Today's News

  • Stroke screenings, osteoporosis tests head to Kingston

    Roane Countians have an opportunity to be screened to reduce their risks of having a stroke or bone fracture.

    Kingston Church of Christ’s family life center will host a University of Tennessee Medical Center Life Line screening on Aug. 11. The site is at 120 W. Spring St.

    “I want to thank you very much, because this screening saved my life,” said Mary Davis of Oliver Springs about a recent Life Line screening.

    Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.

  • Arrests: July 30-Aug. 4, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    July 30 — Clarence Donald Arwood Jr., 39, 120 Sweetwater Road, Philadelphia: domestic assault. Bond $2,000; court date Aug. 25.

    • Carol Sue Felton, 66, 124 Watson Lane, Harriman: domestic assault. Bond $1,000; court date Sept. 29.

    • Martha Louise Monroe, 63, 5336 Roane State Hwy., Apt. 4, Rockwood: assault. Bond $1,000; court date Aug. 18.

  • Births: July 11-30, 2014

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:
    July 11 — Amy Lankford, Harriman. A boy, Blake, 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Sibling: Brock. Grandparents: Carol Lankford; Larry Mullenix.

    July 17 — Reagan Palmer and Chris Turpin, Oliver Springs. A boy, Connor Preston, 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Grandparents: Neda Foster; William Palmer Jr.; Turpin and Edna Turpin.

  • General Sessions Court: March 17-24, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    March 17 — Johnny Easter, domestic assault: dismissed.

    • Carrie Ann Newport, two counts probation violation: guilty.

    • Michael T. Nelson, probation violation: guilty.

    • Stacy R. Harvey, probation violation: guilty.

    • Victoria Dawn Lane, probation violation: guilty.

  • Nominations sought for preservation honor

    East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2014 East Tennessee Preservation Awards.

    The awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and projects contributing to historic preservation efforts within the 16-county ETPA region, which includes Roane County.

    The awards will be presented during the awards banquet, in conjunction with the East Tennessee Preservation Conference, on Nov. 6 in Oak Ridge.

  • GUEST OPINION: Kingston: A case for thoughtful planning made

    Kingston has, in the past, recognized the intrinsic value of having trees, forests and greenbelt areas, environmental qualities that give character to the historic city nestled in the wooded ridges of the Clinch and Tennessee river valleys.  

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher/Historian: Another View on Polarization

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.
    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity.
    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.
    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    We Americans appear lost.  

  • Harriman city attorney resigning

    Longtime Harriman city attorney Harold Balcom has only a short time left in that job.

    He announced his resignation at Tuesday’s council meeting. He will work through August.

    “Harold has been an asset for the city. He’s helped with some things that wouldn’t have been done if he’d not been there to do it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. “He knows his government law, and he’s a real asset in that area.”

    Mynatt said Balcom often worked outside the limelight.

  • TWRA working on state wildlife action plan


    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, is updating the Tennessee State Wildlife Action Plan. The nationwide development of State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) in 2005 was a major milestone in fish and wildlife conservation.

  • Tigers seek improvement after scrimmage


    The Rockwood Tigers’ first scrimmage of the fall had its ups and downs Friday evening at Cookeville, but those ups and downs weren’t exactly what 19th year head coach John Webb was looking for from his squad.