Today's News

  • Woods marks 94th birthday

    Hazel Ellis Woods, far right, celebrated her 94th birthday with 56 family members and friends on Aug. 2 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Boyd Woody.

    Among the guests were her three surviving siblings from a family of 10 children.

    The siblings include, from left, Lillie Glavich, 92, of Dade City, Fla.; C.V. Terry, 84, of Clinton; J.B. Terry, 90, of Huntsville; and Woods.

  • General Sessions Court: April 11, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 11 —  Louis Meeks, duty to render and give information: dismissed.

    • Bridget Garrett, registration expired: dismissed.

    • Daniel Ferrell, speeding: guilty; traffic ticket paid in full.

    • John Breeden, speeding: guilty, cost to defendant.

    • Joshua Wright, seat belt 18 and older: guilty.

  • Arrests: Aug. 15-20, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Aug. 15 — Steven Dewayne Abston, 58, 222 Tacoa Circle, Rockwood: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 20.

    • Marcus Quentin Bush, 24, 4741 Berridge Lane, Dallas: fugitive from justice. Bond $500,000; court date Oct. 6.

    • Donnie Lee Surber, 44, 242 Douglas Lane, Clinton: violation of order of protection. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 29.

  • Kingston paving project will be done mostly after dark

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling gave updates on a couple of ongoing projects at Kingston’s latest city council work session on Aug. 5.

    One involved the Gallaher Road sewer line, enabled by a federal grant and loan program. It is “for all intents and purposes, done,” Bolling said.

    The latest phase of that project involved expanding sewer line capacity at Paint Rock and Gallaher Road. Bolling said all that remains to finish the project is about 20 “punch list” items, which are “mostly cosmetic things.”

  • $500,000 voting-machine bill?

    The need for election accountability may cost Roane Countians big — as much as $500,000.

    And that’s with the state chipping in.

    An election paper trail means Roane County could have to purchase new voting machines in the next few years. Even with the state chipping in, Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway estimated the cost for the county could run as high as $500,000.

  • Landfill seepage being addressed by county officials

    Issues continue to arise with the old landfill in Midtown, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    “The old Roane County Landfill is in post-closure and for several years has had small localized seeps along with occasional landfill gas issues,” TDEC spokeswoman Kelly Brockman said. “This has caused final-cover grass to die in spots.”

    Brockman said the state has asked Roane County to install vent pipes and cover the seeps with plastic when it rains.

  • Petition at Walmart gets too few signers to allow sales of wine

    A measure to allow wine sales in grocery stores won’t be on the ballot for Rockwood voters in November.

    That means there will be no wine sales at Walmart.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the retail giant led a late push to get the measure on the ballot, but couldn’t get enough qualifying signatures by the Aug. 21 deadline.

  • Midway Middle drops Monday night game, 34-12

    Jacksboro QB Zach Sulphridge tossed four touchdowns in leading the visiting Eagles to a 34-12 victory in a rare Monday evening contest at Midway.

    Sulphridge’s big night started late in the first quarter when he tossed a 13-yard scoring pass to Christian Shouse on the final play of the opening period.

    Sulphridge added the conversion pass to give the Eagles and 8-0 lead entering the second quarter.

    Sulphridge had set up the score with a 25-yard pass to Drew Jordan.

  • County looks at sales tax for revenue

    An increase in the Local Option Sales Tax sparked a lot of discussion during a Roane County Commission workshop on Thursday at the courthouse. The current rate is 2.5 percent. It is eligible to go to 2.75 percent. 

    Commissioner Bobby Collier said the increase could help alleviate some of the funding woes facing the school system.

    “I’m going to support that,” he said. “It just makes good sense to me.”