Today's News

  • General Sessions Court: Jan. 27, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 27 — Gregory Alan Letner, probation violation: guilty.

    • Travis E. Sanders, probation violation: guilty.

    • Joe D. Huff, probation violation: guilty.

    • Wilma J. Fisher, 911 calls in nonemergency situations prohibited: dismissed.

    • Theresa A. Baker, failure to appear: recalled capias by office.

  • Harriman advances in Dixie Youth AA play


    The Harriman AA All-Stars advanced to this weekend’s Dixie Youth District 8 AA Tournament by winning their first three games in the west sub-district tournament being played at Caryville.

  • Kingston A All-Stars roll in opener


    The Kingston A All-Stars opened postseason play Friday evening with an impressive 13-2 victory over Caryville in the first round of the Dixie Youth District 8 A sub-district tournament at Spring City.

    Kingston started strong with three runs in the top of the first inning. 

  • Another victory for judge hopeful

    Senior Judge Ben H. Cantrell on Thursday dismissed a complaint challenging the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton on the Aug. 7 ballot.

    Afterward, Pemberton said he’s ready to move on and talk about issues that “the 9th District’s citizens think matter.”

    “And that’s experience, competence, integrity and work ethic,” he added.

  • ‘In God We Trust’ draws leader’s ire

    Roane County Commissioners have some passionate feelings about the resolution that would put “In God We Trust” on the courthouse.

    “That will make me feel less a part of our county government — because I’m atheist,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

    “I don’t believe that there is a God.”

    That prompted a quick response from Commissioner Fred Tedder.

    “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as an atheist,” he said.

  • West earns better fire rating

    The ISO rating system for fire protection isn’t complicated.

    “The lower the number, the better you are,” said West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine.

    West Roane County got better recently, lowering its rating from a 6/9 to a 5/8B.

    “That’s something we’re real proud of,” Redwine said. “That’s how a lot of people look at their fire department.

    “The first thing they ask is, what’s your fire protection rating?”

  • Garbage-to-electricity firm still on, rep says

    A representative for Alternative Engineering Solutions LLC said last week the company’s plan to build a facility in Plateau Partnership Park is not dead.

    “We are still moving forward,” Jason Perry said on June 11.

    That differs from what Roane County officials reported at the June 9 commission meeting.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody and Commissioner Ron Berry both said the company was no longer pursuing a site in the industrial park, a joint venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.


    Kingston City Council members approved what has been characterized as a “bare-bones” city budget for fiscal 2014-15 with little fanfare at their June 10 session.

    The budget includes little in the way of new spending.

    “No new taxes!” said council member Don White when the roll was called to approve the budget on second reading.

    The budget passed council unanimously, after the council held the mandatory public hearing prior to the final vote.

    The public hearing was similarly uneventful.

  • Going for the birdie at Boys and Girls Club
  • Harriman officials to ponder bids on work on historic Temperance Bldg.

    Structural work at Harriman’s historic Temperance Building may be continuing.

    The Harriman City Council will meet in special-called session at 6 p.m. June 17 to consider and possibly take action on bids for work on the structure.

    Harriman received a $40,355 grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission, and $26,903 in matching funds is required to meet the grant specifications.

    “We are going to be doing work on the outside to get the water away from the Temperance Building,” said Dina Jackson, outgoing grant coordinator.