Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: U.S-Mexican tensions nothing new


    When I left Roane County in 1969, there were no Mexican restaurants here. When I returned 18 years later, there were a few. Today there are many - including several that are excellent.

    While many of us enjoy the food at these modest eateries, we are less certain about the folks who prepare and serve our meals. Indeed, they and their restaurants represent one of the most important developments in our region — and nation — in my lifetime.

  • Vehicular homicide convict again arrested for intoxication

    The man convicted of killing a volunteer firefighter in a 2007 car crash was arrested again last week.

    Bryan Keefe Howard is charged with public intoxication in a Sept. 5 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Riter responded to Midtown Auto Sales to investigate a report of a man passed out in a vehicle.

  • Berry back at helm of Commission

    Ron Berry will serve another year as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was re-elected by a 9-6 vote over James Brummett during Monday’s meeting at the courthouse.

    Commissioners David Bell, Peggy Collier, Benny East, Todd Fink, Junior Hendrickson, Chris Johnson, Darryl Meadows and Stanley Moore voted for Berry, who also voted for himself.

    Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Carolyn Granger, Mike Hooks and Steve Kelley voted for Brummett, who also voted for himself.

    Berry addressed his colleagues after the vote.


    Roane County residents are diving into a nationwide trend, painting and hiding colorful rocks around the community to spread a little sunshine in someone’s day.

    One of those groups is #RockinRoaneCo. Many of the residents at Renaissance Terrace paint rocks found around Roane County for this group.

    “We took them to Roane State the first time, then down to Rockwood,” said Nancy Isabell while painting another masterpiece.

    “They find them and take pictures of them.”

  • Like a sturgeon
  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Zaxby's exZactly the choice for four generations

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure at Zaxby’s in Midtown involves four generations of the Poston family.

    My wife Carol and I live in Midtown Heights. We pass Zaxby’s every time we go to Kroger, Lowe’s, church, Kingston, Harriman, Interstate 40, Knoxville and other places going east.

    I’ve had Zaxby’s on my “Out to Lunch” prospect list for some time, waiting for an opportunity to pop up.

    We were excited when our grandson Brady, wife Toni and our 8-month-old great-grandson Benjamin, said they would like to spend their vacation at our house.

  • TVA signs warns ‘Do not breathe dust’

    Signs at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant warn about dangers of fly ash.

    “I checked again and you are correct, there are signs posted ONSITE now for a number of materials including hydrogen gas, ammonia, diesel and for handling of fly ash,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

    “The sign you sent us is for fly ash.”

    More than 5 million cubic yards of ash was released into the environment when a dike failed at the fossil plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    The cleanup, which cost more than $1 billion, was completed in 2015.

  • Tennessee voter registration a mere mouse click away

    Registering to vote just got easier in Tennessee.

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett officially launched the state’s new online voter registration system last week at Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “This system meets people where they already are: online,” Hargett said. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.”

  • Tigers down Bobcats in middle school action

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats travelled to Rockwood on thursday night to take on Tigers in middle school football action.

    Using big plays, the Tigers were able to grind out the victory on what ended up being a chilly September night by a score of 22-6.

    Rockwood was led on the ground by Dakota Waldo who carried the ball 7 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns

  • UT basketball coach visits Roane State