• Bouncing good time coming to Rockwood

    The Shoppes of Walden Ridge will have a new business in six weeks and it will be aimed at children, as property owners Larry Allen and Jane Long are opening what will be an 8,000 square foot facility called Party Zone.

    The facility will feature bounce houses, an arcade, six party rooms and a concession stand designed for kids.

    “We’ve found out the kids in this county have nothing to do. They go to Knoxville or Crossville for something like this,” Allen said.

  • DAV puts on show at Victorian Square
  • Sizzle to help local business startups

    Proton Power, Inc. has entered into a partnership with the Roane Chamber and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center to create a center to support business startups.  

    Sizzle TechStart is the creation of Dr. Sam Weaver, President/CEO of Proton Power and his wife, Dr. Carol Jane Weaver, President of Sizzle.  Through partnerships with local economic development agencies, Proton Power hopes to duplicate the success it realized by utilizing the space where it began in 2007.

  • Victorian Square Thanksgiving feeds community

    Victorian Square Assisted Living Facility celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance on Saturday, Nov. 21.  
    Residents, friends, family and staff members gathered together for an evening of food and fellowship.  
    “Many times, adult children become caregivers of their elderly parents and set aside the roles of being a child, a mother, a son, etc.,” said Saundra Bandy, Victorian Square Marketing Director.  

  • No place like Roane for the holidays—Fran’s brings favorite time of year, only once a year

    Fran Caruthers enjoys the holiday season.

    She enjoys it so much that, for the past 17 years, she has opened her own business, Fran’s Tennessee Christmas, in the weeks and months leading to Christmas Day.

    “I just love Christmas,” she said. “This is the most relaxing thing you can do. I get to do what I want.

    “I had a chiropractic clinic that I ran, but it closed down. I got bored, and my kids talked me into opening a Christmas store and it’s gone from there.”

  • RMC makes top grade in patient safety

    Roane Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score rankings released by The Leapfrog Group.

    The Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

    “Our mission is to provide high quality care to the residents of Roane County each and every day,” said Gaye Jolly, chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.

  • Leadership Roane 2016 class introduced
  • Camping out for Fallout


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Jacob Harvey, Ryan Fink, Holden Winton, Tyler Koziel, Adam Brock, Andrew Collett, Blayne Crabtree and Tucker Goldston hang outside Gamestop in Rockwood awaiting the midnight release of new video game Fallout 4, a post-apocalyptic game centered on a character trying to survive the devastation left behind decades after a nuclear fallout.

  • Networking tips at seminar

    “Networking Now: The New Way to Develop Business” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.
    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and King University, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.
    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

  • Smokehouse has new look, expanded menu

    The location and management are the same, but the The Smokehouse Bar and Grill sure isn’t.

    What was once a small roadside eatery and tavern, is now a full-sized bar and restaurant, with a variety of meal options and evening activities for an across the board audience.

    Owners Jot and Brenda Raymond decided to completely gut and rebuild The Smokehouse earlier this year.

    They spent three months on the overhaul, which tripled seating - from 40 to about 130 - and expanded its floor space for live music, karaoke and big screen sporting events.