Today's News

  • Input sought in school director search

    The Roane County Board of Education has approved a timeline for hiring a new director of schools.

    The job will be posted from Feb. 14-March 15.

    Wayne Qualls, who the board hired to help with the search, will recommend 10 people for the board to interview.

    “You’re going to have a qualified person and a certified person,” Qualls told the board on Thursday. “Whether or not they’re going to be capable in your mind to do what you want them to do here will be the question you guys will have to answer.”

  • Never Too Old To Learn: Seniors on high-tech path in Mid-East’s computer classes

    Don’t be upset if Spencer Forbes hasn’t acknowledged your friend request on Facebook.

    The Roane County retiree is quick to admit he’s not social network savvy.

    “Well, I’ve got a Facebook account, and I have no idea how to use it,” he said. “My sister set it up for me, so I’m just wanting to get more knowledge ... I just feel like a dinosaur right now.”

  • TVA pulls funding for OES worker

    TVA no longer plans to cover the salary for one of the workers in the Roane County Office of Emergency Services.  
    TVA started paying Cheryl Nunley’s salary following the Dec. 22, 2008 fly ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant.   

    “We understand Ms. Nunley had responsibility for disaster training following the ... ash spill, and that TVA covered her wages for that purpose,” TVA said in a letter to County Executive Ron Woody. “Beginning, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, TVA will not continue to pay her salary.”

  • Kingwood fails to meet low-income funding criteria

    Kingston’s efforts to land a $500,000 housing grant hit a significant stumbling block when the community targeted for funding didn’t meet grant criteria, Kingston City Council members learned at a Feb. 7 workshop.

    Kingston had been working since the end of 2011 to make the February deadline for the Community Block Development Grant, a $500,000 housing grant that would have required no payback.

  • Age no hindrance for young Wamp

    Age hasn’t been an Achilles heel for Weston Wamp on the campaign trial.

    “I hear from people of all different ages that they’re encouraged that some young people want to step up into a legislative position at the federal level,” he said.

    Wamp, 24, stumped through Roane County last week. He’s seeking the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, which now includes all of Roane County after the recent redistricting.  

  • Move away from No Child Left Behind may benefit Roane schools

    Tennessee was one of 10 states to receive a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

    The White House announced the move last week.  

    “After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind, my administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher, more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility,” President Barack Obama said in a prepared statement.

    “We’re giving 10 states the green light to continue making reforms that are best for them.”

  • There she is ... Mrs. Signature ...

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation will be rolling out the red carpet on Feb. 29 for a pageant to name Mr. and Mrs. Signature, a title named for the parent company, Signature Healthcare.

    Connie Sheldon, quality of life director at Harriman Care, said she decided it would be a fun and festive way to boost the spirits of the residents of their facility and the other facilities in Signature’s East Tennessee Region.

    Those facilities include Mountain City, Pine Ridge, Greeneville, Pigeon Forge, Spring City, Rockwood, Harriman and Rogersville.

  • Registration under way for NASP State Championships

    Registration is under way for the sixth annual Tennessee National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championships will be held April 2-3 (Monday-Tuesday) at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro.

  • Race Winners
  • Jackets take two from Harriman

    Thursday night was a good night for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets as both teams picked up impressive victories over visiting Harriman.