Today's News

  • Goss recipient of RSI scholarship

    Roane County High School 2015 graduate Lonnie Goss is among the recipients of eight scholarships awarded by Restoration Services Inc. and its voluntary Employee Outreach Committee.

    Goss was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to help her achieve his greatest potential through higher education.

    She plans to attend Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville.

    Scholarship recipients were selected from submitted applications that included academic accomplishments, community involvement and leadership roles, and an essay on current environmental threats.

  • Kingston Elementary honors: 2014-15 school year

    Kingston Elementary School applauds students who earned Student of the Month honors and fifth-grade honor roll for the 2014-15 school year.

    They are:


    Kindergarten — Eli Walker, Mackenzie Raymer, Brody Kolski, Layla Kleiber, Mary Armstrong and Brooklyn Flowers.

    First grade — Matthew Warren, Austin Bridges, Mason Ragsdale, Tyler Howard, John Howell and Loralei Bennett.

  • Shelter scholarships given to Rockwood, RCHS grads

    The Shelter Insurance Foundation awarded $2,000 scholarships to Brandon Nichols, a graduate of Rockwood High School and Linzee Clark, a graduate of Roane County High School, Kingston.

    Shelter Agent Mark Clem sponsors and partially funds this scholarship.

    Beginning the fall after their high school graduation, Nichols and Clark can direct the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees, or campus housing for any course of study and leading to an academic degree at any accredited college or university.

  • Roane State Awards 2015: Kingston’s Childs recipient of President’s Award, highest honor

    Jake Childs of Kingston is the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award at Roane State Community College.

    The President’s Award is Roane State’s highest student honor.

    He is among the many students from Roane County who received honors for their work during the 2014-15 academic year.

    Childs was also the recipient of Roane State’s Calculus-Based Physics Award, All-Tennessee Academic Team, Academic Achievement Learning Center Tutor Award (Harriman) and Sophomore Math Award.

  • Pemberton’s first case overturned

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals has reversed Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton’s decision to toss out a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the Kingston Hardee’s.

    “We conclude that the trial court erred in granting the motion for summary judgment,” the Court of Appeals said in an opinion released on Monday.

    The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to Roane County Circuit Court for further proceedings.

  • Tax official says past dustups no problem

    Despite a history of run-ins, Property Assessor David Morgan said he’s prepared to work with Roane County Board of Equalization Chairman T.H. Brown.

    In March, Brown sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody regarding possible “spot reappraising” that has occurred under Morgan’s watch.

    The letter has sparked a review by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    The county board convenes each year to hear appeals from property owners who are unhappy with their assessments.

  • Abduction attempt tales not confirmed

    Several local women across social media are sharing stories of being followed or almost being abducted.

    On Monday, no police reports had been filed in any incidents, including one from a woman who reported an incident at Rockwood’s Walmart on Saturday.

    “When they (Rockwood police) went down there Saturday night, the complainant was already gone,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Other agencies in Roane have said they have not received any reports of victims being followed or any attempted kidnappings.

  • New principal hired for OSHS

    Justin Nivens has been hired as the new principal at Oliver Springs High School.

    “He’s an Oliver Springs alumnus,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “His mom and dad both taught in that community for years.”

    Nivens was at Clinton High School in Anderson County this past school year.

    “He’s coming home,” Aytes said.

    Aytes said Nivens was a teacher at Clinton, where he also had some part-time administrative duties.

  • Class ranking policy issue remains unresolved after meeting

    A revision to the Roane County Schools class ranking policy will undergo further review. The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to send it back to committee.

    The revised policy was on the agenda for second reading Tuesday, but board members raised concerns.

    “I think we ought to get the two or three things worked out,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

  • Much of reappraisal done, concerns on Morgan remain

    Jason Mumpower, chief of staff for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has issued an update on Roane County’s 2015 reappraisal.

    The comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments took over the program earlier this year.

    “The division is working toward the completion of its three-phase reappraisal plan,” he said in a memo sent to officials on Wednesday. “The division believes many of the major valuation concerns and system issues have been addressed and resolved.”