Today's News

  • Berry trades for ambulance post

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry wasn’t going to let a chance to serve on the commission’s ambulance committee pass him by.
    He traded his spot on the in-lieu-of-tax committee with Commissioner Copper Bacon to get on the ambulance committee.
    Commissioners approved the committee assignments at their Oct. 18 meeting.
    Berry said he’s not sure why his name wasn’t on the ambulance committee list to begin with. He’s been outspoken about financial problems facing the ambulance department.

  • New roof planned for gymnasium at Rockwood Middle

    The Rockwood Middle School gym got a new floor not too long ago. Soon the building will have a new roof.
    The current roof is in need of repair and the Roane County Board of Education voted last week to replace it.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the gym has a rubber membrane roof on it. She showed the board pictures and explained the problem.
    “You can see that the seam is splitting,” she said.
    The estimated cost for the new roof is $66,000. 

  • Early voting down

    One of the perks for a hometown politician is being able to tell stories a local crowd can relate to. Dennis Ferguson, a Democrat from Midtown, used that to his advantage during a forum at Luminary United Methodist Church in September.
    “Unfortunately I don’t have 18 years worth of stories to tell you,” Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley said.

  • Swan Pond Circle Road closed on Election Day

    TVA will close Swan Pond Circle Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday – Election Day. Traffic will have to detour around the area during those hours.
    TVA said the closure is necessary to connect the east end of Swan Pond Circle Bridge to Swan Pond Circle Road and to excavate, grade and apply asphalt.
    “We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to restore the areas impacted by the spill,” TVA said in a message to the Roane County Community Advisory Group.

  • Rockwood may settle King suit

    A lawsuit that has been the source of friction between Rockwood officials may be close to a settlement.
    Rockwood City Council will discuss and possibly take action Tuesday to settle the lawsuit filed by Rod King, general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas, against council members Peggy Evans, Ray Collett and Bill Thompson individually and Rockwood City Council.
    The called meeting will start at 5 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Stansbury’s pencil drawing wins over viewers at ’10 Country Fair

    Jesse Stansbury’s pencil drawing was voted Viewers Choice in this year’s Kingston Country Fair.
    Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs were in charge of the competitions, which generated 187 entries.
    Best of Show entries were Minnie Beth Wright’s pickled okra and Christina Andrews’ crochet.
    Winners in each division and category with entries are:
    Division A: Needlework
    • Class 1, Afghan — Barbara Ricker, first; Martha Barding, second.

  • Three generations win

    Three first-place winners in this year’s Kingston Country Fair spanned as many generations in Mary Jane Jakubowski’s family.
    A quilt machine-pieced by Jakubowski and machine-quilted by her daughter, Cathi Gundlah, took top honors in Division B, Class 7.
    Gundlah’s “Magnolia Summer” hand-applique quilt was awarded the blue ribbon in Division B, Class 4.
    Jakubowski’s granddaughter, Angela Petrocelli, took first place with her counted cross-stitch piece in Division A, Class 9.

  • Midway falls in heartbreaker, 33-32

    It has been a few years since the Midway Green Waves failed to get a win during a football season, but it happened this season after a tough 33-32 loss to Tellico Plains Friday night at Midway.

  • OS downs Clay County, 34-27

    While it may not have been one of the more glamorous victories of the year for the Oliver Springs Bobcats, Garrett Miller's 306 all-purpose yards proved to be too much for the Clay County Bulldogs as the Bobcats survived to chalk up a 34-27 win. 

  • Tigers top Devils for district title, 34-12

    When the Rockwood Tigers dropped a 17-10 decision at Greenback in their District 3-A opener in week two of the regular season, hardly anyone believed the Tigers would be sitting atop the District 3-A standings at the end of the season.