Today's News

  • Suspicious death probed in East Roane

    A man was found dead from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the suspicious death.

    Johnny Franklin Douglas, 73, 33475 Kingston Hwy., was found near his workshop at his home.

    “The cause of death was definitely a gunshot wound to the area of the head,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said it cannot be determined if it was self-inflicted or if someone else did it by the trajectory of the shot.

  • ORNL announces breakthrough in superconductivity

    Scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.

  • Rockwood adds police position

    Rockwood City Council members voted to create a new patrolman position on Monday.

    “What we are asking for is one additional,” said Chief Danny Wright. “Steven Bryant has been on extended leave for almost 10 months well, actually, since Aug. 1.

    “What we’d like to do at least at this point is put it in there until someone retires. Of course, what I would like to see is for it to become permanent,” Wright said.

  • Gallaher remains free on bond despite new charge

    Eric Gallaher can remain free on bond while his felony cases are pending in Roane County Criminal Court. Prosecutors sought to revoke his bond over a recent domestic assault charge he picked up.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied the motion at a Tuesday hearing in Loudon County.

    “He doesn’t pose any risk of flight,” Gallaher defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He’s been to court every time.”

  • Butler claims hearing board was paid to rule against her

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said hearing panel members who ruled in her disciplinary case were bought off by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

    “I think the board is way overreaching their power,” she said. “I think the whole system is patently unconstitutional when you pay people to rule in your favor, and that’s basically what happened.”

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Government as an innovator? You bet!


    Center on Congress

    Both government and industry are needed to solve big problems. Collaboration puts us in a stronger competitive position than either sector acting alone.

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

  • The Garden Gate: Parsley is universal herb, and a good garnish

    Ogden Nash, the popular wit and poet, once wrote a lengthy, witty doggerel poem about herbs, of which the final line was “parsley is garsley.”

    Obviously, Nash did not like parsley. But it is, for most of us, a flavorful addition to many foods and an attractive and nutritious garnish for others.

    There is more to parsley than you might think.

    The parsley family is large, and it includes many herbs, spices, carrots and celery.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 7

    25 Years Ago
    Oliver Springs leaders received a vote of confidence by the town’s residents, who returned the mayor and Board of Aldermen to their seats for two-year terms. They included Mayor Stanley E. Justice Jr.; Aldermen Edwin L. Kelley, J.C. “Jim” Davis, Ralph Wilson, C.D. “Chuck” Alcorn, Cebert Mitchell and Sam H. Davis; Treasurer Virginia Crisp; and Judge Joseph H. Van Hook. Justice led opposed candidates with 254 votes, and Crisp led the entire ticket with 375.

  • Yager, Joseph to speak at Kingston library programs

    May will be a busy month at Kingston Public Library.

    State Sen. Ken Yager will discuss his role as Roane County’s representative in the upper house of the Tennessee General Assembly during the May 15 Thursday Night at the Library program.

    The program begins at 6 p.m.

    Timothy Joseph will be on hand the following week, on May 22, to talk about his new book, “My Water Path.” It’s a return visit for Joseph, who recently presented a program on the Manhattan Project.

  • OS library to kick off summer reading program on May 18

    Oliver Springs Public Library will kick off its summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”, with a special party.

    The party will be at 2 p.m. at the library at 610 Walker Ave.

    Parents may register their children at the party, or they can beat the rush by registering beginning May 12 at the library.

    The summer reading program is free and open to ages 4-10. Special activities, prize drawings and storytime are a few of the things on tap this year.