Today's News

  • Rockwood Police Department investigating accident with two confirmed dead

    Rockwood Police Department is investigating a car accident that took the lives of at least two individuals on Kingston Avenue Friday afternoon.

    In addition to two fatalities, two others were transported to area hospitals with unknown injuries.

    Initial reports were that three died in the single vehicle accident.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team was assisting on the scene.

    Look for more in the Monday, Jan. 9, edition of the Roane County News.

  • Y-12 Federal Credit Union promotes 4

    Y-12 Federal Credit Union has promoted four employees, including a regional branch manager overseeing the Roane County Branch.

    Rusty Curtis was promoted to the position after serving as branch manager in Sevier County.

    Curtis started working for Y-12 Federal Credit Union 11 years ago as an assistant manager. He has been in the banking industry for 23


    In addition to Roane County, he will oversee branches in Sevierville and Clinton.

  • Unemployment rate continues downward tick

    Roane County’s November unemployment continues to inch downward.

    The rate, 5.4 percent, is 0.1 percent lower than in October, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County jobless rate was recorded at 6.0 percent in November 2016.

    The downward trend also continues statewide and nationally. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 4.6 percent; the U.S. rate was 4.4 percent.

  • DOE board seeks members

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.

    The board is a federally chartered citizens panel that provides recommendations to the agency regarding cleanup activities across the Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 31.

  • all sales FINAL

    Rocky Top General Store in Harriman had a final sale on Jan. 7.

    The walls and shelves of the iconic store are getting bare as the last of the merchandise is sold off.

  • Business of the Month

    Roane Veterinary Hospital is the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s January Business of the Month.

    The presentation includes, from left, Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance; Marilyn Calfee, Chamber board chairwoman; Dr. Wes Cook, Roane Veterinary Hospital; Greg White and Glenda Johnson, G&G Gun Shop; Sandy Johnson and Ashley Whitson, Roane Veterinary Hospital.

    The full-service veterinary medical facility is at 300 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    It’s open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.


    Rockwood senior Lexie Hill was named to the  Tennessee Sports Writers Association as a forward on the Class A/AA team. This was the second straight season the Lady Tiger player has received this honor.
    "I had a good year," said Hill, who praised her teammates. "I love them all."

  • Lady Tigers stretched their winning streak to four games

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers extended their winning streak to four games after defeating Concord Christian Tuesday night in Knoxville.
    Cassidy Tilley, Zoie Hill and Lexie Hill led the Lady Tigers with 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
    Ashley Penland led Concord Christian with 23 points.
    Camryn Evans tallied four first-quarter points to give the Lady Tigers an 8-7 lead. Zoie Hill and Tilley were both 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Penland had four points for Concord Christian.

  • Midway Middle sweeps HMS

    It was a unique situation Thursday night, when the Harriman Middle School basketball teams traveled south of the river to battle the Midway Middle School teams.
    The circumstance was a bit unique, as the first game started at 5 p.m. rather than the normal 6 p.m. tip and the second was that the boys played first on eighth-grade night.
    The Lady Waves picked up a 30-21 victory over the Lady Devils, while the Green Wave bested the Blue Devils 43-32.

  • King aimed to uplift all

    By John Doloreaux

    Special to Roane County News

    As we look back in time to reflect on the many legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is critical to understand that his vision for humanity was not exclusive to the black race.

    King’s goal was to uplift the poor and forgotten, regardless of color. While he was a minister, he believed that human beings should not have to wait for an afterlife to gain relief from their corporeal suffering on Earth.