Today's News

  • Stockton named to state board

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    “I’ll serve with dignity and honor,” Stockton said. “I think it was an honor to even get offered the position.”

    Stockton said he was appointed by former Gov. Bill Haslam before he left office.

    “I’ve already been sworn in and taken the oath of office,” Stockton said.


    By Richard Evans

    Teachers from Midtown and Bowers elementary schools received trauma informed training on Friday.

    “A trauma informed school is a school that focuses on students who are in our building that come from homes with trauma situations, which will affect their learning and will affect their behavior at school,” said Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown Elementary.

    She said trauma could include divorce, a death in the family or it could be some type of abuse taking place in the home.

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  • Midway beats Rockwood to close out season

    With the Class 1A District 3 postseason looming, the Rockwood Lady Tigers fell to the Midway Lady Waves in a big senior night 48-16 win Friday at Midway High School’s Boyd Woody Gym.

    Tiani Porter quickly put the Lady Tigers on the board with a long jump shot to make the score 2-0.

    It was the last time Rockwood would be in the lead.

    A series of turnovers and fast strikes from the Midway offense led by Rebecca Lemasters, Paige Bacon, and Caitlyn Ross quickly put the Lady Tigers down, 12-2 at the end of the first.


    The entrance gate to the Swan Pond Sports Complex was closed this week.

    It could remain that way come spring.

    “It’s shut down during the winter anyway,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “What we’re trying to do is make sure we get all the sampling done, it get cleared so we can do spring soccer. That’s what everybody’s concerned about, but the only thing we can do is wait till the sampling is done to do that.”

  • Census vital to Roane

    A task force organized by the Office of the County Executive will work to ensure Roane County is properly represented in the upcoming 2020 Census.

    The goal of the Census Complete Count Committee is to make sure a full accounting of all residents is conducted by the April 2020 deadline.

    Getting an accurate account can’t be achieved without local involvement and support, according to Kimberly Smith, Partnership Specialist with the Department of Commerce.

    Smith said the 2020 Census will be very important to Roane County.

  • Kingston speeders beware

    Speeders on Paint Rock Ferry Road have become a concern for the Kingston Police Department.

    “For about a month back in January we wrote over 30 tickets down through there,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

    “I think it was sometime around 10 o’clock one night there was a car going 80 miles an hour,” Washam said. “Even though Paint Rock Ferry is a heavily traveled road, we don’t need speeds like that.”

  • Elvis impersonator comes to Oliver Springs Historical Society

    Elvis impersonator Greg Johnson is performing a “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Valentine’s concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Abston Garage Museum, the headquarters of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Fryd Chicken is also appearing.

    Tickets are $20 a person for VIP seating, which is the first two rows and $10 for general admission, advanced ticket sales only.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Tickets are available at both Harvey’s Furniture Store and from any member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • Kingston says no to beer

    Kingston City Council on Tuesday declined to move forward with an ordinance that would allow sale of beer at city events.

    The issue was raised at a recent council workshop where it was suggested that the new amphitheater at Southwest Point might be a suitable venue for beer sales.

    A motion by Councilwoman Stephanie Wright that would have authorized the city manager and city attorney to draft amendments to ordinances and policies relating to the sale of beer at certain city events did not get a second.

  • Woman in trouble for falsely accusing police

    Shoplifting suspect Christy Dawn Hunter is in more trouble with the law for allegedly making false allegations against the officer who arrested her.

    Hunter was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Monday on one count of filing a false report and one count of retaliation for past action.

    She was arrested on Jan. 6 for allegedly shoplifting at the Walmart in Rockwood. That same day, District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to look into allegations she made against the officer who arrested her.