Today's News

  • Roane looks at ‘pauper burials’

    A resolution that asks Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” is on the agenda for the commission’s meeting today – Monday.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county has been paying Davis Funeral Home in Harriman to cremate “indigents” at the request of Medical Examiner William Bennett.
    “Various commissioners have asked why have we paid one funeral home and the other ones may have had indigents, too, and they’ve not been given that same opportunity,” Woody said.  

  • Councilman has dreams for Kingston

    Think of Kingston City Councilman Don White as a sort of salty country-boy version of Frank Sinatra, with strains of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most famous recording lilting in the background.
    “Just like that song “My Way”,” said White, relaxing in the sunroom of his comfortable home off West Race Street. “I’ve done my whole life that way—my way.”

  • RWSG has extra to help the needy

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas program designed to help the less fortunate with their gas bills during the winter months hasn’t seen any disbursement of funds since March, but it’s not for lack of trying.
    RWSG manager Kim Ramsey said the Warm Thoughts Program has a significant balance. As of August, the balance was over $36,000.

  • Morgan suit gets new court date

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan’s lawsuit against the Villages of Center Farm L.P. has a new trial date. It had been scheduled for the last week of September in Roane County Circuit Court, but Morgan asked for a continuance.
    The new trial date is Jan. 24.
    Morgan claims the Villages of Center Farm L.P. is responsible for an ankle injury he suffered in 2006.

  • Cobb enters not guilty plea; burglar nabbed

    According to an incident report from the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department, Wanda Sue Goins told police she thought District 31 state Rep. Jim Cobb was going to hit her on Aug. 2.
    Cobb, R-Spring City, lost to Ron Travis in the Republican Primary that day. The district includes a portion of Roane County.
    According to the report, Goins was sitting in her wheel chair when she encountered Cobb at a polling place.

  • Haunted maze proceeds help Roane animal shelter

    Folks can have a great time while donating to a good cause at the Roane County Haunted Corn Maze, which is adjacent to the Roane State Softball Field.
    All proceeds will go to the Roane County Animal Shelter, which is one of the sponsors of the maze. Other sponsors include Roane County Parks and Recreation, The Roane Alliance, Roane County Extension Office and Roane State Community College.

  • Blessing of the furry friends
  • Kingston passes first reading on noise rules

    Kingston Council members took a first step toward a new noise ordinance, giving hope to residents in the vicinity of West Race Street that quiet nights and sounder sleep are on the horizon.
    Council passed a new, more stringent—and specific—ordinance on first reading at its Oct. 9 meeting, by a 5-0 vote, with one pass. Councilman Kevin McClure elected to take a pass on the vote, for reasons he did not explain; Councilman Tony Brown was absent leaving the board one shy of its full count.

  • Tax deadline is today, Oct. 15

    The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system.
     Many of the 170,000 Tennessee taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file.
     Before filing, the IRS encouraged taxpayers to see if they qualify for often-overlooked credits and deductions, then to choose the speed and convenience of electronic filing.

  • Bobcats keep playoff hopes alive with 46-7 win over Tigers

    Facing a must-win game as far as the race for a playoff berth is concerned, the Oliver Springs Bobcats put together a dominating performance Friday night in rolling to a 46-7 victory at Sunbright.