Today's News

  • Boyd in Kingston
  • Trio running for governor in Roane Thurs.

    Three major gubernatorial candidates will be in Roane County on Thursday.

    Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee have confirmed they’ll be at the Roane County Road Department’s annual community picnic, said Road Supervisor Dennis Ferguson.

    The picnic, which will also host U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Lee will kick off his day with a “meet-and-greet” reception at 11 a.m. at the Roane Alliance office at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Rockwood police find stolen gun during traffic stop

    Rockwood police reported finding pills, drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm during a traffic stop last week.

    A 25-year-old man with a Maryville address is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood officer Chris Kennedy spotted a BMW speeding at 11:49 p.m. on Thursday.

    Kennedy stopped the BMW in the 1300 block of North Gateway Avenue.

  • Dixie Youth youngsters get in on action

    The Kingston all-stars went unbeaten on the way to winning the two-day tournament, beating Campbell County 25-10 in the title game. The scores for the tournament are as follows: Campbell county beat Rockwood 24-14, Kingston beat Harriman 17-1, Rockwood beat Harriman 22-18, Kingston beat Campbell County 20-8 and Campbell County downed Rockwood 24-16.

  • Raider standout signs

    By Bob Fowler
    for the Roane County News
    He’s gone from being mainly a reserve for a Georgia college’s basketball squad to starting forward for the Roane State Raiders.
    Now, Jeremy Joyner is taking the next step, and it’s a big one. The 6-9 Joyner has accepted a full scholarship to play for University of Tennessee-Martin. Joyner said coaches at UT-Martin recruited him after watching him in tournament play.

  • Raider anglers have big spring

    When people think about college sports at Roane State, normally the first thing that comes to mind is the men’s and women’s basketball teams along with the baseball and softball Raiders and Lady Raiders.

    The newly formed golf team is also another sport that Roane State has to offer.

    However, there is a sport that Roane State has that is a little more unique than your traditional college sports.

    The Roane State fishing club competed in two tournaments this spring in the Yeti FLW College Fishing Series.

  • Tribute to a Tennessee legend

    by Ben Briley

  • Watkins names OSMS principal

    Oliver Springs Middle School will have a new principal for the 2018-19 school year.

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Paige Wright has been hired as principal to succeed Nancy Wilson.

    “Ms. Wright’s going to do an amazing job at Oliver Springs Middle School to serve those students and continue the legacy that Nancy has begun,” Watkins said.

    Wright has been in education for 15 years.

  • Police find suspected heroin on fugitive

    A woman wanted in Virginia on drug charges was found in Rockwood with suspected heroin on June 18.

    Nikki Nicole Patterson, 30, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and possession of heroin.

    According to the report, Rockwood police went to Meadows Apartments to investigate a report of suspicious people in a car.

    “We saw the car in question and a female sitting behind the steering wheel and a male standing outside the passenger side,” the report said. “When the male saw police cars he quickly got into the car.”

  • Board sets contract for Aytes as director

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes now has a contract.

    The Board of Education approved it 9-0 during Thursday’s meeting.

    According to the terms, the contract is for 180 “working days” starting on July 9.

    “It’s not 180 calendar days, it’s 180 working days,” Board Chairman Rob Jago explained after the meeting. “We pay him by working day.”

    According to the contract, Aytes will be paid $461.54 per day.