Today's News

  • Kingston now on Civil War Trail

    A Civil War Trail Marker was unveiled outside the old Roane County Courthouse in Kingston on Tuesday.
    “This is our first Civil War Trail Marker that we’ve been able to install,” said Pam May, director of tourism and marketing for The Roane Alliance. “We hope it’s not the last.”
    Indications are that it may not be. Lee Curtis, director of program development for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development said the county fits the criteria to get another marker.

  • Pub owner, brothers respond to lawsuit

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton and brothers Eric and Derek Gallaher have responded to a $3 million lawsuit filed by the parents of David Lee Harvey.
    Harvey died outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011. Eric Gallaher has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault-bodily injury in his death. He allegedly punched Harvey after a minor fender bender in the parking lot.

  • Soup kitchen in the works for Harriman

    The hungry will soon have a place for a free hot meal.
    Courts of Praise in Harriman already has a food pantry they started earlier this year. Now the active church is planning to open a soup kitchen in the next month.

  • Roane County teenager has been missing since Oct. 1

    Staff reports
    A 17-year-old girl from South of the River has been missing since Oct. 1.
    Samantha L. Daniels, who had attended Midway High School, was last seen by her father on the front porch of their home at 3614 River Rd.
    “I’ve been everywhere I think she might be,” said her father, Albert Daniels.
    He said his daughter had been seeing a 40 year old man, and the family believes that she is with him. Her father said they are concerned for her safety.

  • Hopes dim for a veterans hospital in Roane County

    Roane County’s hope for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital looks bleak at this point.
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander received a letter last month from John Dandridge Jr., director of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, explaining why the VA didn’t think Harriman’s Roane Medical Center was a suitable site.
    “At this time, given what we currently know and project, there is not a feasible justification for construction or for operating a VA hospital in Harriman, Tenn.,” Dandridge said in the letter.

  • Man charged with ETHRA gas theft

    Kingston police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday morning for allegedly siphoning gas from an ETHRA bus.
    Austin Cody Burns, 402 Curtis Road, Tellico Plains, is charged with theft under $500. According to the arrest report, he was forthcoming about the alleged crime.
    “Defendant stated that he had taken at least 10 gallons from the vehicle,” the report said. “Defendant told officer the hose and can he used were behind the bus in the brush.”

  • Veterans Day event set for Ridgeview

    Veterans of all the armed services are invited to Ridgeview Elementary School in Rockwood on Friday, Nov. 9 for a special recognition program. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Each grade level will play a unique part in the program.
    There will be refreshments for everyone.

  • Man’s complaints about co-worker not protected

    First Amendment Center
    A former garbage-truck driver for the city of Franklin, Tenn., had no First Amendment right to report the allegedly violent conduct of his co-worker, a federal judge has ruled.
    Ruben B. Pruitt Jr. worked as a driver/operator for Franklin’s Solid Waste Department.
    In June 2010, while working with his partner, who is identified in court documents only as Mr. Allocco, Pruitt contended that Allocco flew into a violent rage and began beating the side of the truck.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Save America, vote Republican???

    Gentle reader, you have no doubt seen one or more of these signs and billboards somewhere in the county; possibly they are also being posted elsewhere, although we have been to Knoxville, Crossville, and Chattanooga in recent days and have not observed them any where else.

  • Oak Ridge deer hunt cancelled

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been informed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that the deer hunts scheduled Oct. 20-21 have been cancelled at the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area.