Today's News

  • Apply for energy assistance locally

    Applications are available for energy assistance at several locations.
    Clients must be responsible for paying their own energy cost.
    Those locations where applications are available include: Harriman Utility Board; the County Executive’s office in the Roane County Courthouse, Kingston; Oliver Springs’ Water Department; Riverbend Market in Midway at the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 72; Rockwood Electric Utility and the United Way office, Midtown.
    Applications also available online at www.mecaa.net

  • WATERY GRAVES? Civil War-era cemetery faces erosion from lake

    Buddy Marsh has worn out countless lawn mowers and even a few chainsaws while taking care of Kindrick Cemetery.
    After being severely maimed in 1968 while attempting to drag a wounded comrade to safety, the Vietnam War veteran came home to Rockwood to try and rebuild his life.
    That’s when he began a labor of love that would continue the next 44 years at an historic burial ground next to his family’s farm on Watts Bar Lake.

  • District 2: 3 hopefuls for 2 seats

    In the District 2 Roane County Board of Education race, it’s may the best men win.
    Darrell “Drack” Langley, Frank Mee and Danny Wright are vying for the district’s two seats. 
    “The other two gentlemen that are running are friends of mine,” Wright said. “They’re great people. I have nothing bad to say about them in any shape, form or fashion.”
    Four years ago, Langley and Mee were unopposed when they ran for re-election in District 2, which includes Harriman.

  • County picks up small land parcel in Kingston

    Roane County government is buying another property near the jail in Kingston. This one is located at 212 Parks Ave.  
    A single-family home sits on the property, but the county doesn’t appear interested in using it for office space.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the plan is to raze it and turn the property into a parking lot.
    According to state real estate records, the property has an appraised value of $48,100. 

  • Red Cross looking for Roane volunteers

    The American Red Cross East Tennessee Region is looking for volunteers in the Roane County area to assist with local disasters when they happen. 
    Volunteer duties would include, but are not limited to, opening disaster shelters and assisting those that have been affected by disasters, including victims of house or apartment fires, tornadoes, strong storms and more. 
    Volunteers would also have the opportunity to deploy on national disasters assignments if they would like. 

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Singing those rainy weather, faulty-mower blues

    This is the time of year the forces of nature and technology team up against me.
    Here’s what happens:
    Every year I vow that I am going to keep my yard — yes, even the steep, weedy back section — mowed and neat.
    Then July kicks in and the trouble starts.
    (Actually, the real trouble begins in June, when a drought spell invariably hits right before my vacation.)
    I realize that if I mow before I go, I’ll come back to a lawn of brown straw. So I leave without mowing.

  • General Sessions Court: May 9-21, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    May 9 — Peter J. Plevritis, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Alisha Roxanne Reiley, move over law. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Mostafa Mohamad Sobh, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

    • Matthew Lee Tomlinson, speeding. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Property Transfers: May 22-June 12, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse May 22-June 12:

    From Kevin P. Human to George R. Human by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Duggers Addition, Lot 15, $0.

    From Edward Bernard Brooks and Francine C. Brooks to James Lewis Brooks by quit-claim deed, Dist. 4, 1.82 acres, Cedar Grove Road, $0.

    From Edward Bernard Brooks and Francine C. Brooks to James Lewis Brooks by quit-claim deed, Dist. 4, 1.01 acres, Cedar Grove Road, $0.

  • Vacation Bible School 2012

    Central Baptist
    “Amazing Wonders Aviation” is the vacation Bible school theme at Central Baptist Church, Kingston. Classes for ages 3 (potty trained) up to teens will be offered July 23-27 and will begin with supper at 5:30 p.m.; worship and activities will follow from 6 to 8:45 in the church at 245 Bailey Road. Call 919-5115 to preregister.

    Rockwood Church of Christ

  • Public’s help sought for ’12 Teachers Supply Closet

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce is starting the Teachers Supply Closet campaign earlier this year to allow donors to take advantage of back-to-school sales at area businesses.

    The annual drive collects school supplies and monetary donations to help public school teachers and students in Roane County.

    “This is the 10th year that Teachers Supply Closet has provided a one-day free shopping experience for Roane County’s public school teachers,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.