Today's News

  • Yager to have grant conference Thursday

    State Sen. Ken Yager will have his second annual free grant conference this week.

    The conference’s purpose is to improve the opportunities for citizens, organizations and governments to find and tap into a wide variety of grant funds available to them.

    The conference will be Sept. 4 in the O’Brien Theatre on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

  • Bethel fall fest helps public agencies

    Three area public agencies will benefit from Bethel Presbyterian Church’s annual fall festival.

    Proceeds from festival, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the church at 203 S. Kentucky St., Kingston, will go to the Michael Dunn Center, Second Harvest Food Bank’s backpack program and Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior nutrition program.

    Attractions include a $5 breakfast, entertainment, children’s games, a petting zoo, horse rides and lunch, including homemade fried apple pies for dessert.

  • THP checkpoints slated in Roane

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct a number of checkpoints on Roane County roads in September.

    Two driver’s license roadside safety checkpoints are planned. The first will be during the week of Sept. 7 at Pansy Hill and Swan Pond roads.

    The second one will be during the week of Sept. 14 on Fiske Heights Road east of the railroad tracks.

    A sobriety roadside checkpoint is planned for the week of Sept. 21 at Pansy Hill and Swan Pond roads.

  • General Sessions Court: April 14-17, 2014

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

    April 14 — Jeramie K. Clayton, simple possession/casual exchange: guilty; amended to possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities.

    • Whitney A. Brackins, two counts probation violation: guilty.

    • Nicholas J. Hawn, probation violation: guilty.

  • Arrests: Aug. 21-25, 2014

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

    Aug. 21 — Shella Ann Epling, 54, 299 Hobson Road, Kingston: DUI. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 27.

    • Charles Nicholas Lee, 22, 132 Lee Road, Harriman: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 20.

    • Kenny Lee Ariks, 29, 2618 Kingston Hwy., Kingston: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $2,000; court date Nov. 3.

  • Borrowed robes for Pemberton

    New Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has yet to be fitted for a robe, but don’t expect him to take the bench this week without the traditional judge’s garb.

    “I’ve been so busy, but I’m going to wear my father-in-law’s until I have time,” he said.

    Pemberton’s father-in-law is retired judge James “Buddy” Scott. They can share the robe now after Pemberton’s swearing-in on Sunday.

    “I’m really looking forward to it,” Pemberton said, about serving as judge.

  • Sincerely sworn, despite omission

    District 4 Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley’s oath of office on Sunday was a little different than others during the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse.

    Kelley, an atheist, only uttered “So help me,” where others ended their oaths with “So help me God.”

    “It’s just tradition,” Kelley said. “It doesn’t mean anything, because people swear to God and lie all the time.”

  • Stewart sidelined for now

    For a short time, Sarah Stewart appeared to be one of the officials taking office this week.

    Voting totals handed out on election night showed her winning the race for Roane County circuit court clerk by about 200 votes. Unbeknownst at the time, those totals didn’t include all the votes cast in the Aug. 7 election.

  • Hooray for cotton candy
  • Rockwood going after run-down homes

    Residents in Rockwood have issued a call to deal with dilapidated buildings.

    Rockwood officials have responded with a stronger stance, going to court on a case-by-case basis to get something done.

    First on the list is 526 W. Rockwood St., known as the Valentine House.

    “This is long overdue,” said Councilman Mike Freeman. “This house is an eyesore and is a dangerous place.”