Today's News

  • Mega school enrollment would top OR, Maryville

    Data from the 2016-17 Tennessee Department of Education report card includes enrollment figures for schools throughout the state.

    Roane County High School, Rockwood High School and Harriman High School had a combined enrollment of 1,509 in 2016-17. That was more than Maryville High School (1,246) and Oak Ridge High School (1,353).

    Roane County Schools is working on a plan that would put students from Roane County High, Harriman High and Rockwood High into a new consolidated high school near Roane State Community College.

  • School official says criticism of teacher pay ‘stupidity’

    Teacher pay came up during last week’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins provided the board with some data, which prompted a response from several board members.

    “We want to be up there past the middle on teacher salaries,” Chairman Rob Jago said. “We feel we have some of the better teachers in the areas.”

    Watkins said the average salary for “licensed personnel” in Roane County is $51,378.

  • Infrastructure tops Oliver Springs concerns

    The future success of Oliver Springs could be determined by how well the town manages a range of opportunities related to history, recreation and downtown redevelopment.

    Town leaders and about a dozen residents met at Oliver Springs Town Hall Saturday for a visioning exercise that explored economic development plans.

    “We want to get a vision of what Oliver Springs wants to do,” said Gary Human, regional director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

  • Community forum on opioids, heroin Friday at RSCC

    Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will have a community forum on heroin and opioids from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State Community College, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Community resource tables will be available at 5:30.

    The documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Live of an Opiate Addict” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction and a question-and-answer session.

  • Photogs encouraged to enter Obed contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for a photo contest and exhibit at Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Historical analogies can be blinding


    Last week’s announcement that longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame was a pleasant diversion from other news.

    But for this news junkie, historian and Braves fan, Chipper’s story offers a cautionary tale about learning from history. It, in turn, lends needed perspective on that other news.

  • Guest Column: TNReady reports valuable for all

    By Amy Barbra

    For Roane County News

    This year, I started my 11th year of teaching. I love my job and believe with all my heart that I have been called to do it.

    I love that feeling you get when you see your students achieve a hard-earned goal.

    Let me give you an example: One of my favorite students so far has been Eric. Eric came to me struggling academically. He had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I saw so much potential.


    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition is trying to get the word out about Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

    The initiative aims to curb prescription drug misuse by advocating for people to count their pills, lock up their medications and drop off expired or unused medications for disposal.

  • Saturday Store something to bark about

    A great way to shop and support a worthy cause will be popping up —literally — at 110 North Kentucky St., the former location of the Roane County Republican Party across from Rite Aid.

    Outdoor Kingston is holding The Saturday Store, a pop-up store where two pop-up businesses will be at the location every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The first pop-up will be Feb. 3 and feature Jewels and Threads, an upscale women’s consignment shop, and Just Kidd’n Ewe Farms, a vendor that makes products such as soaps and lotions from goat milk.