Today's News

  • Roane Dems set up in Oak Ridge

    Roane County Democrats Pat Row, left, and Ann Mostoller staff a temporary field office in Oak Ridge’s Big Turtle Park. The field office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday until the Nov. 6 general election. The Roane County Democratic Party invites Oak Ridge residents of Roane County to stop by the blue tent in Big Turtle Park for campaign materials, including bumper stickers and yard signs, for all the Democratic candidates running for election in November.

  • All this, and a subscription, too

    Shelia Whittenbarger of Harriman shows off the prize she won after registering for a four-week free subscription to the Roane County News at the newspaper’s booth during the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival.

  • Water works

    Cullen Flanagan from Midtown Elementary School starts out solemn but flashes a smile as she swims to the rope during Roane County Special Olympics’ swim meet in the pool at Oak Ridge Recreation Center on Friday.

    Briley Goad from Midtown Elementary School is helped along by her coach during the swim meet.

  • All about that bass

    A lone fisherman looks for bass in Caney Creek in Midtown on Thursday afternoon.

  • Program offers to fund preschoolers raised by elderly

    A new Kingston United Methodist Church program is aimed at helping those so often forgotten about when looking at the devastation caused by the opioid crisis.

    The church is offering 10 scholarships to their pre-school program for children removed from their homes because of opioid addiction and being raised now by elderly caregivers such as grandparents and great-grandparents.

  • Harriman’s higher court costs may be finalized Tues.

    Harriman City Council will consider raising the court costs from $85 to $150 for second and final reading at the 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    The Council approved first reading of an ordinance to make the change earlier this month. Mayor Wayne Best first suggested the $150 mark after the Council discussed how the county is $252 for Roane County General Sessions for speeding tickets and similar cases.

    “We aren’t out to make money in court,” Best said.

  • TVA assisting in Florence aftermath

    TVA last week said it prepared for increased water flow while also sending help to other Southern power companies that were expected to be overwhelmed by damage from Hurricane Florence.

    “We’re moving water downstream in advance of the storm and sending crews to help with the recovery efforts,” TVA spokesman Scott Fiedler said.

    TVA and Duke Energy have a mutual assistance agreement to provide manpower and equipment support in response to severe weather or other significant events.

  • ElderWatch to offer session on Medicare

    Roane County ElderWatch will be sponsoring a free educational program on the basics of Medicare on Thursday.

    The program will be from 8 a.m. to 2:45 a.m. at Kingston First Baptist Church family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St.

    The program is ideal for those who have questions about Medicare or are turning 65 years of age, retiring, or in need of a Medicare drug coverage plan.

    Information will be presented on Medicare, the do’s and don’ts of insurance agents, Social Security changes, and elder law and estate planning essentials.

  • Black Creek Road track fix took days, not hours

    The work at the railroad crossing at Black Creek Road took longer than expected.

    Jonathan Glass, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern railroad, said the work was scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. and expected to take three hours to complete. However, the crew was still working at 3:15 p.m. that day.

    “Tie and surfacing gang need track time to do the crossing work,” Glass said via email Tuesday. “Monday was a very busy day for train traffic through that area, and the gang did not get as much time as they had hoped.”

  • Man found in river ID’d

    Authorities identified the man found floating in the Emory River last week as 33-year-old Wayne Alexander Ruppe of Oakdale.

    “So far it doesn’t appear that there’s any foul play,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Some people out fishing on Sept. 10 saw Ruppe’s body floating face down in the river and called 911.

    Phillips said Friday that the investigation into his death continues.