Today's News

  • OUT TO LUNCH: Going out to Mike’s Smokehouse BBQ a tasty venture

    By Bethel Poston, For Roane Newspapers

  • Williams gets promotion at Roane Alliance

    Darrell Williams has been named director of business development for The Roane Alliance.
    “Williams has only been with the Alliance for seven months, but he has proven to be a valuable employee for a whole range of reasons — not the least of which is his sales skills,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Alliance.
    “In this new slot, he will begin to use those skills to recruit new businesses — to town, as well as to continue to build up and serve membership for the Roane Chamber.”

  • Concert benefits RSCC music dept.

    Singer-songwriter Travis Singleton will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 in the theatre on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.
    Admission is $8, and a portion of ticket sales will benefit the college’s music department.
    Tickets can be purchased at the door.
    Singleton is an acoustic pop artist who, according to his website, features a “crystalline croon that smoothes out the rough edges of his spiky, unplugged riffs.”
    For more information about Singleton, visit www.travissingleton.com.

  • United Way sets $400,000 goal

    The Roane County United Way will kick off its 2010-11 campaign on Sept. 22 with a free hot dog lunch at the new Kingston City Park pavilion.
    A goal of $400,000 has been set for the 2010-11 campaign. “Make a Difference — Give United” is the theme for this year’s campaign.
    The kick off will begin at 11:30 a.m.; the program will start about noon.

  • Arrests imminent in pot-growing operation

    Authorities said Friday arrests were pending in relation to a marijuana-growing operation discovered last week east of Kingston.
    “They may get arrested over the weekend,” said Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes of two people suspected of growing marijuana at 2078 Lawnville Road.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency went to the farm to look for some deer feeders and stumbled upon marijuana plants.
    “When they found it, they let us know,” Stockton said.

  • Rabid fox killed in East Roane

    A rabid fox was killed by a Roane County resident on Aug. 30.
    Bill Newman said he was at his home on Tucker Lane in East Roane County when he heard a noise out back.
    “I walked out on my patio, and there was a fox about nose-to-nose with my black Lab,” he said. “I went back inside to get a rifle because it was very unusual.”
    Newman said he called for the dog, Ebony, when he got back outside.

  • Sign of things to come in Rockwood

    Roane County residents got the sign last week they were waiting for — the official signs at Rockwood’s Roane County Center designating one of its anchor stores as a Big Lots discount retailer.

    Officials with the Columbus, Ohio-based discount department store chain estimate the Rockwood store will open for customers on Oct. 29, just in time for Roane Countians to get in some holiday shopping without straying far from home.

  • DA opens review on Kirkham request

    Accusations about impropriety on the part of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham were apparently serious enough to spark an investigation by District Attorney General Russell Johnson.
    County Attorney Tom McFarland told Kirkham in a letter last week that she was out of line for requesting raises for the five-member County Board of Equalization.  

  • Giant-scale radio-control plane meet this weekend

    The Tennessee Eagles Radio Control Club will have a giant-scale radio-control model airplane meet Sept. 11-12 on the Harriman field.
    The Sunday show will be open flying; everyone, regardless of the size of the plane, will be able to participate.
    Giant-scale planes are required to have a wingspan of 80 inches for monoplanes, 60 inches for biplanes, or be 1/4 scale.
    Admission and parking are free. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

  • Store fined for underage sales

    Harriman Beer Board divvied out a $1,500 fine to a convenience store that has been repeatedly busted for selling to minors in police stings.
    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said a clerk at Lee’s Food Market No. 5 sold to an underage undercover officer on Aug. 13. The clerk, Wanda Davis, was cited, and store representatives said she has been terminated.
    “The last sting we did in August, [Lee’s] was the only one that failed,” Heidle said.