Local News

  • Roane schools land on target list

    Roane County Schools is one of eight systems in the state considered high priority, according to the latest adequate yearly progress data released by the Tennessee Department of Education.
    Adequate yearly progress data looks at whether a school system or school is making gains in academic achievement in student performance on annual tests. It is a requirement under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind law.
    According to the state, a school system is designated high priority for not meeting benchmarks in the same subject area for two years.

  • Troubled bar in hot water again

    A week after it was the scene of a kiling, a Harriman Hwy. bar was the site of more trouble over the weekend.

    Law enforcement responded to a fight at the Grill and Pub Saturday morning.

    An unnamed woman called 911 just after midnight to report the incident.

    “She said all she needed was an officer with an (expletive) gun,” said the 911 report.

    Arriving deputies found  Emilio Smithwick and Bruno Ramirez fighting in the parking lot.

  • 'Aggressive action' key to problem at tavern

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was asked what he plans to do about the Grill and Pub during a sheriff’s liaison committee meeting on Monday.

    “We are going to aggressively pursue some type of action,” Stockton told the committee.

    The Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, is at 2224 Harriman Hwy.

    A homicide occurred outside the bar on July 23. This past Saturday, two people were arrested in the parking lot for fighting.

  • County looking to buy another white house

    Roane County is looking to purchase another white house near the new jail.

    However, County Executive Ron Woody said don’t expect a repeat of the county’s last “white house” episode.

    There are no plans to renovate this one for office space, he said.

    “The intent would be to purchase the property so we could have additional parking,” he said.

    The Roane County Commission meets on Monday at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • It's fishing rodeo time again

    Dennis Ferguson’s Fishing Rodeo for Kids  is being held Aug. 6 at Roane County Park .

    Free to children 5-14, registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and fishing starts at 8:30.  

    The rodeo was started by Ferguson, a former state representative, who promised the event would continue even after he lost his re-election bid last November.

    “I’m never going to stop it so long as I’m able,” said Ferguson, who added that he has it set up as a nonprofit.

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  • Math camps give kids a jump start to ease transition

    The transition from middle to high school math might not be as daunting for Alexis Tuttle.
    Last month she and dozens of other local students took part in some interactive math programs offered for rising freshmen and rising sixth-graders.
    “I really want to pass my freshman year, so I wanted to get help with my math and stuff,” said Tuttle, who will be attending Midway High School. “Hopefully, it won’t be as hard because I’ll already know some of it.”

  • Bowers opening may be delayed