Today's News

  • McFarland turns to PR firm in race

    Tom McFarland has retained the services of a Chattanooga public relations firm to assist him in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    When the Roane County News attempted to contact McFarland last week, Robin Smith of SmithWaterhouse responded on his behalf.  

    “Mr. McFarland has requested that any inquiries on behalf of the Roane County News be directed to me,” Smith said by email.

  • Backpacks help feed hungry kids

    Many Roane County school children go home each weekend during the school year with a backpack full of foods.

    That’s thanks to a Second Harvest of East Tennessee program and the donations of local organizations and people, like Kingston dentist James Walmsley.

    “For me, with having three kids of our own, the thought of having to see my kid be hungry, or if they ask for something and not having it, that just breaks my heart,” said Shannon Walmsley, the office manager and wife of the dentist.

  • Roane County E-911: June Dispatches
  • Arrests: June 25-July 1, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    June 25 — Kerry Duane Langley, 43, 235 Sycamore Drive, Harriman: failure to appear. Bond $1,000; court date July 28.

    June 26 — Nakeeia Andrea Braithwaite, 27, 404 Necher Ave., Staten Island, N.Y.: simple possession or casual exchange, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft, counterfeiting. Total bond $25,000; court date Aug. 18.

  • Property transfers: Feb. 18-24, 2014

    Feb. 18 ― From Gerald R. Hamilton and Kim Hamilton to Gerald R. Hamilton by quit-claim deed, Dist. 1, Ponderosa subdivision, Lot 6, $0.

    • From Robert Dogul and Sharon Dogul to Chester Douglas by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Rarity Ridge, Lot 324, Phase 5, $4,000.

    • From Joel E. Jordan, Georgia K. Gruszka and Joseph W. Branham to Green Tree Servicing LLC by trustee’s deed, Dist. 1, 0.36 acres, Happy Top Road, $37,503.89.

  • Fowler new to Rockwood Methodist

    Rockwood United Methodist Church welcomes the Rev. Bill Fowler to its pulpit.

    Appointed to the church by the Bishop and Cabinet of the Holston Annual Conference, Fowler assumed pastoral, preaching and administrative duties on July 1.

    Fowler will emphasize preaching, teaching, pastoring and church administration.

    “Hopefully, all of us will follow the Lord’s leadership as the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to possibilities for witness and service in the Kingdom of God through Rockwood UMC,” he said.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... to Alaska

    The Roane County News made its first foray to The Last Frontier when it went to Juneau, Alaska, in May with, from left, Billy White of Kingston, Stanley Leffew of Harriman and Edward Johnson of Oakdale.

    The East Tennesseans pose in front of Mendenhall Glacier, a mountain glacier about 12 miles long in Mendenhall Valley.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Babahatchie concert to close out holiday weekend

    Babahatchie Community Band will close out the holiday weekend with a free concert at 7 p.m. July 6 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    The national anthem will be followed by “The Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.

    “This fun march was written for Sousa’s unfinished operetta, ‘The Devil’s Deputy,’” said Alison Westrich of Babahatchie Community Band. “It wasn’t originally named ‘The Liberty Bell,’ but his wife and band manager suggested the title, and it stuck.”

  • Kingston knocked out of AA tourney


    Kingston’s hopes of winning the Dixie Youth AA State Tournament came to an end Friday morning as the Jackets dropped a 12-6 decision against Crockett County.

    The loss was Kingston’s second of the tourney as they dropped a 17-12 decision against Signal Mountain during opening round play on Thursday.

  • Area teams fall in Dixie Youth A state tourney

     The Harriman All-Stars and Rockwood All-Stars both competed in last week’s Dixie Youth A State Tournament in Rockwood, but neither would come away with the tournament’s championship.