Today's News

  • Ingram giving back with camp

    Oliver Springs boys basketball coach Tony Ingram has won district titles and been to the TSSAA State Tournament, but one thing he has always wanted to do was host a basketball camp for area kids as a way to give back to the Bobcat community. 

  • Homeless woman finds ‘angels’

    hen a pint-sized young woman approached Kingston First Baptist Church about needing a ride and attending church, it didn’t take long for people to realize she really needed much more.
    Two people in particular stepped up to help Stacy, an affable special-needs woman who had traveled to Tennessee from Mississippi. She was living in a motel when she first went to the Kingston church in late January.
    Jenny Tippens and Stacy Byrd were honored recently for that help by Jim Henry, commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

  • Man dies in truck accident

    Poplar Creek was the site of a fatal truck wreck on Friday.
    The accident happened around 8:30 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James D. Finks was traveling north on Hwy. 327 in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck.
    The truck, according to the THP, drove off the left side of the roadway, striking a guardrail and railroad overpass.
    The truck overturned onto its top into Poplar Creek. The report said it was fully submerged.
    Finks, 53, had an Old Harriman Highway address.

  • Woods suicide after unemployment loss

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and chief appraiser Melvin Moore testified against J.T. Woods at an unemployment hearing the day before Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    According to records released in the case by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Kirkham filed an appeal against the payment of benefits to Woods on May 10.  
    The hearing was held in Knoxville on May 30. An appeals tribunal reviewed the record in the case and determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.

  • They’ve been working on the railroad
  • National Guard ups bonus ante

    The Tennessee Army National Guard this week announced a new bonus policy that went into effect June 5.
    This policy has five different tiers of bonuses ranging from $5,000 all the way up to $15,000 for new enlistees.
    According to Lt. Col. Andy Easterly, Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, the incentives are designed to provide unit commanders the ability to fill critical positions in their units, further enhancing overall readiness.

  • Sights from this past weekend
  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 13

    25 Years Ago
    Ron Coleman became Roane County’s first black elected official when he won his bid for one of three seats on Harriman City Council. Coleman, the top vote-getter in the council race, was named the city’s vice mayor. He said he believes his successful bid for public office was a step in the right direction — that people are trying to change things and start working together and judging people more on their personality than whether they are black or white.

    10 Years Ago

  • Mr. & Mrs. Overall

    Rachel Trent and Aaron Overall were married April 7 at The Park in New Orleans.

    One hundred and fifty guests attended. The groom’s brother’s Chet’s band played for the reception.

    The bride is a graduate of Midway High School and East Tennessee State University. She is a registered nurse with Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Lenoir City.

  • Thomas-Bennett

    Rachel Nicole Thomas of Rockwood and Joseph Carl Bennett of Murfreesboro announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be on June 16 in Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of David and Susan Thomas of Rockwood.

    Her grandparents are Esther Griffin and the late Albert Griffin, and Barbara Thomas and the late Virgil Thomas.

    The prospective groom is the son of David and Sharon Bennett of Murfreesboro.