Today's News

  • Vets honor service with sub replica

    Veterans of the U.S. Navy’s “silent service” have created a one of a kind scale replica nuclear missile submarine for use in parades and events.

    Members of the Smoky Mountain Base of U.S. Submarine Veterans built the more than 40-foot-long 1/10th scale replica of the 425ft U.S.S. Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) at a metal-working shop in Spring City.

    The replica sub presently parked in Kingston has appeared in veterans parades in Knoxville and won first prize in the Oliver Springs Christmas Parade last month.

  • Director eyeing new E-911 center

    One of the goals Mike Hooks has as director of Roane County E-911 is to leave the operation better than he found it.

    One of the things on his to-do list before he leaves is a new 911 center.

    “Our facility was built too small in 1993,” Hooks said. “We have came to the point with the advancement in technology and the need for more space for personnel in case of a disaster.”

  • Roads closer to county upkeep

    The Roane County Commission approved a resolution last week to cover the cost of a survey in Pioneer Village subdivision.

    The price tag was trimmed from $40,000 to $10,000.

    “Jimmy Hill, the surveyor that I’ve been working with on this, he’s indicating that the cost of the survey itself for all the roadways would be $4,850,” County Attorney Greg Leffew told Commission.

    Pioneer Village is south of Rockwood. Last August, the Commission voted 11-2 to accept portions of West Williams Road, Lake Overlook Road and Bournemouth Drive.

  • Joffrey Ballet tryouts at Arts in Motion

    Prestigious Joffrey Ballet School will be holding auditions for their summer intensive at Arts in Motion on Saturday, Jan. 20.

    “It is a huge deal Joffrey is coming here. It is a huge deal they have enough confidence in us to choose us as their East Tennessee location,” said Jennifer Austin, owner of Arts in Motion.

    The class-style tryouts will include auditions for ballet and hip hop for ages 8-25.

    Ballet registration is from 11 a.m. to noon with the audition at noon to 1:30 p.m.

  • Fire dept. seeks grant

    The Kingston Fire Department is hoping to upgrade fire equipment with the help of a grant.

    City Council last week unanimously approved the fire department’s application for the 2018 Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant.

    The $38,360 grant requires 5 percent, or about $2,000 in matching funds from the city.

    Fire Capt. Lisa Crawley said the grant request would be used to purchase new protective gear. Such gear is usually replaced every 10 years, she said, and Kingston’s equipment is getting close to that.


    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is stepping down at the end of her term.

    It’ll be a big change. Though Anthony was elected in 2006, she has been employed with the office for 42 years.

    “I was in an accident in May. That really did make me decide to retire, because I’ve been here since 1976. I wanted to get out of here and spend some time with family and travel and do those sorts of things,” said Anthony.

    “My last day will be Aug. 31.”

    She was a deputy clerk prior to seeking the office herself.

  • Who’s next? Clem, Johnson jockeying for office

    From staff reports

    The County Clerk is one of the more popular elected officials in Tennessee counties.

    The office’s duties of registering and annually renewing vehicle tags is often the only thing that brings some people to the courthouse.

    Their popularity means that most, like Roane County’s Barbara Anthony, have little to no opposition come election time.

    But all bets are off once they decide to retire.

  • Roane’s grad rate tops state’s

    The Tennessee Department of Education report card released last week shows Roane County Schools excelling when it comes to its graduation rate.

    The system still has some work to do on the ACT, however.

    The report card, which is released annually, provides a snapshot of how the state along with individual school districts and schools are performing. The latest covers the 2016-17 school year.

  • Inmates help at shelter

    Improvements and long-time needed maintenance at the Roane County Animal Shelter are going on thanks to some unsuspecting helpers.

    Inmates from the Roane County Jail are helping out at the facility by fixing the roof, making the dog room more comfortable for the pets who are waiting in kennels for someone to take them to their forever home.

    Shelter interim director Stacy McElhaney said that because of their assistance the shelter is spending less money on the projects and the savings can be used for other needed repairs in the building.