Today's News

  • March Madness coming to Roane State


    March Madness is one the best time of the year for basketball fans. This season, college basketball fans in Roane County will get the opportunity to experience some of March Madness beginning Tuesday as Roane State Community College will play host to the 2014 TCCAA Region VII Basketball Tournament. 

  • Arrests: Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 31 — Christopher James Yarnell, 24, 1342 Mountain View Road, Rockwood: theft $500 but less than $1,000. Bond $1,250; court date Oct. 28.

    Sept. 1 — Jeremy Elliott Brackett, 39, 507 W. Eblen St., Rockwood: third-offense failure to appear. No bond listed; court date Oct. 7.

  • Arrests: Sept. 15-25, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 15 — Justin Kyle Thoma Golden, 22, 681 Johnson Road, Oliver Springs: failure to appear. Bond $38,000; court date Sept. 30.

    • Whitney Genea Howell, 3572 Oak Ranch Circle, Knoxville: aggravated burglary, domestic assault. Total bond $5,000; court date Nov. 18.

  • Arrests: Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Sept. 25 — Howard Scotty Goad, 32, 157 Taylor Creek Road, Wartburg: DUI, simple possession or casual exchange. No bond listed; court date Sept. 24.

    • Holly Beth Wampler, 33, 210 McKinney Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date Oct. 28.

    • Jessica Lynn Hall, 24, 2899 Double S Road, Dayton: attachment. Bond $3,030; no court date listed.

  • Rains celebrates 90th birthday

    Johnnie “MaMaw” Rains celebrated her 90th birthday on Feb. 15 with a party given by her children, Jerry, Susan and Mike, in Victory Baptist Church, Kingston.

    She celebrated with relatives and friends and thanks those who attended to make it a special day.

    Rains has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Three Rockwood girls tapped for Miss Junior Pre-Teen contest

    Rockwood’s Kayli McNeal, Brittney Miles and Taylor Slaven are among those selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Junior Pre-Teen Knoxville/Chattanooga competition on March 16.

    McNeal and Slaven are students at Ridge View Elementary School. Miles is a freshman at Rockwood High School.

    McNeal is the daughter of Aundria McNeal and Kenny McNeal. Her grandparents are Bobby and Karen Grant, and Kenny McNeal and Lorene Fritts.

    She have five brothers, A.J. McNeal, Grant McNeal, Noah McNeal, Trevin True and Cody True.

  • New handbook discusses senior resources

    The Tennessee Bar Association has released “The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors,” a new resource designed to help Tennesseans better understand federal and state benefits, new health care laws and a wide range of other issues of importance to older citizens.

  • Class for caregivers scheduled

    A free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will begin March 5 in Mid-East Community Action Agency at 2415 N. Gateway Ave., Suite B, Rockwood.

    The course will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday through April 9.

    It will be facilitated by Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders Kyra Clements and Amber Jacks.

    Class size is strictly limited, and preregistration is required by contacting Jacks at 354-0450, Ext. 228, or ajacks@mecaa.net.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Feb. 26

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman Cablevision hoped to give Roane County subscribers their money’s worth. While the company had to raise rates by $4 per month to offset increasing operational costs, it planned to offer eight new cable channels to subscribers. Manager Roger Rule said the channels, based on customers’ requests, included TNT, The Nostalgia Channel, CNN Headline News, Arts and Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Home Shopping Network, VH-1 and MTV. A new premium channel, The Disney Channel, was also available for an extra $6.95 per month.

  • School prayer push more about power than it is blessings


    First Amendment Center

    Never say die.

    That must be the motto of politicians, religious leaders and school leaders who keep pushing for state-sponsored prayers in public schools more than 50 years after the Supreme Court struck down the practice as a violation of the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.