Today's News

  • Roane gears up for Dixie Youth state tourneys


    The Mike “Brillo” Miller Rockwood Sports Complex will be a busy place starting Thursday at 9 a.m. and lasting until Sunday evening as a total of 32 Dixie Youth baseball teams will be battling it out to see who is the 2014 state champion in the A and AA divisions.

  • August ballot has final edit

    The ballot for the Aug. 7 election is set, Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway announced on Friday.

    “We got them in today,” he said. “We’ll be mailing them out to people that have requested absentee ballots starting at the beginning of the week.”

  • Harriman mayor doesn’t want tax increase this year

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason doesn’t plan on a tax increase when he proposes a budget to the Harriman City Council.

    Mason has said in the last two years that a tax increase will become necessary, but he’s stretching the pennies for now.

    “We are trying to make it to 2016,,” said Mason.

    That is when the city will come out from under its debt obligation for money borrowed for infrastructure in Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    He estimates that will free up about $350,000 in cash flow.

  • Natural gas provider sees growth in Kingston area

    If utility stats are any indication, Kingston is doing pretty well in relation to the rest of East Tennessee during hard economic times.

    That was one of the takeaways from a presentation by Oak Ridge Utility District General Manager Ben Andrews to Kingston City Council in June. ORUD provides natural gas to Kingston and other parts of eastern Roane County. Andrews came in June to give council his annual report.

  • Airport work continues
  • Reporter’s Notebook: Rocky represents himself last week, talks about dead

    Speaking ill of the dead doesn’t sit well with U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves. Rocky Houston found that out at his sentencing hearing on Thursday.

    “Mr. Houston, let me stop you right there,” a clearly unhappy Reeves said when Houston alleged something about Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones.

    Jones and his ride-along friend Mike Brown died in a shootout with Rocky Houston and his older brother Leon in 2006.

  • Farmer vs. Woody: Plateau Park, sunglasses are part of debate

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s not surprised some commissioners from Cumberland and Morgan counties want Mike Farmer back in office.

    “They got $2.5 million out of us last time he was in office, so of course they want him back,” Woody said. “They understand they got a good shot to get more money with Mike Farmer.”

  • Rejuvenating a lost art

    Canning, a colorful and tasty culinary art is being revived, thanks to the help of the Roane County UT Extension office.

    They are doing thi s with their Canning College, a beginner’s guide to canning.

    The three part class covers water bath canning, pressure canning and freezing and drying.

    “We hope that people can get a good sense of how to can at home,” said Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent. “And how to take care of their own harvest.”

  • Judge hears case on same-sex split

    One of Russell E. Simmons Jr.’s final decisions as circuit court judge could be a landmark one. Simmons, who is retiring on Aug. 31, has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of the state’s marriage laws.

    The issue landed in his court in March when Frederick Michael Borman filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman. The two men were married in Iowa, but they were residents of Roane County.

    Tennessee doesn’t recognize same sex marriage.

  • Long-range consolidation plan in works

    New or consolidated high schools could be in Roane County’s future. The Board of Education voted this month to start the process of selecting an architect to study the needs of the school system and recommend a long range plan for replacing or consolidating high schools.

    “This is a step forward and this will give us some insight with the aging facilities we have, and hopefully get on track for some type of building program,” Board Member Rob Jago said.