Local News

  • Second Chance chili supper set

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 15th annual chili supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Kingston Community Center.

    The meal, available for a $5 donation, includes chili with toppings, dessert and drink.

    Proceeds will help Second Chance in its work to aid those who are unable to afford to spay and neuter their pets.

    The nonprofit group also provides pet food to pet owners unable to afford to buy it.

  • Workshops to focus on business with government

    A free workshop on doing business with the government is set next month in Oak Ridge.

    The workshop, a partnership between Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center under the Leadership of the Center for Industrial Services, will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 18 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Comerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Robotics team chili supper Saturday

    Roane County’s student robotics team will be hosting a chili supper and silent auction on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center.

    The cost is $5 for a meal that includes chili, dessert and drink.

    Vegetable soup and white chicken chili is also available.

    More than 80 items donated from local merchants or handmade will be up for bid.

    The money raised will help pay for the costs of the robotics competition.

  • More growth in Midtown?

    A developer hinted at new prospects for property adjacent to the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    Robert Bowen attended a recent Harriman City Council meeting with news that a partner is willing to do the work to extend Pinnacle Drive to their adjacent property.

    However, Bowen was faced with the news that the mediation between the city and the Pinnacle Pointe developers had not been finalized yet earlier this month, which might put the plans on hold.

  • Schools deal with first districtwide accreditation effort

    AdvancED, an accreditation agency, was in town this week to conduct a review of the Roane County school system.

    “In the past we have done individual schools,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “We have never done a district accreditation in which they look at the whole district together, so this is a new experience for us.”

    Aytes said the school system contacted AdvancED for the review.

  • County hires veterans services officer

    The county has hired Brian Dunn to serve as its veteran service officer.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Dunn’s first day on the job was Tuesday.

    “I would like to thank all the highly qualified candidates who applied for the job,” Woody said. “The veterans and their families will greatly benefit from this new office.”

    Dunn, who lives just outside the city of Rockwood, said he’s excited about the job. His military career includes service in the Air Force and Army.

  • Grill-N-Pub push delayed again

    The Roane County Beer Board didn’t turn down Roma Christopher’s application for a permit on Tuesday. The board didn’t approve it, either.

    Chairman Randy Ellis said Christopher’s attorney – Mike Ritter of Oak Ridge – asked for a continuance because he was sick under a doctor’s care. That was news to Christopher, who showed up and was prepared to present her case.

  • Fresh look at Cherokee history

    For the first time in intertribal history, the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host “Cherokee Days,” a public educational program that shares the Cherokee story.

    The event is April 3-5 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

  • Alleged meth lab in Rockwood


    Rockwood Police found what is believed to be a methamphetamine lab on Tuesday evening in the Evans Heights neighborhood.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright credited his police officers for their community patrolling.

    Officer Brandon Smith was driving when he saw Raymond Earl Racey, 33, 479 Bullard Rd., Harriman, and knew he had an outstanding warrant and followed him back to an apartment in Evans Heights.

  • RCHS debuts grand band room

    With a steadily growing band and a dedicated leader, Roane County High School proudly unveiled its new band room at a concert Tuesday.

    “I’m blessed to have this facility,” said band director Zack Williamson.

    The $804,000, 5,000-square-feet facility was filled with those wishing to have a sneak peek at the building funded by part of the TVA funds given to the Roane County school system as reparation for the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill in December 2008.