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Today's News

  • Tigers cap perfect season with title

    Beating a good team twice in one season is never easy, but that's just what the Rockwood Middle School Tigers did Thursday as Scott Harvey's squad defeated Cherokee 14-8 to capture the Clinch Valley Conference Championship.

  • Parker brings optometry practice home

    Dr. Robert Parker, a fourth-generation Kingstonian and former Kingston optometrist, has returned to his hometown to reopen his practice.
    Parker is back in the area after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps and as an independent contractor. He and his wife, Kingston native Elaine Toon Parker, both have family in the area and plan to retire in Kingston.

  • Coffee beans, brake fluid a recipe for Friday traffic snarls

    By Katie Hogin and Terri Likens, Roane Newspapers
    A Friday morning truck accident on Interstate 40 led to headaches for motorists all day and into the night.

    A collision involving a parked tractor trailer rig and one that was moving happened around 8 a.m. on the eastbound lane just east of Gallaher Road.

    The collision resulted in a spill of coffee beans and slippery brake fluid.

  • Parker brings optometry practice home

    Dr. Robert Parker, a fourth-generation Kingstonian and former Kingston optometrist, has returned to his hometown to reopen his practice.

    Parker is back in the area after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps and as an independent contractor. He and his wife, Kingston native Elaine Toon Parker, both have family in the area and plan to retire in Kingston.

  • Rockwood council, water board meeting on new days

    Those with an issue to take before Rockwood City Council or the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board during this month’s meeting will need to wait a little longer.

    The meeting dates and times have been shuffled around for both governmental bodies, with the permanent changes approved by ordinance in September and becoming effective in October.

  • Keeper sustains tiger scratch

    A keeper at Tiger Haven was injured by one of the big cats on Friday.

    Roane County E-911 received a call at 10:21 a.m. about a tiger biting a woman on the leg.

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency concluded it was a scratch, not a bite.

    Agency spokesman Don King said he was briefed on the incident by TWRA captive wildlife coordinator Walter Cook.

    According to King, the keeper was feeding the tiger. She turned around, and the big cat swiped her on the back of the leg, King said.

  • Out to Lunch: You'll want to gobble up the goodies at Owen's

    By Bethel Poston, For Roane Newspapers

  • Rockwood getting creative with Halloween celebration

    Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates are taking over Rockwood once again for the annual Halloween street party.

    The downtown will be eerily spooky come Oct. 30.

    “We going to have some entertaining decorations,” promised coordinator Susanne Fischer. “We’re going to try to create some ambience.”

  • Group aids employers in Roane

    Roane County employers now have a forum in which they can talk over workforce and human-resources issues.

    The Roane County Employer’s Association meets monthly for networking, lunch and a speaker who addresses som e aspect of workforce or human resources issues.

    “I feel strongly that this group provides a good avenue for each of our employers to learn about issues concerning workforce, as well as to network with others in similar circumstances,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • Cities' tax rates told

    The Roane County Commission adopted a certified tax rate last week.

    Now, it’s the cities’ turn.

    The state has calculated certified tax rates for Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood in the wrap-up of a countywide property reappraisal year fraught with opposition and appeals in light of what many landowners believe are overinflated numbers.

    Harriman’s certified tax rate is $1.19, and Kingston’s is $1.08.

    The certified tax rate for Rockwood is 75 cents.