Today's News

  • Get rid of outdated, unwanted medications during Take Back Day

    Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

    Area agencies will be participating in the event, which provides people with a place to drop off their unused and unwanted medication.

    “I think it makes a big difference,” Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition Executive Director Sarah Harrison said. “It gives people a way to get rid of any unused medication that might potentially be abused.”

    The take-back event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Buck Creek crash leaves one dead

    A 51-year-old Oliver Springs woman is dead following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Buck Creek Road, Kingston.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that a Jeep driven by Teresa A. Breeden, whose address is listed as 244 Breeden Lane in Oliver Springs, was traveling east with a load of firewood near 690 Buck Creek Road when, at the crest of the hill, she lost control of the vehicle with the right side wheels going off the road.

  • Church-threat defendant racks up burglary charge

    The man who threatened to blow up a church last year allegedly barged into someone’s home on April 17.

    Police charged James Lombardo with aggravated burglary in the incident.

    “The victim (David Sims) said that James Lombardo had kicked the door of his residence located at 182.5 State St. and stole items,” Harriman Police Department Officer Logan Vitatoe wrote in the warrant. “David said that James kicked the front door in of his residence and stole one cellular phone, one house key and one box of change and miscellaneous items.”

  • Rockwood shaves $100,000 off price tag for fire truck

    Rockwood officials have been able to whittle down the estimate for a ladder-and-pumper-truck combination to the $800,000 price range.

    The original $900,000 cost was something that rattled Councilman Dudley Evans to begin with. He said he would like to see that number drop further.

    “I would like to see another $100,000 off this fire truck,” he said.

    However, he noted he is pleased with the warranties on the vehicles before voting on the spending resolution that includes the truck.

  • Going with the Flo: We should all measure up to Barbara Bush’s yardstick

    By Flo Charles

    The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

    The life celebration of Barbara Bush was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston with past presidents, dignitaries and leaders from all backgrounds and religions — 1,500 inside and thousands outside showing their respect for her life of service to her fellow man.

    She was the matriarch of one of the most powerful American political dynasties in the families of American history.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: K-14 system would broaden education for Roane kids

    In my opinion, the current proposal before the County Commission is not a building plan, nor a consolidation plan.

    It’s an education plan. Buildings and consolidation just happen to be a part of the plan.

    I’m not interested in arguing about which is better, a big school or a small school. You can find research to support both.

    I’m not interested in discussing what type of sports the students will be able to participate in.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Comments on & analysis of Watkins’ essay pt. 1

    When we wrote last week’s column concerning the mega-school proposal and the need for a vote by the people on that proposal, little did we know that this week’s column would be on the same mega-school proposal, without any intervening messages about anything else.

    But, Friday’s Opinion page featured not only our dear Flo’s column, and our own View, but also had a lengthy discussion bearing the title “New school questions now answered,” with authorship credited to Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers

    April 20
    1st High Game------Ken Altes, Rick Matthews----480
    2nd High Game-------Ken Altes, Rick Matthews-----460
    3rd High Game ---, Ken Altes, Rick Matthews----488
    High Scores today-------- Rick Matthews, 233, 238, 237, games 708 series
    High Series today---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398
    High Series For April---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398
    High Averages---------Sylvia Whitehouse 163, Rick Alderfer—188

  • Orange and White impressions

    It was gameday again on the Hill. As a sea of orange shirts cascaded down Peyton Manning Pass, I was reminded once again of just how special Neyland Stadium is, especially in beautiful weather.

    65,098 Vol faithful packed the lower bowl to watch Team 122 in the annual Orange & White Game. The attendence number is probably exaggerated, however it is still among the Top 5 for spring game attendance this year.

  • Kingston dominates against Meigs County

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets faced Meigs in Tennis this past Thursday, winning both the girls and the boys matches 5-4 and 6-3 respectively.