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  • Polk Salad Festival on the move to Rockwood

    The  annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival returns June 17 in a new location.

    This year’s festival will be in downtown Rockwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


    Amateur sleuths will get a chance to showcase their skills in a mystery dinner for a good cause.

    The murder mystery event, known playfully as WHODUNNIT?, is 7 to 9 p.m. June 17 at the Rockwood Event Center and raises money for the United Way of Roane County. 

  • Morgan County trio jailed on meth charges

     A trio from Morgan County were arrested on June 6 on methamphetamine charges after being stopped by Harriman police for expired registration

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  • Those who served taking on storm debris

    A group of veterans and civilian volunteers are showing that serving the country continues after their service in the armed forces by helping people in Roane County.

  • Health care going online

    A new in-school medical service offered to Roane County students this fall will provide a more convenient alternative to basic medical care.

  • Free dental clinics coming

    Roane County residents without dental insurance can seek treatment thanks to a cooperative effort between several agencies.

    A number of dental clinic opportunities will be offered in the coming months and organizers hope to build on that to make something even bigger.  

    “We are partnering with Roane State Community College dental clinic and Hiwassee College mobile dental unit,” said Dina Jackson, United Way of Roane County executive director.

  • Cutting ties with Kids Kabin a savings of $25,000

    After more than two decades, Roane County school children will be receiving occupational therapy from a different provider.

    Roane County Schools made the announcement on their website that they’re ending the relationship with Kids Kabin on Gallaher Road and going with Grace Rehabilitation Services.  

  • FEMA in Roane


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    A mountain of debris from recent storms sits at Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were in Roane County Thursday surveying the damage from the storms. 

  • Kingston struggles with towering issue

    Kingston officials may have to take action to prevent cellphone companies from setting up small cell towers in city rights of way.

    Councilman Tony Brown told city officials at a workshop Tuesday that municipalities like Kingston have been struggling with the same issue.

    “They’ve been dealing with this in Crossville,” Brown said.

    Unlike the traditional large cell towers that have historically been erected on private property, new equipment is smaller and capable of being installed on poles, buildings and even billboards.