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Today's News

  • Spring Street sidewalk construction
  • State extends cave closures to third year

    Caves located on state lands in Tennessee will remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) among the state’s bat population. During the upcoming year, state and Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations will consult with recreational caving organizations to determine how to best manage the spread of this disease while maintaining high quality recreation.

  • Mays shines in Cooperstown

    Kingston’s Cade Mays helped lead the Tennessee RBI Rangers to the prestigious Cooperstown Dream Park Classic Championship. 

  • Campers learning pro moves at RSCC camp

    Most of the kids at this week’s Roane State’s Basketball Camp have a dream of one day playing in the NBA, and Roane State head coach Randy Nesbit is teaching some of the moves of NBA stars like  Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Derrick Rose in an effort to one day help them reach that goal.

  • Man drowns at Roane County Park

    A 22-year-old man drowned in the swimming area at Roane County Park on Monday.

    The incident was reported to E-911 around 7:30 p.m. Dispatch was told that two men said their friend, Caesar Uribe, went under and did not come back up.  

    “It’s been ruled an accidental drowning,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We don’t know if alcohol was involved or not, but we found the body (Monday) night about 10:30 right in the swimming area.”

  • Woman killed in Rockwood accident

    A Roane County woman died after a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Rockwood.

    Nancy Hill, who was in her early 60s, of Mountain View Road, was traveling south on Gateway Avenue in a Nissan Versa.

    She collided with Dylan Headrick of North Wilder Avenue in Rockwood, next to Jerry’s Bait Shop.

    Headrick was northbound.

    Hill was confirmed dead as LifeStar prepared to transport her to Knoxville.

    Headrick was taken by LifeStar to UT Medical Center for a puncture wound.

  • A welcome midweek rainy day

    Leaves at Caney Creek get a drenching in last Wednesday’s long-awaited downpour.

    The often-heavy rainfall was a welcome relief for the dry, scorching weather that preceded it for two or more weeks.

    Look for the heat to be back on this week — the National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the 90s through at least Wednesday.

  • Welcome to the site of the future Dyllis Springs Elementary

    Officials break ground for the newly named Dyllis Springs Elementary School — the name officially selected by the Roane County Board of Education for the new elementary school on Ollis Road near Oliver Springs.

    The school will combine students in pre-K through fourth grade from Dyllis and Oliver Springs elementaries. Students in grades 5-8 at both of those schools will attend the present-day Oliver Springs Elementary.

    McGriff said Thursday night it has not yet been determined whether that school would become an intermediate or middle school institution.

  • J.R. Global poised to buy armory

    The Harriman Economic Development Board is working to sell the former National Guard Armory to owners of the metal fabrication company presently leasing the facility.

    Board member Donna Demyanovich said they seem to have reached an agreement to sell it for $150,000, with J.R. Global Manufacturing owner J.R. Owens putting down $100,000 and paying the remaining $50,000 over five years.

    Contracts were to be signed last week, but officials could not be reached for comment.

    “We want to work with the people that want to

  • Wilson new to Walmsley’s Kingston dental practice

    Dr. James Walmsley Jr. welcomes an associate, Dr. Bruce Wilson, to his Kingston dental practice to offer full service dentistry in one location.

    Walmsley has focused on restorative and cosmetic dental procedures and has typically referred out most surgical cases to specialists in Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

    “I'm so glad to be able to offer these services to patients here in one office,” he said. “People don't like the drive; it’s so much more convenient to offer most everything right here in our office now.”