Today's News

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Finding jail alternative is not an easy task

    It looks like Roane County will have to wait a bit longer for the opportunity to improve the school system.

    Virtually all the funding requests of the school board, from building new schools to increasing the number of advanced courses, have been rejected by the Roane County Commission.

    Discussion of funding for the new jail has taken over as a priority for the county commission.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: What makes someone really an American?

    By Mark Banker

    “Who is an American?”

    This is our nation’s most unique, fundamental and controversial question.

    “We the people” has broadened considerably since the Republic’s founding. But advances on that front often spurred negative reactions from citizens who felt threatened by new, fellow “Americans.”

    We are now in an era of reaction.

    Our president’s recent Twitter tirade against four young Congresswomen of color fanned the flames of controversy.

  • Seniors bowling big scores weekly


    JULY 26

    First High Game - Beverly Zeilman, Harold Zeilman 462

    Second High Game - Sylvia Whitehouse, Harold Zeilman 405

    Third High Game - Connie Milhollon, Rick Alderfer 475

    High Scores Friday - Rick Alderfer 231 game

    High Series for Friday - Diane Moore, Rick Alderfer 1317

    High Series for June - Diane Moore, Rick Alderfer 1317

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 166, Rick Matthews 182

  • New shooting park opens Aug. 1

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    The Crossville Shooting Sports Park, located just north of I-40 on Albert Frye Road, will open Aug. 1 with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at 2 p.m.

    A joint effort between the TWRA and the Crossville Shooting Sports Park, a nonprofit organization promoting shooting sports for all ages, this park consists of over 150 acres.

  • New skipper at Lady Raider helm

    Roane State Release

    for The Roane County News

    David Harnish, Roane State’s new head women’s basketball coach, will hit the hardwood running as he assumes his new duties.

    But for this Colorado native, it’s a return to what he loves doing and does so well. Harnish, 60, was the coach of the Western Nebraska Community College’s women’s team for 29 years and built a remarkable career record of 764 wins and 155 losses.

  • May gets year sentence for wire fraud

    By Richard Evans

    A former employee of the Oliver Springs Housing Authority was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville.

    In February of this year, Melissa Eula May, 44, of Knoxville, entered a guilty plea to the charge of wire fraud.

    In addition to the time she was sentenced to in federal prison, May was also ordered to pay $149,440.02 restitution to the Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

  • County talks tax increase

    The Roane County Commission will meet in special session today – Monday – to adopt a budget and set the property tax rates for the new fiscal year.

    Debate could center around whether or not to increase the property tax rate. A few years from now the debate could be just the opposite.

    The county is projected to pay off some debt, which will create an opportunity for the Commission to give taxpayers a decrease.

    “It’s about 16 cents in two years,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Park along river to maximize recreation

    A meeting at the Kingston Community Center Tuesday offered a chance for the community to learn more and provide feedback about the Tennessee Riverline Project.

    Roane County has been selected as one of five pilot communities for the project, which involves the development of a multi-model trail, not unlike the Appalachian Trail, following the length of the Tennessee River from Knoxville to Paducah, Ky.

    Riverline Acting Director Brad Collett described the project as the creation of a 652-mile long park along the river.

  • Rockin’ good time and more coming to Roane

    For those looking for summer entertainment, Roane County has plenty to offer.


    (well ... sorta)

    Dressed to Kill, a KISS tribute band, will be performing at the Princess Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Tickets are $20 and are available at Earl Duff Subaru and Roane Street Grill in Harriman. They can also be purchased online at www.dressedtokill.brownpapertickets.com.

    Concessions — popcorn, sodas, water, chips and candy — will be available at the show.