Today's News

  • Arby’s truck out of Roane

    The Arby’s food truck has made its last visit to Roane County — for now.

    Arby’s Chief Financial Officer Carrie Gandy said Walgreens management informed them on Friday afternoon the truck — a Wednesday mainstay in the store’s parking lot for more than a year — is no longer welcome.

    “We will not be returning anytime soon,” she said.

    Gandy said Walgreens management told her company’s officials they had received complaints from customers because the company does not pay Roane County sales taxes.

  • Roane feeling pinch of late tax bills

    In her five-plus years as Roane County’s budget director, Kaley Walker can’t recall a more challenging time financially.

    “This is the worst that it’s been, but it’s not to the point of not being able to pay bills,” she said.

    Local governments depend heavily on property tax revenue.

    It’s now more than four months into the fiscal year, and none has come in yet because the 2015 tax bills have not been sent out.

    In normal years, they go out the first of October.

  • RMC makes top grade in patient safety

    Roane Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score rankings released by The Leapfrog Group.

    The Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

    “Our mission is to provide high quality care to the residents of Roane County each and every day,” said Gaye Jolly, chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.

  • Camping out for Fallout


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Jacob Harvey, Ryan Fink, Holden Winton, Tyler Koziel, Adam Brock, Andrew Collett, Blayne Crabtree and Tucker Goldston hang outside Gamestop in Rockwood awaiting the midnight release of new video game Fallout 4, a post-apocalyptic game centered on a character trying to survive the devastation left behind decades after a nuclear fallout.

  • Networking tips at seminar

    “Networking Now: The New Way to Develop Business” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.
    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and King University, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.
    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

  • Leadership Roane 2016 class introduced
  • Probation issues go to committee

    The ad hoc committee that will study probation issues was named and approved at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    Those tapped to serve were District Attorney General Russell Johnson, General Sessions Court Judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks, Sheriff Jack Stockton and Commissioners Mike Hooks, Todd Fink, Greg Ferguson, Stanley Moore and David Bell.

    “We look forward to them working on the probation situation that we have and bringing us back a good report on how to proceed,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

  • Little Guy, Big Thanks
  • Tweaked fire call policy a better fit

    Harriman officials would like to see one key piece of wording in an agreement to have both its and Kingston’s fire departments responding to structure fires in each city.

    That wording would be that the nonjurisdictional agency would start responding if called, but it would not run emergency traffic — with lights and sirens — to the scene unless the first-responding agency notifies that it’s needed.

  • Harriman paving to commence in spring

    Harriman hopes to be on the schedule for paving in early spring.

    City Manager Kevin Helms hopes to have everything prepared and bids in so the city will be early on the companies’ schedule.

    “Are you all still determining what roads will be paved? Will that be brought to Council?” asked Councilman Wayne Best.

    Helms said they are trying to finalize a spreadsheet of data being used, which considers the roads’ width, length as well as traffic count.