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Today's News

  • Holloway heads up Y-12 Federal Credit Union office in Farragut

    Rockwood native Tim Holloway is the new branch manager at Y-12 Federal Credit Union’s Farragut Branch.

    Holloway has been in the financial services field more than 20 years.

    Prior to joining Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Holloway worked for a bank in Roane County and has served as a part-time Lenoir City police officer for five years.

    A 2006 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Tennessee and an associate’s degree from Roane State Community College.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Tommy’s has lots of good eats

    Readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles may remember that occasionally I like to explore unique and out-of-the-way places to eat.

    I want to thank Hugh Willett, Roane County News editor, for suggesting an “Out to Lunch” adventure at Tommy’s Over The Hill Grill. It’s in the Stop-N-Shop, just off Interstate 75 at 16571 Hwy. 72, in Loudon.

    Many times we’ve gone by what I thought was only a Stop-N-Shop market. I never realized it was what we now discovered to be – A GREAT PLACE TO EAT.

  • RedZone Performance now open
  • Dollar General opens in Ten Mile

    Dollar General’s newest store at 9820 Hwy 68 East in Ten Mile is now open to offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials.

    “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

  • State may break employer tax credits record

    The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development marked a milestone in June after issuing more than $215 million of Work Opportunity Tax Credits to employers across the state.

    The 2017 year is on pace to be a record-breaking year for the tax credits program in Tennessee.

    During the first six months of 2017, the state received 162,795 tax credit applications and approved 83,385 of them, totaling $215,445,800 in tax credits for employers.

  • Heroes take the FALLS

    When Garrett Crandell decided to surprise his girlfriend, Harriman’s Haley Goldston, with a hiking trip to Cummins Falls State Park near Cookeville, little did he know that their July 5 adventure would be a day the duo would never forget.

    “I told her mom but I didn’t really tell her because I wanted it to be a surprise,” said Crandell, a Roane State Community College sophomore.

  • Wanted: Principal at Roane Co. High

    It looks like Roane County High School will have a new principal when the 2017-18 school year starts next month.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Lance Duff, who had been principal at Roane County High since 2009, is now the system’s CTE director. His replacement at the high school has not been named.

    “We’re still in the interview process right now, so nobody’s been named yet,” Watkins said.

    CTE stands for career and technical education. Watkins said the system currently offers several CTE programs.

  • Sound off about Kingston

    A strategic visioning workshop at Kingston City Hall this week will provide residents with a unique opportunity to participate in the government decision-making process.

    The “Kingston 2030” workshop is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22. Members of City Council and various committees will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

    “We really want the public to say what kind of city they want going forward,” said City Manager David Bolling.

  • Body of evidence turns out to be rope

    Authorities believe a man mistook a piece of rope for a body while fishing near Ladd Landing last week.

    After he reported finding a body in the water, rescue boats and divers searched the area. They didn’t find a body, but did find the rope with a lure attached to it.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Greg Scalf said they believe the lure belongs to the fisherman who made the report.

    “We took it seriously,” Scalf said about the man’s report of a human body. “You have to.”

  • New contract for schools director

    A new contract for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins was unanimously approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Thursday.

    “I think she’s done a great job,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said. “She’s been under a lot of pressure, and she’s handled it well.”

    Watkins was an instructional supervisor for the Paris Special School District when she interviewed for the Roane County director of schools job in the spring of 2016. She beat out eight other candidates for the position.