Local News

  • Swan Pond complex offered viewing

    A couple dozen people showed up for a solar eclipse viewing event hosted by Roane County at the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “I love it,” Clinton resident Margo McKamey said of the location. “It’s fabulous. You’re going to be able to see the horizons all the way around, viewing for miles.”

    McKamey was accompanied by her husband and two daughters.

  • Kingston brings Frisbee golf — and a lifetime commitment

    There’s no way to be sure how many people in Roane County viewed the total eclipse of the sun Monday afternoon — but it could have been tens of thousands.

    Roane Countians held viewing events on their boats, in their backyards or with visitors from around the world at venues including Fort Southwest Point, Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex, Harriman Public Library, Swan Pond Sports Complex and Roane State Community College.

  • The search for ECLIPSE GLASSES

    Do you have your eclipse glasses ready for today’s big show?

    If the answer is “yes,” you’re one of the lucky ones.

    People seeking the protective eyewear to view the solar eclipse were desperate late last week — and merchants and others who had them for a brief while were inundated.

    Rockwood’s Live and Let Live Drug Store is in the midst of an eclipse-themed promotion, including selling the protective wear that quickly sold out.

  • School system shortens shorts policy

    Top of the knee wasn’t working for some, so the Roane County Board of Education made another change to its dress code policy on Thursday.

    The portion of the policy that said “Shorts must be of age-appropriate modest length – top of the knee for grades 6-12” was changed to “Shorts must be of age-appropriate modest length – mid-thigh for students in grades 6-12.”

  • Harriman squeaks by with no tax increase

    While Harriman’s budget has been finalized for the next fiscal year without a property tax increase, officials warn  of the necessity of something in the future.

    Councilman Buddy Holley said he feels it’s a good thing the tax rate remained  unchanged this year despite lower unemployment and a more positive countywide economic outlook.

    “Eventually, we are going to have to raise taxes,” he said.

    The city hasn’t had a property tax rate increase in about 15 years.

  • Mioduski makes change for kids

    Will Mioduski, a seventh-grader at Kingston’s Cherokee Middle School, believes in giving back.

    For the past four years, Mioduski has asked the guests at his birthday party not to bring presents for him.

    Instead, he requests donations to help others.

    “He’s always had a big heart,” said his mother Wendy.

    She said that Will  asked his parents several years ago if he could do something to help others.

    That’s when he asked his friends to bring change to his birthday party.

  • Putting His WORD to paper

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

    That’s what Jesus commanded his followers to do just before ascending into Heaven.

    Members of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church near Oliver Springs may not physically be able to circle the globe, but through Mount Pisgah Scripture Printing Ministry, the church is following Jesus’ commandment by putting the Word of God in the hands of millions throughout the world.

  • Banquet fundraiser to aid Oliver Springs park

    Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will have its fourth annual banquet and fundraiser at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in Oak Ridge DoubleTree Hotel at 215 S. Illinois Ave.

    Lt. Gov. Randy McNally will be the guest speaker.

    Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table.

    All proceeds go toward the preservation of the heritage of the African-American community, education and development of Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs.

  • Injured student believed asleep

    Roane County school officials believe a Ridge View Elementary School student was asleep when he fell out of his bus seat Wednesday morning.

    “What I can confirm is that from what we understand right now we had a child that fell asleep on the bus this morning and fell out of the bus seat,” said Director Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Weed-killing chemicals among issues

    A meeting of the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council at the Rockwood Community Center this week turned into a debate among residents over the non-native weed eradication effort.

    Residents have publicly expressed concerns about the use of herbicide to treat areas near the Rockwood water inlet.

    Council Chairman Tim Joseph began the meeting with a discussion on the definition of and potential dangers of invasive species in the lake system.