Today's News

  • TVA, Jacobs asks for lawsuit dismissal

    TVA and Jacobs Engineering Group are asking the federal courts to dismiss litigation filed against them by Roane County and the cities of Harriman and Kingston.

    Jacobs claims the lawsuit is time barred and TVA said they have no standing to sue.

  • SOR murder case not sent to the grand jury

    The murder case against Jenny Michelle Parton wasn’t presented to the Roane County grand jury during last month’s session.

    Parton, 44, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robert Rosado III.

    They lived together at a residence South of the River.

    Parton allegedly shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun on March 15. His death was ruled a homicide by Knox County Chief Medical Examiner Darinka Mileusnic.

  • Kingston considers food truck regulations Tuesday

    On Tuesday, July 9, Kingston City Council will consider on first reading an ordinance allowing the permitting and regulation of mobile food vendors in the city, including food trucks, food trailers and ice cream trucks.

    Council will also authorize a proclamation honoring Harold Dewitt Johnson and declaring July 9, 2019 as “Harold Dewitt Johnson Day.”

  • Tails wag for dog tales at Kingston

    Kingston Public Library is hosting a story time with Atlas, a golden retriever at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the library.

    Atlas is a lovable and snugly golden retriever from HABIT.

    Children can have their favorite stories read aloud to Atlas by contacting the library ahead of time to see if they have the book available.

    HABIT is a community group of volunteers working together to explore the circumstances and consequences of the human-animal bond and to promote this valuable bond between people and animals.

  • Harriman, Kingston Lions meet in joint meeting

    The Harriman and Kingston Lions Clubs gathered for a joint meeting recently to install new officers and honor valued members.

    Brandon Johnson, Lions District Governor for East Tennessee, shared his own story about how the Lions had impacted his life and the lives of others.

    Shortly following the fires in Gatlinburg he was able to raise $10,000 in relief funding in just one night through the efforts of fellow Lions.

    “We are the volunteer district so we have to step up,” he said.


    By Richard Evans

    Harold Dewitt Johnson, one of the most decorated veterans in Roane County, was honored Wednesday for his service.

    “I feel honored and humbled. I’m appreciative, it’s something that means a lot to me. I don’t feel like I’m any more deserving than anyone else but it’s been a privilege to serve my country,” Johnson said.

  • A Flavorful Fourth
  • Jail cost to cause tax hike

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee is recommending a property tax rate increase of 11 cents for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    Ten cents is earmarked for debt service and 1 cent is for the volunteer fire departments.

    Director of Accounts and Budgets Connie Aytes said a county-wide penny of property tax generates $121,000 and the rural penny generates $76,000.

    “The property tax didn’t grow like we’d hoped,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

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  • Invasive fish — heading here to destroy

    By Timothy Joseph PhD

    Fishery Biologist

    The “invasive” Silver Carp (from Asia) have overrun most of the Mississippi and Ohio River watersheds.

    They have occupied the Tennessee River as far upstream as Wheeler Reservoir in Alabama, and may already be in Guntersville Reservoir. They are heading this way.

    Silver Carp can live 20 years, grow to four-feet and weigh 90 pounds.

    A mature female will lay 4-5 million eggs each summer, thus they quickly take over and out compete native fish species.