Today's News

  • Roane schools recipient of grant funds

    The Roane County Board of Education heard about some grants the system received during its monthly meeting last week.

    “I applied for three Perkins Reserve competitive grants in April,” Career and Technical Education Director Lance Duff said. “In June we received word that we were granted all three of those.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: School plan top Roane issue

    By Mark Banker

    By the time you read these words, the Aug. 2 election will be upon us.

    Thanks to early voting, some of you will have already fulfilled your civic obligation. Others of you have pretty much made up your minds about candidates and key issues and will, like me, show up at the polls next Thursday.

    Sadly, many of our neighbors will contribute to Tennessee’s dead-last ranking for voter turnout.

    Special thanks to the 13 candidates for Roane County Commission who responded to the Roane County News’ candidate survey.

  • Kingston water line break closes down courthouse

    The Roane County Courthouse was closed Friday due to a water leak on Race Street.

    Kingston Water Department had the leak repaired by that afternoon, but crews were still working on paving the highway.

    Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston said the court system was fortunate the caseload for that day was not substantial, so there weren’t many hiccups created.

    “Luckily, it turned out to not be that bad,” she said. “It could have been if we had a huge docket.”

  • Fossil plant puts out fire

    A person out fishing called 911 on July 15 to report a fire at the Kingston Fossil Plant. Local fire departments were contacted about the incident, but TVA said plant employees handled the situation.

  • Woman pulls out of trustee race but sign order, refund off

    A would-be candidate for public office claims she received neither her political signs nor a refund after deciding to not seek office and canceling her order on April 3.

    Bina Kirby took civil action against the Sign Shop in Harriman in May, and court officials confirmed she got a judgment in the case this month.

    Court records show Kirby got a levy on the bank on July 9 to attempt to get reimbursed for the money.

  • School board pays tribute to Massengill

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Everett Massengill was remembered at last week’s meeting.

    “I hope everyone remembers his family because now is the time when they really need somebody,” Board Member Danny Wright said.

    “We lost an outstanding school board member in Everett Massengill, but he was even a better friend and fellow,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller added. “He did so many great things for all of us.”

    Massengill served on the school board for more than two decades.

  • Harriman leaders to meet to buy fire vehicle

    Harriman City Council will meet in special-called session on Tuesday to purchase a pumper truck for the Harriman Fire Department.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    “Both of our current engines are experiencing maintenance issues and we do not feel they are reliable enough to get us through the more than a year it takes for delivery of a new unit,” City

    Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • Serial burglar serving sentence at Bledsoe

    Timothy Fink’s stay at the Roane County Jail didn’t last long.

    Fink, who pleaded guilty in 17 burglary cases in March, is now an inmate at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex in Pikeville.

    On July 2, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Fink to 12 years in prison for his burglary spree.

    He wasn’t taken into custody right away because Wicks gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.

    Fink was arrested and booked into the Roane County Jail on July 7 on a violation of probation charge.


    The man anxious to preserve where he believes many of his ancestors are buried used an age-old means of identifying graves and got his beliefs bolstered by modern technology.

    Ralph Martin believed dowsing identified 45 graves at the farm that was once owned by some of his ancestors, the Robertses, long before it became part of the decommissioned K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Oak Ridge.

    It wasn’t enough, however, for officials, so he turned to the University of Tennessee’s Department of Anthropology for ground-penetrating radar.