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Today's News

  • Golfing benefits education
  • A little rain for Ozone

    Rainy weather caused the Dixie Youth OZONE tournament in Rockwood to be postponed Friday evening, as a result the tournament was played Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday night. Sunday saw Harriman beat Spring City 12-9 and Kingston downed Campbell County 4-2.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Tighter tourism belt may cost us

    Roane County is blessed to be located at a great natural intersection of mountains, valley, rivers and lakes.

    Summer is the time of the year when these great natural assets are put on display not only for local residents but for many visitors from across the nation.

    Many small businesses in Roane County benefit greatly from this big tourist-generated infusion every summer.

    How do these tourists find there way here from places far away?

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: How will history portray our time?

    For years, curious students asked me how history might judge our time. In more recent days, many friends have asked the same.

    I appreciate the sincerity of these queries. But I must gently suggest that they reflect a misunderstanding of my preferred field of study.

    Historians and their findings defy simple categorization. We may not be as diverse as the broader society. But, contrary to our critics’ rhetoric, we do not all champion “political correctness.”

  • New plate dedicated to suicide prevention

    The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is reserving orders for the official Tennessee specialty license plate promoting suicide prevention.

    Authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly, the plate is in coordination with the Jason Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and other advocacy groups.

    “If Tennessee is able to have this license plate for suicide prevention, we will be taking another step forward towards saving lives in Tennessee,” said TSPN Executive Director Scott Ridgway.

  • You say tomato, I say ...

    Rockwood police gave a teenager a warning last week after a marijuana plant was reportedly found sitting by his window.

    The teen told the police he thought it was a tomato plant.

    The incident happened on June 21. According to the report, Terry Steelman told Officer Patrick Richard that his neighbor was “growing marijuana in the window.”

    Police Chief Bill Stinnett, Capt. Kelly Pittman and Richard responded to 305 W. Dunn St., to investigate Steelman’s claim.

  • Sex crime indictments handed down

    A Rockwood man turned himself in at the Roane County Jail last week following his indictment on alleged sex crimes.

    Daniel Kerns, 23, is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

    According to the indictment, he knowingly distributed material that included a minor engaged in sexual activity.

    Court records listed Kerns’ address as 917 Bayless St., Rockwood. He showed up at the jail Friday morning to turn himself in.

  • Scuffling woman’s wound initially resembled gunshot

    Harriman police responded to an altercation between a man and woman near the Quilt Shop on South Roane Street in the early morning hours Sunday.

    Initially law enforcement thought the injured woman may be suffering from a gunshot wound, but Harriman Chief Kenny Humphrey said it’s possible the intoxicated woman was struck in the arm by something on a passing train based on the injuries to her right arm.

    “They did get in a bit of a scuffle but it was not him shooting her like we originally thought,” Humphrey said.

  • 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.