Local News

  • Rockwood city worker found unconscious

    A Rockwood Park and Recreation employee was treated at Methodist Medical Center after being found unconscious at the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex last week.
    Mayor James Watts said employees found Mike Reed, who was transported by ambulance to Oak Ridge.
    “They put a stint in one of the arteries going to his heart. From what they tell me he’s doing OK,” Watts said.
    Watts said it’s not the first time that Reed has had health issues on the job and that he has heart issues.

  • Ferguson says no business will go to brother’s paving company

    Dennis Ferguson said the old adage of blood is thicker than water will not apply if he becomes Roane County road superintendent.
    “It don’t matter how thick it is,” he said. “My brother will not do no work for Roane County.”
    Greg Ferguson runs Ferguson’s Paving in Midtown. He’s done work for the county before.
    Some of the past jobs include sealing and restriping the parking lot of Kingston Elementary School and cleaning, sealing and striping a parking lot at Cherokee Middle School.

  • County takes wildlife agency to court on closed-road issue

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment against the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Roane County Chancery Court.
    A declaratory judgment is a judgment of a court which determines the rights of parties without ordering anything be done or awarding damages
    The county commission authorized him to do so by unanimous vote on July 9.
    At issue is what’s described in the complaint as “the Old Mountain Road,” which is located in the western part of the county. 

  • Kingston looks to double participation in triathlon

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross is hoping to double participation for the second annual Storm the Fort Olympic-distance triathlon scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25.
    Last year’s inaugural event drew 132 athletes from as far away as Texas.
    “Last year’s triathlon went really well,” Ross said. “Everyone loved the swim, loved the race and loved the run. It’s a fun event and brought a lot of attention to Kingston.”

  • Gala for writing scholarship a huge success

    The Roane Writers Group held a fundraising Gala on July 21 on Watts Bar Lake at the beautiful home of our hostess Margaret Brogdon of Rockwood.
    All donations and proceeds will be used to fund the Roane County Student Writing Contest Awards and Scholarship Program sponsored by the Kingston Public Library Foundation and The Roane writers Group.

  • Let’s get good restaurant near new hospital

    I was a school teacher in the Atlanta area for 38 years. I retired in 2008 and moved back to Tennessee to be close to my family.  I love the scenic mountains and lakes that surround us.
    Being from Atlanta, I was used to nice restaurants and retailers. The new Roane Medical Center on Hwy. 70 will be opening in 2013.
    This is an excellent opportunity for new businesses to locate in Roane County, but it seems new business growth is stymied in this county.
    I have heard from many sources as to the reasons for this lack of progress. This makes me very sad.

  • Generosity for Shriners’ effort to be commended

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals  across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The cost to operate these 22 hospitals is $1.7 million per day.

  • Help us shine spotlight on the best teachers

    Teachers have taken a lot of hits over the past year.
    We think it is time to get back to giving the best of them the credit they deserve.
    Starting in August, the Roane County News, in partnership with Jerry Duncan Ford, is starting a new educator of the month feature.
    We need your help, though.
    We are looking for people to tell us — in 150 words or less — why a particular Roane County teacher stands out among their peers.
    Include the teacher’s name, educational institution and, if you have it, contact information.

  • Mullins paid campaign, but not taxes

    Republican road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has given his campaign $7,000 since February, according to financial disclosure records.
    At the same time, thousands of dollars he owes Roane County in taxes have continued to go unpaid.
    Mullins didn’t return phone calls on Friday, but he was forthcoming about his unpaid taxes when interviewed earlier this month.  
    “It’s all the truth,” he said. “There’s no denying it. I do owe some taxes, and I’ve got a plan working to get it done.”

  • Shooting leaves 1 hurt, 1 charged

    Harriman police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a woman accused of shooting a 28-year-old man in the chest last week.

    Chris Watters was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via Lifestar late Tuesday afternoon.

    Less than 24 hours later, he was out of the hospital and sharing his story with Harriman Police Detective Jason Joseph.

    “Another quarter inch I would have bled out in less than 30 seconds,” Watters said before going to speak with investigators Wednesday.