Today's News

  • News racks up 12 state press awards

    From staff reports

    The Roane County News received 12 awards at the University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association 2017 Newspaper Contest last week.

    “Once again the Roane County News has proven itself to be one of the best newspapers in the state,” said Publisher and General Manager Kevin Kile.

  • Ash spill cleanup contractor heading to trial in early ’18

    A federal lawsuit filed against Jacobs Engineering Group by ash spill cleanup workers is scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 29, 2018.

    A dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008, released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash. TVA hired Jacobs to provide oversight during the ash spill cleanup.

    The first of what would be several lawsuits was filed against Jacobs on Aug. 22, 2013.

  • Traffic stop delays court appearance

    Alissa Brock had a reason for being late to court on July 17.

    She was on her way and got stopped by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Joseph in the parking lot of First Baptist Church.

    “I observed the vehicle to have no tag and busted windows, leading me to suspect that the vehicle was possibly stolen,” the report said.

    “The defendant was asked to exit the car and she made the statement that the car belonged to her ex-boyfriend.”

  • Heat postpones Fishing Rodeo

    A summer family tradition has fallen victim to East Tennessee’s oppressive heat.

    Dennis Ferguson’s annual Fishing Rodeo for Kids — scheduled for July 29 at Roane County Park — has been postponed until fall.

    “It’s just so hot and humid right now,” said Ferguson, namesake and founder of the event that draws crowds to the banks of Caney Creek for camaraderie and hopes of the big catch.

  • CASA statewide campaign seeks help

    Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates has launched a statewide campaign aimed at attracting volunteers to close the gap between abused and neglected children in need of an advocate to represent their best interests with the goal of securing a safe, permanent home.

    It is estimated that 20,000 vulnerable children in Tennessee could benefit from a CASA volunteer each year as they seek a permanent solution while navigating the juvenile court system.

  • Look out for app said to urge harm, suicide

    The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network has fielded several inquiries from the public regarding the Blue Whale challenge, a cellphone app that reportedly encourages users to engage in acts of self-harm and ultimately suicide.

    Reports about the game and deaths connected to it, both in Russia where it apparently originated and in the United States, have prompted widespread media coverage as well as warnings from school districts and law enforcement agencies.

  • Lots of activities at Children’s Museum

    The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge offers special activities for children and families each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and on the third Sunday of each month.

    The activities, all free with admission, are:


    A new restaurant opening soon in Harriman will put a modern health conscious spin on an old fashioned American favorite.

    Burger Station 120 will open in September offering non-hormonal beef and chicken hamburgers and featuring locally grown organic produce.

    “I’ve got a little piece of California and a little piece of Texas,” said Kosta Angelos, a second-generation restaurateur whose family operated Union Café in Knoxville’s Market Square.

  • What’s the SCORE? Millennials part of plan for business

    By Dana Peterka

    At a recent meeting, several business managers were talking about millennials being snowflakes.

    Also, I have a nonprofit client, in a nearby county, who is working to understand the behaviors, attitudes and motivations of millennials as part of their strategic planning process.

    This prompted me to do research on generational differences with a focus on millennials.

  • Hear how to make search engines work for you

    There are over 3.5 billion webpages on the internet.

    How do you get yours noticed?

    That’s what Introduction to Search Engine Optimization will cover.

    The free workshop, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10, will be in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Jutta Bangs, director of the Oak Ridge Center’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center, will teach this introductory seminar in which those attending will be taught:

    What is SEO?

    What are keywords, and how to research them?