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Today's News

  • Keevin Woody up for Milan post

    Roane County Schools Elementary Supervisor Keevin Woody is a candidate for the Milan Special School District’s director of schools position.

    According to the district’s website, Woody was scheduled to interview for the job at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That was after press time.

    “No comments at this time,” Woody said Monday.

    “We’ll just see what happens with it.”

    Milan is in Gibson County, which is in West Tennessee.

    The district has three schools, 2,041 students and 129 teachers.

  • Southern HOSPITALITY

    Saturday’s heat, humidity and stormy conditions were the perfect ingredients for a July day in East Tennessee.

    They were also the perfect ingredients for a traditional Southern barbecue ― particularly one that’s the epitome of Southern hospitality to help the area’s homeless.

    “This is what happens when everybody works together,” said Jennifer Watson over the hubbub of the crowd at Family Promise of Roane County’s inaugural barbecue cook-off. “And that’s what it takes.”

  • Brookdale makes residents feel right at home

    Editor’s note: This is a continuing series of stories on businesses that were voted No. 1 in the 19th annual Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. Brookdale Kingston was voted the top Assisted Living Facility in the contest.

    From staff reports
    Brookdale Kingston offers a homey environment for its residents who find themselves needing a little help with everyday activities.

    The facility, in Bradford Way, currently has 39 residents who live in comfortable, roomy and secure apartment-like settings.

  • What’s the SCORE? The unexpected could destroy your financial stability

    By Dana Peterka

    When I mention “disaster planning” in the Strategic Planning workshop I conduct for rural nonprofits in the greater Knoxville area, I get puzzled looks from the participants.

    I have found that the best way to make the concept understandable is by use of an example.

    I have a friend — and SCORE client — who operates a massage therapy business in Knoxville. A few years ago, he moved to a larger facility.

  • Midway groups recipients of VECustomers Share grants

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $3,000 in combined grants to Roane and Loudon county organizations in July.

    Groups receiving grants include Midway High Class of 2018 Prom Committee ($250), Lady Waves Soccer Club ($300), Midway Middle School Support and Outreach Committee ($450),  Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization ($550), Midway Quarterback Club ($600) and Midway Middle School Football Boosters ($850).

  • Y-12 FCU hires new coordinator

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has hired Betsy Cunningham as its new community and business development coordinator.

    In this role, Cunningham will be responsible for ensuring the credit union delivers on its mission to enrich the communities in which it serves, as well as working to develop relationships with its corporate partners.

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union serves Roane County customers from its offices at 1715 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.
    Cunningham previously served as communications coordinator for the Blount County school system.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Reclaiming our common humanity

     Horrific events like the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — bring out the best and the worst in the American character.

    After Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, many clergy who rarely, if ever, acknowledge the LGBT community in positive terms offered prayers for LGBT people — actually reciting the letters. This one, brief shining moment was both unprecedented and heartening.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Harriman

    Dear Harriman Citizens: Congratulations, dear citizens, each of you is about to become the proud owner of a lawsuit, each and every one of you.

    You did not ask to be, you didn’t know you were going to be, and you may not want to be, but you are.

  • Hickman tackling initiatives for rec

    Harriman’s recreation department dived into tournaments this summer after hiring recreation director Allen Hickman.  

    “I’ve held five so far,” he said. “I would guess about 30-35 teams were out of county.”

    Diamonds at Flour Mill Flats have been bustling. That could mean even more revenue for city businesses, because out-of-town teams spend money eating and staying in Harriman.

    “It takes a lot of time to do them, but the city directly benefits financially,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

  • From new hospital to downtown to Midtown

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has seen a lot change since he became active in city government.

    “I’ve done everything I think I can do or wanted to do,” the two-term mayor said, “so it is time for somebody with some new vision to come in and continue the progress.”

    The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell recently honored Mason with a certificate of appreciation for his years of service.