Today's News

  • 'Pastors retire; preachers don't': Kelley, 86, still sharing God’s Word in Rockwood

    Exactly 45 years after his first sermon at Clymersville Baptist, members of Charles Kelley’s congregation gathered to wish him a happy 86th birthday and recognize four decades of service to the Rockwood church.

    Kelley preached his first sermon there on Aug. 13, 1967, when Clymersville was a mission of Rockwood First Baptist Church. Back then, there were nine members in the congregation. Today, Clymersville Baptist has around 300 members.

  • Roane teachers asked to enter Extreme Classroom Makeover

    For the fifth year, Oak Ridge Associated Universities will award an Extreme Classroom Makeover to an East Tennessee school teacher.

    The award provides $25,000 worth of the latest educational technologies, training and/or support.

    Teachers interested in competing must file their intent to apply no later than Sept. 7.

    This year, in an effort to increase eligibility, qualifying grades have been changed to include grades 3-10 public school math and science teachers and within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge.

  • Time for Music and Melons at Harriman Riverfront Park

    The annual Music and Melons celebration, presented by Babahatchie Community Band and Harriman Lions Club, will start at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Harriman Lions Club members will slice and distribute free slices of cold watermelon against a backdrop of Americana-defining music performed in Sunday afternoon concert style by the Babahatchie Community Band.

    Concert admission and watermelon are free.

  • OUR OPINION: Lee should step down from Rockwood board

    Roane County businessman William Edward “Eddie” Lee, who recently pleaded guilty to more than $280,000 in sales tax evasion, should step down from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board,

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts described Lee, the owner of a few convenience stores and tobacco shops, as a fine fellow.

    Watts said he did not know how Lee’s plea would affect his seat on the board.

    All we know is Lee was keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have gone to the government for himself.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: The election will be referendum on Medicare

    Gentle reader, as we were recently reviewing our notes for possible articles, which we drew up some several weeks ago, we found that we had written this: Should we have a great national referendum on the question of whether we want to continue with the Social Security programme and the Medicare programme?

  • Lawsuit over Ruby Tuesday’s mowing filed

    A property squabble with Ruby Tuesday in Harriman is now in the courts.

    Former attorney Gerald Largen has been going back and forth with Ruby Tuesday over the property he owns between the restaurant chain and Hwy. 27. He’s suing the corporation for $250,000.

  • Gala aids Roane treasure

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will hold its ninth gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 22.

    According to Mary B. Hines, chairman of the gala committee, a social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston with the program at 8 p.m. in our newly renovated courtroom.  

    A silent auction will include such items as a stays at regional hotels, tickets to local attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, art pieces and collectibles.  

  • Oliver Springs sweeps Kingston in youth football action

    The Tennessee Valley Athletic Association (TVAA) kicked off the regular season last Saturday with two programs earning sweeps on the road. Oliver Springs won all four games at Kingston and Spring City pulled off a sweep at Midway.

    Oliver Springs 

  • Randolph trying out for Team USA

    Harriman junior Chase Randolph is in Cary, NC this weekend trying out for a spot on the USA Baseball National Team.

  • RCHS gym floor delayed

    Unforeseen problems have slowed the work on Roane County High School's new gym floor.