Local News

  • Will Hurley show today?

    State Rep. Julia Hurley has yet to appear before the Roane County Commission to explain why she didn’t file a bill on its behalf.

    The request has been pending for nearly three months.

    When asked if she planned to attend the May 9 commission meeting, Hurley responded, “No. I am in session.”

    The General Assembly session ended on May 21.

    The commission meets again today – June 13 – at the Roane County Courthouse.

  • Rockwood charter gives no provisions for vice mayor title

    Rockwood doesn’t have a new vice mayor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t.

    The Roane County News mistakenly reported that the top vote-getter in Rockwood City Council elections is named vice mayor. In the June 7 city race, Jason Jolly polled the highest number of votes.

    However, it was later clarified that Rockwood’s tradition is for the top vote-getter on election years with a mayoral race will be nominated as vice mayor.

  • Crossville man charged with attempting to rob Rite Aid

    A Crossville man was arrested June 8 after he allegedly tried to hold up the Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Race Street in Kingston.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said officers entered the business with weapons drawn and were able to take down the suspect, Anthony Michael Cordaro, without incident.

    “The officers did a very good job of maneuvering through the store without being detected by the suspect,” Washam said.

  • Health care facilities on the grow

    While finishing touches are being added to the new Physicians Plaza in Midtown, which will open July 22, Covenant Health is in the process of starting construction on a new facility for Roane Medical Center.

    Covenant representatives plan to officially break ground later this year in anticipation of the new hospital complex.

    The 64-acre site will be home to a Covenant campus that includes a state-of-the-art hospital, larger and more accessible parking areas and new patient and family amenities with private patient rooms.

  • Old Glory down before Flag Day
  • New paint job for Old Courthouse
  • Peachy produce pickings
  • Having a ball at Cedar Grove VBS
  • Family gives hoot about injured owl

    Sixteen-year-old David Groves’ biggest brush with nature wasn’t on a recent camping trip, but on the ride back home.

    Groves and his mother, Dawn Umphenour, were traveling on Duncan Hollow Road around dusk on Memorial Day when they came across a young barred owl in the middle of the pavement.

    Wanting something to document the moment, Groves got out of the car to take a picture. He and his mother realized something was wrong when the owl didn’t make a move.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Phoebe, darlin', will you call home already?

    While many of you hunkered down in the air conditioning last weekend, I spent my days and nights comfortably outside.

    In fact, I snuggled deeper in my sleeping bag to stay warm on those nights.

    It was my annual late-spring camping trip — and it couldn’t have come soon enough.

    While I didn’t travel far, it was far enough to shake off my worldly cares for just long enough to make a difference.

    A small enclave of us camped creekside with the owners of the property.