Today's News

  • Woman says dog was poisoned

    A Rockwood woman told police her dog was poisoned to death.

    Officer Jared Hall responded to 221 S. Patton Ave., last week to speak with the woman, Karen Boles, about the incident.

    “She told me that her 6-month-old German Shepherd pup was kept fenced in her backyard and had never got out,” the report said.

    “She said he would bark at prowlers that walked the alley at night, and she believes that one of these cowards poisoned her dog this past week.”

    The dog’s name was Bolt.


    A noontime crash in Kingston on Wednesday left a 96-year-old woman dead and two people injured.

    According to a preliminary crash report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Josephine E. Farr of Kingston died after a collision that ran her car into Watts Bar Lake, where it became fully submerged.

    The eastbound Ford Crown Victoria Farr was driving on Hwy. 70 near Kingston City Park collided with a westbound Buick Regal driven by Betty T. Smith, 71, of Kingston, when Farr attempted a left turn onto Patton Ferry Road.

  • Harriman eliminates Schwepfinger’s job

    Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival appears to have been a hit, but it wasn’t enough to save organizer Rebecca Schwepfinger’s job.

    The special events and public relations coordinator position was eliminated in second reading of Harriman’s fiscal year 2019 budget, despite a crowd at the meeting in support of Schwepfinger.

    “Her position is valuable,” said Sam Ledford, marketing coordinator at the Roane Alliance. “I think you need to consider that as Council tonight …”

  • Dog park heads to Brentwood

    Kingston’s Fort Paws Dog Park will now be on land in the Brentwood community across the road from 58 Landing.

    The previously selected site near Byrd Field faced opposition from citizens in the Circle Drive neighborhood.

    The new location seemed to have universal approval from members of the Kingston City Council, who met during a workshop Tuesday.

    During the public-comment period at the beginning of the meeting several citizens spoke in favor of the park.

  • Roane workers certified administrators

    Roane County government employees Lori Butler, Carol Maines, Amber Cofer and Kenny Clinton were recently honored as Certified Public Administrators at a Capstone event at Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro.

    To achieve the designation, a participant must complete 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program.

    The program is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and is available to every county official and county employee in the state.

  • Day of Caring volunteers sought

    Roane County United Way is seeking volunteers to help with two Day of Caring events.

    The two events allows more opportunities for involvement.

    They are also ideal venues for earning community service hours.

    Volunteers will beautify and enhance the community on Sept. 20 with yard work at Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties locations.

    The second event is an Oct. 6 car wash at Michael Dunn Center, Kingston.

    Volunteers must sign a release form. Those younger than 18 must have the signature from a parent or guardian.

  • Park cleaning up wisteria for Lands Day

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning are joining forces on National Public Lands Day to eradicate wisteria from Worthington Cemetery and privet and other invasive exotics from the Ecological Study Area on Melton Hill Reservoir in Oak Ridge.

    The work session will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 in Elza Gate Park, 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, and end around noon with a pizza lunch provided by the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

  • Refineries unaffected by tropical storm

    Concerns of a gas price hike from Tropical Storm Gordon have been abated, AAA reported Wednesday.

    Oil Price Information Service confirmed that Gulf Coast refinery operations were not impacted by the storm.

    “Refineries dodged a bullet, but are not out of the woods just yet,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

    “This year’s hurricane season is far from over,” he said. “If a major storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, refineries will go back on alert and pump prices will face renewed upward pressure.”

  • THP investigating fatal crash involving submerged vehicle

    Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators are being called in to Kingston to look into a Wednesday crash that resulted in one vehicle's complete submersion at Kingston City Park.

    The Critical Incident Response Team is on its way to Kingston to investigate, authorities at the site said. One person has been confirmed dead.

    See RoaneCounty.com and Friday's issue of the Roane County News for updates.

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