Today's News

  • Undersea class may be one for the record books

    Less than a month remains before Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain leave dry land for the vibrant underwater world at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla.

    Together, they will attempt to break a world record by living underwater for 73 days while taking on a completely unique and exciting endeavor: teaching a class while living in the underwater environment.

    “Jessica and I just got our world record paperwork from Guinness (World Records),” said Cantrell. 

  • Cooley files to dismiss lawsuit against judge

    Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit might not make it to trial. 

    Pat Cooley, the attorney for Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton, filed a motion to dismiss last week. 

    Pemberton defeated McFarland in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. 

    Less than a week after the Roane County results were certified, McFarland filed a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court seeking a judgment declaring the election void. 

  • NO NEW TAXES: County officials say they’re acting on will of the people

    Commissioners say their reluctance to raise taxes the last two budget cycles reflects the will of their constituents. 

    “I think there’s been such an overwhelming response from constituents that most of the commissioners felt compelled to listen,” District 1 Commissioner Ron Berry said. 

    That was heard during last week’s discussions about a 9-cent property tax rate increase for schools and a .25 percent increase in the county’s sales tax rate.   

  • Who’s a superhero? This guy!


    Fifth-grader Mac Simpson recently became a superhero at Midtown Elementary as part of The Move 2 Stand anti-bullying program. Students pledge to not be bullies and to be better friends in the Stars Nashville program. The superhero pledge is part of a kickoff party for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that Midtown is implementing. 

  • Firearms charge gets sex offender 10 years

    Charles Daniel Mullins no longer has his federal case to worry about. 

    That concluded last Wednesday, when U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced him to 10 years on a firearms conviction. 

    The prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. 

    Mullins was convicted of felony attempted rape in Cumberland County in 2005, and is on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry. 

    He’s classified as a violent offender. 

  • Kingston finally OKs agreement for 911 dispatch

    Kingston City Council members seem to have put some longstanding issues to bed at their Sept. 9 council session.

    A pair of votes gave final approval to a pair of measures that had been ongoing sources of contention.

    The first item was a measure to approve a dispatch agreement with the county 911 board.

    A couple of years ago, County 911 Director Mike Hooks had approached local municipalities with a plan to gradually raise their 911 fees over a five-year period. 

  • Schools to get $9,000 from city for taxes

    Harriman will be making an annual payment of about $9,315.90 for the next 10 years to the Roane County school system. 

    It’s a payment necessitated when local communities were told they should have been giving a portion of their mixed drink taxes to the school system. 

    “The repayment of liquor tax does hurt us especially during a time when our TCRS (Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System) payment is costing us so much money,” Mayor Chris Mason said.



    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

  • OUT to LUNCH: Gloria Jean’s has a flair for great southern cuisine

    In our “Out to Lunch” adventures I’ve discovered restaurant locations change management and names.  

  • Victorian Square welcomes its new executive director


    Victorian Square Assisted Living and Memory Care is proud to announce Trudy Smith as new Executive Director.  

    Smith brings 12 years of long-term care experience to the Victorian Square community.