide of a local woman was not mentioned — outside of a simple obituary — in this newspaper.

    In contrast, last week a case of suicide was splashed prominently across the top of the front page of our June 1 edition.

    Why the difference?

    The suicide of J.T. Woods was big news for a number of reasons.

    Primarily, it was news because Woods was a public figure, a man running for the office of property assessor.

  • Chiming in


  • Area soil district secretary charged with stealing more than $53,000

    An administrative secretary used a variety of schemes to steal at least $53,412.78 from the Morgan County Soil Conservation District, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit has revealed.

    The administrative secretary, Sharlene Justice, forged signatures of the district board’s chairman on checks and timesheets dating back at least to 2008.

    The administrative secretary wrote checks to herself and to family members.

  • Narramore's chasing down a dream

    Not many people get a chance to play sports for a living, but Kingston’s Chas Narramore is making a living playing golf as the former Yellow Jacket great is working his way through the ranks in his fourth season as a professional, currently playing in the National Golf Association’s (NGA) Hooters Tour.