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Today's News

  • OUT to LUNCH: Fiesta Time Grill great for birthday and family gatherings

    Readers know my wife, Carol, and I like to include family, friends and acquaintances in our “Out to Lunch” adventures. This article, counting Carol and myself, includes 11 family members, five of whom are our great-grandchildren.

    Our son Barry and his wife, Judy, drove over for a visit from Charlotte, N.C., with their grandson, Knox. They were entertaining Knox while his parents, their daughter Shelley, and her husband, Josh, were in China completing an adoption of a brother for Knox.

  • Roane jobless rate rebound continues

    Things continue to look bright for employment in Roane County.

    Statistics released by the state late last week showed the county’s July unemployment rate at  5.6 percent.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that rate is 0.1 percent lower than in June.

    It’s significantly lower than a year ago, when Roane County posted a jobless rate of 6.8 percent.

  • Rockwood blocks street to detain man

    A former Rockwood man accused of two counts of attempted murder in Monroe County is in custody after Rockwood police found him Friday morning.

    Brian Saylor, 34, first fled from area law enforcement late Thursday.

    “We got some information he was at a house in the area,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Saylor was found with a semi-automatic weapon, but he was taken into custody without incident.

  • She’ll be 100 and COUNTING

    Rachel Robinette is reveling in reaching her milestone 100th birthday.

    The Rockwood resident was treated to an early celebration     on Aug. 21, with a reception at Rockwood First Presbyterian Church hosted by the church’s Women’s Association.

    “Honey, not many people get to be 100 years old,” she said.

    “Miss Rachel’s” official birthday is Aug. 30, but her party was more than a week early due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Area lawmen pay respects to officer slain in Maryville

    Law-enforcement agencies within Roane County offered condolences to the Maryville Police Department last week.

    The expressions of support came after Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats was shot and killed responding to a domestic incident in Blount County on Thursday.

    “Our thoughts and prayers to the family of the fallen officer and to our brothers and sisters at Maryville Police Department,” the Kingston Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page.

  • Couple found with stolen truck, drugs

    A man and a woman were found with suspected drugs and a stolen truck at the Lakeview Inn in Kingston last week.

    According to the warrant, Kingston police were dispatched to the motel to investigate a strange odor coming from room 31.

    The occupants of that room were identified as Timothy Menges and Mary Miller.

    “Upon looking under the mattress, I found a blue case,” Kingston Police Officer Brent Barger said in the warrant.

  • Safety, quality teachers priorities for Roane County school system

    The Roane County school system is still in a “visioning” mode, trying to decide what it wants to accomplish, recently hired director of schools Leah Watkins told the Harriman Rotary Club Thursday.

    “We’re still trying to decide what we want to provide and what can we fiscally support,” she said in response to a series of questions from Rotarians interested in everything from advanced language classes to redistricting and consolidation.

  • Harriman officials may appoint interim finance officer, judge

    From staff reports
    Harriman City Council will discuss Tuesday how to proceed with chief financial officer and judge appointments.

    After the 6 p.m. workshop, officials may take action at a special-called meeting at 7 p.m.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms recommended waiting until the entire Council can be present to interview candidates.

    A number of Council members are expected to be absent Tuesday.

  • O’Toole named MHS basketball coach

    The search has ended for boys basketball coach at Midway High School.

    Longtime Midway Middle School coach Justin O'Toole has been named as the Green Wave coach, replacing Jon Leffew who was relieved off his duties last spring and transferred to Harriman Middle School.

  • Rockwood’s chances to repeat as Region 2AA champs hurt

    Rockwood’s hopes of repeating as Region 2-2A champions took a serious hit Friday night, as a slew of injuries and a relentless Sweetwater ground attack allowed the Wildcats to leave Civilian Field with a 34-13 victory over the Tigers.

    “Our kids played hard, we just got devastated by injuries,” Rockwood head coach John Webb said. “The injuries limited what we could do offensively. We had to cut our play sheet in half. Then it carried over to our defense because we couldn’t put enough pressure on them with our offense.