Today's News

  • VECustomers Share awards $2,500 to three Roane organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in December.

    Groups collecting grants include Midway High School PTO, which received $1,000; Midway Middle School’s Beta Club was awarded $750; and the Midway Hall of Fame garnered $750.

    VECustomers Share, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4 million to various community-service organizations.

    The program is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service area.

  • Fourth year of U.S. Bank support


  • Don’t fall behind on filing your taxes

    The failure to file a federal tax return can be costly.

    The IRS recommends that taxpayers file their return as soon as possible and offers help, even with late returns. Some things to consider:

    • Penalties and interest. A delay in filing may result in a late filing penalty, as well as a late payment penalty and interest charges. The longer the delay, the more these charges grow.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Special food, special experience at Golden Girls

    Clinton’s Golden Girls Restaurant has been on our prospective list of “Out to Lunch” adventures for some time. We’ve eaten there several times in the past few years.

    “I’d like to go to Golden Girls today,” my wife, Carol, said as we reviewed the list, “We haven’t been there in a long time.”

    Golden Girls is at 2211 N. Charles Seviers Blvd. (Hwy. 61) near the Interstate 75 exchange, and next door to Arby’s.

  • Cherokee falls in 4 AAA title games

    Despite the best efforts of the Cherokee Lady Jackets, the size of the Cleveland Lady Raiders proved to be too much to overcome as the Lady Jackets dropped a 28-18 decision to Cleveland Thursday evening in the Area 4 AAA Tournament championship game. 

  • Lady Devils, Green Wave advance to Pigeon Forge

    The Midway Middle School boys and Harriman Middle School girls advanced to the TMSAA Class AA Sectional Tournament in Pigeon Forge with consolation round victories Thursday night in the Area 4 AA Tournament at Lenoir City.

  • RMS pulls off Area 4 three-peat

    Thursday night was another big night for the Rockwood Middle School boys basketball team as the Tigers won their third straight Area 4 AA Championship and 42nd game overall with an exciting 47-44 victory over Lenoir City on the Panthers home court.

  • School officials sort out contracts

    The Roane County Education Association wants to engage in collaborative conferencing with the Board of Education.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff informed the board about the association’s desire last month.  

    “We’ll be moving forward on that,” she said. “It’s not anything that’s been forgotten. It’s just that it takes a while to get into this new mode of doing it.”

  • I-40 mtg. set for Monday

    Rockwood’s committee focused on getting an Interstate 40 interchange and connector road at Hwy. 299 into the city will have its first meeting Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.

    Rockwood officials talked about the possibility of getting the interchange on the highway, which crosses I-40, and the connector road would replace the old Airport Road.

    The new road would come down the mountain into Rockwood Street.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Romney’s case shows rich not ‘job creators’

    As you well know, gentle reader, the principal reason set forth by the defenders of giving the extremely wealthy a “free ride”, insofar as the rate of taxation imposed on their income, is the assertion that these are the “job creators.”

    Now, this is a defence that they may or may not believe.

    After all, some folks can make themselves believe just about anything, no matter how preposterous.