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Today's News

  • Bowers Elementary honor rolls: Third Nine Weeks

    A Honor Roll
    Third Grade

    Chase Johnson
    Matthew Scarbrough
    Alexander Hughett
    Brittany Brown
    Kaiden Hicks
    Maggie Collins
    Layken Kemp
    Lily Taylor
    Zoe Oakes
    Grant Whitlock
    Sabrina Peters
    Abbie Bullard
    Bradley Moore
    Nathaniel Fink
    Carter Smith
    Abigail Roberts
    Joshua Dunaway
    TahDarius Boyd
    Gracie Cagley
    Madison Thompson
    Brooke Jenkins
    Piper Suddath
    Fourth Grade

  • Make-a-Book winnners applauded

    Make-A-Book winners recognized by the Roane County Board of Education on April 18 are, front row from left, Chloe Lackey, Dyllis Springs; Arianna Woody and Mica Rose Holmes, Bowers; Maggie Patterson, Midway; and Keylon Reynolds, Kingston). They are honored by, back row, Director of Schools Gary Aytes, Literacy Leader Nancy Holloway and Board Chairman Rob Jago.

    Winners not pictured are Bryce McCracken and Anna Stout.

  • Ridge View wins Clover Bowl

    The fourth- and fifth-grade Clover Bowl teams at Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, won the Roane County competition for their division.

    Both teams will represent the county during the regional competition on May 15 at the University of Tennessee.

  • Rangers ready for coffee, climbing

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on May 4.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational sesion at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

  • Go Green at this year’s Home, Garden Show

    “Go Green and Save Money!” is the theme of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Home and Garden Show.

    The show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at Roane State’s Expo Center on the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Organizers of this year’s event said it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

  • Houston: ‘Can’t rush justice’

    Leon Houston, representing himself at a recent hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, frustrated the judge with his pace of questioning.
    Leon Houston faces one count of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  His brother, Rocky, is charged with 14 counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.
    Both were arrested after authorities secretly had a camera installed on a public utility pole and watched them on their property.
    The brothers want to throw out any evidence related to the secret videos.

  • Kingston narrows manager search

    Kingston city officials are moving quickly to replace a city stalwart — city manager Jim Pinkerton, who retired last week.
    The council narrowed its list of applicants from the full 39 who applied down to eight at a special-called meeting late Friday afternoon.
    A meeting that is open to the public is set for 2 p.m. Thursday to further narrow that list to four or five finalists, according to Joyce Lewis, executive assistant to the city manager.
    She said the city council hopes to make a final decision as early as May 10.

  • Teacher raises for education, experience no longer given

    Across-the-board pay raises for Tennessee teachers are ending.
    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the state is moving to a system where raises are awarded on a merit system.
    “You can no longer give a raise based on years of experience or degrees,” he said. “I don’t approve of it. I don’t know of any other profession that you don’t get a raise for increasing your experience or your degrees.”

  • Man in the moon jailed

    A Rockwood man is accused of showing a woman his backside during a Sunday evening encounter on North Kingston Avenue.
    William Aaron Collett is charged with vandalism and indecent exposure in the incident.
    He’s scheduled to appear in court on May 20. 
    According to the police report, Pamela Ann Hamby told officer Josh Coffey that Collett cursed her and threw a dog leash, allegedly scratching the hood of her car.

  • Saddled in the Lord’s service

    Tim and Lynn Tuggle, feeling led by God, sold everything and started riding from California with a determination to make it to North Carolina.
    The couple, who founded Disciples of Jesus Horsemen and started their faith-led journey in 2010, are nearing the end of their long trek and were in Roane County for a short while this week.
    Locals provided feed for their horses and even helped them use the Roane State Community College Exposition Center to house their horses during the recent rough weather.