Today's News

  • Poor Boys opens in Kingston

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce recently had a ribbon-cutting celebration for Poor Boys Towing & Auto Repair at 2379 Kingston Hwy., Kingston.

    Taking part in the celebration are, front row from left, Christy Brown, Madison Stout, owner Greg Rose, Melissa Rose, Marcus Mendoza, Saundra Bandy, Paulette Ray of The Roane Alliance; and back row, Joe Barr, Roger Parker, Matthew Libby, Rose Meza and Tudd Barr.

  • Jolly new Cato store manager

    Renee Jolly of Rockwood was recently named store manager of the Rockwood Cato store.

    The store is in Tyler Pointe Shopping Center at 1140 N. Gateway Ave.

    Jolly’s previous work experience includes 15 years as the owner and operator of Precision Cuts. As store manager, Jolly’s responsibilities include assisting customers in wardrobe selection and creating an easy shopping experience with color-coordinated visual presentations.

  • Workshop focuses on how to grow business

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE will have their Lunch and Learn Workshop Series on “How to Grow Your Business” on Sept. 22 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Lunch will be served at 11:50 a.m.; the workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m. The workshop is free for Chamber members, with a maximum of two participants per membership; others pay $35.

    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

  • Out to Lunch: Try some bangers and mash at Rugby’s Harrow Road Café

    Our latest “Out to Lunch” adventure, a day trip to the Harrow Road Café in historic Rugby, offered some interesting sight seeing.

    “You know, I remember the scenic mountain views we’re seeing, and it’s almost as enjoyable as the food,” my wife, Carol, said as we traveled to Rugby. She was referring to “Out to Lunch” article on Harrow Road Café in August 2008.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Happy Birthday Nell Willis — 90 & counting

    In his well-nigh eight decades of observation and experience, the old curmudgeon has encountered many things, some bizarre, some humourous, some wise, and some outrageous, but to the best of his recollection, none has been more outrageous at first glance than the proposal to charge a fee or tax for the public to look at the public records of this state.

  • Rosado reports to jail to begin her five-year prison sentence

    Tammy Rosado reported to the Roane County Jail on Monday to begin serving her five-year prison sentence for killing James Cobb.

    She pleaded guilty in the case on July 27, but Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen allowed her to remain free until Monday, when she was required to report to the Roane County Jail. According to jail records, Rosado was booked at 7:37 p.m.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” Cobb’s daughter Ashley Griffith said. “I just wish she had more time.”

  • Roane Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back on Sept. 26.

    Capt. Tim Hawn said people can drop off their unused or unwanted prescription medicines at the Walgreens in Midtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “We don’t question people where it came from or anything like that,” Hawn said.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration partners with law enforcement agencies around the country for National Prescription Drug Take-Back.

  • Public records access fees ‘akin to a poll tax’

    Tennesseans are fired up about a proposal in the General Assembly to charge for the inspection of public records.

    A public hearing on the issue held in Knoxville was standing room only Tuesday.

    “We appreciate this tremendous turnout,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower told the crowd.

    The Knoxville hearing was one of three held around the state this week to get public feedback on the issue.

  • Utility work on Devonia continues

    Harriman Utility Board continues to do utility work on Devonia Street and nearby roads.

    “We have a contractor who has been replacing water lines on Silura and Devonia streets,” HUB manager Bill Young said Thursday.

    “Today they are working on the tie-in at Roane Street,” he added.

    “HUB crews have been doing some work in conjunction with this project,” Young added.

    In addition to water lines, HUB has worked on the sewer on Devonia and replaced a section of gas line on Queen Street.

  • Driver training in store for crews

    In a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon, Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson indicated more training is in store for his employees who drive vehicles.

    “Our employees drive thousands of miles a year, and safety is always our No. 1 concern,” the statement said.

    “In addition to the appropriate licensing by the state, we are in the process of adopting additional training for all of our employees,” Ferguson continued in the statement.