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Today's News

  • What’s the SCORE?: How do you want your customers to describe you?

    A well-known observation is that a significant source of new customers for many businesses is word-of-mouth advertising.

    Keep in mind the negative side of this. Bad comments can drive away prospective customers.

    Traditional statistics are that customers tell three to five people, and dissatisfied customers tell 10 people.

    What has been the impact of the internet on this? A ten-fold increase? A hundred-fold increase?

    It depends on the size and characteristics of your business.

  • ARRESTS: June 3-7

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.  
    June 3 – Richard Kyle Davis, 33, 259 Woodland Drive, Harriman: unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation other than law enforcement, driving on revoked/suspended license.
    • Jarrett Dewayne Ivey, 18, 768 Foster Road, Lenoir City: reckless driving, underage consumption, contributing to the delinquency of minor, simple possession or casual exchange.

  • Property transfers: March 14-16

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    March 14 — From Mary E. Trunk to Timmey Tuggle by warranty deed, Dist. 3, River Bend Estates, Lot 43, $117,000.
    • From Fikret Gencay and Shannon Conley Clerk and Master, to Roane County by deed, Dist. 1, Map 26F, Group H, Control M, $0.
    • From Fikret Gencay and Shannon Conley Clerk and Master, to Roane County, deed, Dist. 1, Map 26F, Group G, Control M, $0.

  • No tax increase in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council approved its fiscal 2017 budget with no tax increase and enough left over to tackle a couple of badly needed projects.

    “I feel very good about it,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “There is no tax increase. We were able to help our employees with our health insurance.”

    Miller credits City Administrator Becky Ruppe, finance officer Belinda Puckett, department heads and the past mayor and City Council for helping turn the city’s finances around.

  • Rockwood, Kingston teams beaten at Rocky Top

    The 2016 season ended sooner than the Kingston and Rockwood AA All-Stars would have liked, as both were eliminated in the Dixie Youth sub District 8AA Tournament at Rocky Top.

    Both teams did pick up a win in the tourney, as Kingston defeated Spring City, 7-6, Saturday morning, while Rockwood defeated Kingston, 20-15, Saturday evening.

    In between, Rocky Top defeated Kingston, 28-21, and they beat Rockwood, 14-10. Campbell County also beat Rockwood, 29-0.

  • County Commission recognizes Midway Lady Waves softball team
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Free power comes at a price

    I first saw Altamont Pass in 1982 when I was traveling through Northern California on the road from San Francisco up to the Sierras.

    As the road climbed higher through the golden-grass-covered hills, I was excited about the chance of seeing the Altamont Speedway where the infamous Rolling Stones free concert was held in December 1969.

  • Midway receives the Strength of America Award

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition announced Midway High School as a 2016 Strength of America award recipient.

    This award recognizes Midway High School to have represented the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs.

    Led by Ryan Minton to improve his school’s curriculum, Midway High was measured in four major categories: supervision, education, program, and facilities.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Bar as it was, Part XII, finishing the story

    Well, with Part XI of “The Bar as it Was”, concluding the tale of Roberts and Deatherage, I have just about finished the story of the active practicing bar as it existed at the time of my admission in 1959, however, there yet remains a small group of lawyers who earned their living through their skills as attorneys, but who did not engage in the private practice at that time.

  • File lacks details on transfer

    Jon Leffew’s personnel file didn’t provide any indication on why he was abruptly removed from his teaching/coaching position at Midway High School.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Leffew was the focus of a recent investigation conducted by his office.

    He said Detective John Mayes spoke with the mother of a female student during the investigation.

    No criminal charges were filed, and Stockton said school officials decided to handle the matter internally.