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Today's News

  • Summit to address lack of housing for Roane area workers

    When it comes to bringing more jobs to the county, the future looks promising, according to officials.

    With that comes some concerns, however.

    “If you have a big industry that locates at the old K-25 site or any particular site, where will these employees live?” Roane County Executive Ron Woody asked.

    “There’s a good chance they wouldn’t live in Roane County.”

    Woody and The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell said they believe a lack of housing is the issue.

  • Car crashes into area apartment

    The Kingston fire and police departments responded to Lakewood Village Apartments on Tuesday after a resident drove her car onto a concrete porch of one of the units.

    The crash happened around 11:30 a.m.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said the driver was having a medical episode and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

    “Luckily there was nobody sitting on the front porch,” Gordon said. “It took all the chairs and stuff off the front porch and then struck the door of (apartment) 319.”

  • Add pedestrian safety to back-to-school list

    As summer comes to an end and the classroom roll call begins, 50 million children across the United States are heading back to school.

    With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.

    The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children – over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3-7 p.m.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: il Duce Trump and Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Gentle reader, since the present presidential campaign started, and Donald J. Trump got into the fray, we’ve had the feeling that we had seen him before under other circumstances, but we could not recall where or when.

    But, a few days ago, all of a sudden the thought struck: It was not The Donald we had seen, but il Duce.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Embarking on a new adventure

    Since I joined the Roane County News in April I’ve been taking a crash course in local history, government and community activities.

    I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about the issues this county faces and the various elected officials, offices and community resources available to address these issues.

    Wednesday morning, I embarked on a new educational venture that will go a long way toward helping me get up to speed.

  • Officer fires gun in Rockwood school

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a gun inside Rockwood Middle School on Thursday. It happened during an exercise.

    Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gun shot sounds like.

    “I got the idea from the FBI and a school system in Berkeley County, South Carolina,” Wright said. “Here’s the precautions we took – we put every member of the school personnel, cafeteria workers, custodians and all teachers in a room with me.”

  • RHS, OS seeking replacement game for TCPS

    The Rockwood and Oliver Springs football teams will have another open date this season, as Tennessee Christian Prep School in Cleveland will be not playing because the lack of players.

    That leaves Coach Larry Green's Bobcats with open dates Aug. 26 and Oct. 21, while Rockwood will have an open date Sept. 2 and Sept. 30.

    Both coaches are still trying to find a replacement for TCPS.

  • Harriman golf team to make noise in district this fall

    The Harriman golf team has kicked off their season and  are looking to make some noise this fall.
    Corey Mashburn returns for his seventh season as coach for the Blue Devils men’s and women’s golf team. Mashburn is very excited about the upcoming season.

    "This team is full of great kids that are a joy to be around," said Mashburn.

  • OS golfers practicing hard for new year

    The Oliver Springs golf team hit the course this summer practicing hard for seventh-year head coach Matt Headden.
    "They are anxious to get rolling with the season and make some strides towards a good season," said Headden.
    The Bobcats lost only one senior off last year's team and replacing him won't be an easy task, as he qualified for the region tournament.

    Seniors Matt Gaylor and Logan Forysthe are looking to fill that gap.

  • Rockwood Middle School announces changes for jamboree

    Rockwood Middle School will be hosting a jamboree Saturday, Aug. 13, on Civitan Field; however, there is a change in the schedule, since Oakdate is not fielding a team and CAK is not participating.

    Varsity and junior varsity teams from Lake City, Wartburg, Midway, Coalfield, Harriman, Oneida, Spring City, Cherokee, Rockwood and Oliver Springs will be participating.