Local News

  • Train museum plans change

    After many ups and downs over more than a decade, it was decided this week that a new facility for the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum at Heritage Center would not be built due to budget constraints. 
    The lowest qualified bid for the 3,315-square-foot facility came in at nearly $1 million — 26 percent more than expected. The Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee’s Heritage Center, LLC, along with SARM, determined that the cost was prohibitive to move ahead with construction.  

  • Odd Lots: Documenting the quirky side of Roane County


    A figure dressed to be a small child was intended to casually lean up against this 1957 Chevy, but instead looks more like a victim after it blew over at the Rockwood Thunder Road car show Saturday .

  • Quirky crime of the day

    Altered bar codes reportedly allowed a man to dupe Walmart last month.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the man purchased two PlayStation 3 games at 9:47 a.m. on March 24.

    “At about 1:22 p.m. the same day he returned two cheaper PS3 games that had the bar codes to the ones from this morning on them,” the report said. “He was able to get his full money back on the games as security did not catch the altered bar codes until later in the day.”   

  • Did you know

    ... that Oliver Springs falls into three counties?
    Parts of the town lie in Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties.
    You might think that’s unique in the state of Tennessee.
    You’d be thinking wrong.
    According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, three other municipalities fall into three counties.
    They are Johnson City (Carter, Sullivan and Johnson counties) in northeast Tennessee; Milledgeville (Chester, Hardin and McNairy counties) in southwest Tennessee; and McKenzie (Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties) in northwest Tennessee.

  • Truck and tractor show at Roane State Expo Center

    Truck and tractor enthusiasts can get an eyeful at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this weekend at the Roane State Community College Exposition Center.

    At noon Saturday, a truck cruise-in will start at Roane State and travel toward Rocky Top General Store in Harriman, and then down Hwy. 29 and Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 70 before heading back to the college.

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  • Soup's On! And it's all for the kids

    Volunteer Susie Dutton fills a bowl of Tuscany chicken soup for Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District’s inaugural Roane County “Soup’s On” event Thursday in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Homemade Tuscany chicken, Hunter’s chili and sausage potato soups were offered with bread and cookies.

    The event raised $2,806 to help provide services to severely abused children at the CAC.

    Board members, volunteers, county members and the faith-based community all donated time, money and resources for the event.

  • DA rips property assessor on job

    Instead of accusing him of having a personal relationship with Teresa Kirkham, District Attorney General Russell Johnson told Property Assessor David Morgan to worry about learning how to do his own job.

    “My best advice to you as a fellow public official is to concentrate on learning to do your job better,” Johnson told Morgan in a letter in late 2012.

  • Volkswagen opens its doors in Roane County

    Volkswagen’s $40 million, 400,000-square-foot warehouse-
    distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park had its first official day of initial shipment of inbound material last week. The center will distribute auto parts for the Passat, which is made at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. It will also distribute other Volkswagen and Audi vehicle parts.