Today's News


    When Marilyn Maines observed honey bees going in and out of the side of her house in Kingston she was concerned about removing the bees and closing the entrance in the cedar siding.

    Contacts on social media suggested that she contact one of Roane County’s best known beekeepers, County Executive Ron Woody.

    “They call him the ‘bee whisperer,’” she said.

    Woody, who does most of his beekeeping with both feet on the ground, surveyed the entrance to the hive – about 20 feet above the ground.

  • Law gives Kingston metro option

    The state legislature this week passed a bill related to metro government that could have important implications for Roane County.

    Senate Bill 1363, introduced by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, and House Bill 1357, introduced by state Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, passed with no opposition.

    The bill will become law upon signing by Gov. Bill Lee.

  • Loudon fire raises concerns

    Fire is something that causes anxiety for those charged with preserving the history of the old Roane County Courthouse.

    “There would be a lot of lost history if that was to happen,” said County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson, who also serves on the Heritage Commission board.

    “It’s always a big concern that we’ve had through the years,” County Historian Robert Bailey said.

    “Even though it’s been there since 1854, we’ve just been very fortunate.”

  • Loudon fire won’t impact Roane court actions

    The courthouse in neighboring Loudon County caught on fire Tuesday.

    The building, which was home to civil, circuit, criminal, chancery and child support courts, is believed to be a total loss.

    “I’m not a structural person, but there’s not much left of that courthouse,” Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton said.

    The fire forced officials in the Ninth Judicial District to come up with another place to hold court in Loudon County.

  • Rockwood moves forward with fire truck purchase

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council approved a resolution to allow Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for a new fire truck.

    Council originally approved the purchase last year and approved entering into the agreement last month.

    However, Leasing 2 Inc., the company providing the fire truck, asked that council approve a resolution authorizing Miller to enter negotiations.

    The truck, a Sutphen Custom SP70 Aerial Fire Truck or ladder truck, will cost roughly $397,764.16 in financing.

  • County waiting on engineering report before starting road work

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he’s waiting to hear from engineers before starting the road projects prompted by February’s heavy rains.

    “We’re waiting for the engineers to give us a report,” he said Monday.

    “They’ve done the core drilling. We’re waiting on them to give us a report on Riggs Chapel Road, Airport Road, Bowman Bend and Bullard Ford.”

  • Brown sees parole denied

    A hearings officer with the Tennessee Board of Parole is recommending Henry Nicholas Brown be denied parole at this time.

    “These are very serious felonies,” Angela Swanson told Brown during his parole hearing Monday morning. “You hit a police officer causing him serious injury.”

    Brown pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court last year to aggravated assault, evading arrest and reckless endangerment. The crimes happened on Aug. 6, 2017, when Brown was stopped by then Kingston Police Department Sgt. Jerry Singleton.

  • Pair charged in meth case

    An investigation into a suspicious vehicle resulted in meth charges on Monday.

    Carl L. Collins and Jessica L. Gomez are charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, Rockwood Patrolman Charles Crothers and Sgt. Jared Hall responded to an apartment on South Gateway Ave., for a suspicious vehicle.

  • Rockwood goes private with trash pickup

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council voted Monday to accept a bid from Waste Connections to provide garbage pick-up service for the city.

    The service is expected to start in July, at the start of the new fiscal year. Waste Connections was one of two companies to submit a bid for the service.

    Their bid of $10.15 per customer was the lowest bid.

    Under the bid, residents must provide their own trash cans.