Today's News

  • VECustomers Share awards $2,918 in Roane

    VECustomers Share program awarded $2,918 grants to Roane County organizations in February.

    Local groups receiving grants include Roane County Knights Lacrosse ($200), Roane County Lady Knights ($200), Midway High School Drama Club ($300), Midway Softball Club ($1,050), and Midway Future Farmers of America and Greenhouse Committee ($1,168).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.5 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • Y-12 reaches goal on refurbishing strategic nuclear weapon system

    The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

    The first production unit for the B61-12 was certified at Y-12 on Dec. 6, 2018.

    This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can be carried on several types of military aircraft.

    The B61 LEP will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years.

  • Blue Springs Boat Company best in show

    The 2019 “Best in Show” winner at this year’s Downtown Knoxville Boat Show was Blue Springs Boat Company of Kingston.

    Blue Springs Boat Company specializes in Bennington pontoon boats and was recognized for having the best display in the event.

    This is a true accomplishment considering the other dealers and brands that were on display at the show.

    The Downtown Knoxville Boat Show was held Feb. 14-17.

    This annual event hosts 17 boat dealers from all over East Tennessee.


    The 2018 Roane Alliance Annual Report will be released this week.

    The report provides details on the impact the Alliance, which serves as the umbrella over the Industrial Development Board (IDB), Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Roane County, made in Roane County in 2018.

    The Alliance became official in 2001 and nearly two decades later the 2018 report shows the organization is as strong as ever and still making an impact, according to Interim President Pam May.

  • Delbert McClinton brings blues to the Princess on March 16

    By Richard Evans

    Blues legend Delbert McClinton will make his return to the Historic Princess Theatre in Harriman Saturday, March 16.

    The show starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $39 and reserved premium tickets are $50.

    A native of Texas, McClinton was born in Lubbock, the same musical hotbed that produced Buddy Holly and Mac Davis.

    His musical influences were rhythm and blues, Tejano and western swing.

    At age 11, his family moved east to Fort Worth where he started his career in music.

  • Ten Mile man indicted for role in 2018 fatal crash

    A fatal crash has resulted in an indictment for a Ten Mile man.

    Stacey Neil Vance is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness and DUI.

    The fatal crash occurred on June 13, 2018.

    It happened on Hwy. 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

  • Board’s sales job falls short

    State education officials were impressed by the Roane County Board of Education’s plan to construct a new consolidated high school.

    However, the school board failed to instill that same excitement in its local funding body.

    Board Chairperson Nadine Jackson said that’s something she and her colleagues have to do a better job of in the future.

    “I think we have to own the fact that we didn’t do a very good job of presenting the need,” she said.

  • Youth removed from Kingston Academy

    Richard Evans

    The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services suspended admissions to Kingston Academy Wednesday and removed 18 children from the facility.

    The children, who ranged in age from 5 to 17, were moved to other placements.

    The department is investigating concerns at the facility, according to Carrie Weir, communications officer for DCS.

    She did not give a reason as to why admissions were suspended or what the concerns of DCS entailed.

  • New trout regs start March

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    New trout regulations take effect on March 1. The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission voted in September of 2018 to change regulations after hearing scientific data presented by TWRA biologists. Regulations will allow TWRA staff to better manage hatchery raised trout in the Tellico River and surrounding areas.