Today's News

  • Gala for writing scholarship a huge success

    The Roane Writers Group held a fundraising Gala on July 21 on Watts Bar Lake at the beautiful home of our hostess Margaret Brogdon of Rockwood.
    All donations and proceeds will be used to fund the Roane County Student Writing Contest Awards and Scholarship Program sponsored by the Kingston Public Library Foundation and The Roane writers Group.

  • Let’s get good restaurant near new hospital

    I was a school teacher in the Atlanta area for 38 years. I retired in 2008 and moved back to Tennessee to be close to my family.  I love the scenic mountains and lakes that surround us.
    Being from Atlanta, I was used to nice restaurants and retailers. The new Roane Medical Center on Hwy. 70 will be opening in 2013.
    This is an excellent opportunity for new businesses to locate in Roane County, but it seems new business growth is stymied in this county.
    I have heard from many sources as to the reasons for this lack of progress. This makes me very sad.

  • Generosity for Shriners’ effort to be commended

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals  across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The cost to operate these 22 hospitals is $1.7 million per day.

  • Help us shine spotlight on the best teachers

    Teachers have taken a lot of hits over the past year.
    We think it is time to get back to giving the best of them the credit they deserve.
    Starting in August, the Roane County News, in partnership with Jerry Duncan Ford, is starting a new educator of the month feature.
    We need your help, though.
    We are looking for people to tell us — in 150 words or less — why a particular Roane County teacher stands out among their peers.
    Include the teacher’s name, educational institution and, if you have it, contact information.

  • Driving course cheaper for area school personnel

    AARP has a long history of supporting and celebrating educators.

    In 1947, Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA (formerly the National Retired Teachers Association) to help address the economic challenges and health needs of retired educators.

    It wasn’t until 1958 that Andrus opened the organization to all older Americans, and AARP was born.

    As such, AARP is planning its AARP Drivers Safety 2012 Educator Appreciation Promotion.  

  • Fishing Rodeo this weekend

    Lots of prizes and family fun are on tap for the 22nd annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo this weekend.

    Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 4 at Roane County Park, with fishing to begin at 9. All bait will be furnished.

    This year’s grand prize is a 14-foot boat and troll motor, courtesy of Bunch Marine of Midtown. Another $3,000 in gift cards will be awarded, including four top prizes of gift cards worth $250 each.

  • Tribute to Elvis planned at the Princess

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will present “Elvis at the Princess!,” a tribute to Elvis Presley, at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in Harriman’s downtown Princess Theatre.

    The tribute, featuring Oliver Springs native and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Greg Johnson, falls two days after the 35th anniversary of the death of Presley, a Memphis artist known worldwide as the King of Rock’n’Roll.

    Johnson is a regular performer at the Oldies Dinner Showplace in Pigeon Forge.

  • Kingston concert to benefit Special Olympics

    Three-time World Old-Time Piano-Playing Champion Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots will perform in Kingston next weekend in a benefit concert to help Special Olympics Tennessee Area 30.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those younger than 16 and are available at the church or Browder’s Ace Hardware in the Ladd Landing shopping center.

    Call Lee Schuiten at 771-7655 for details.

  • Sr. open house Thursday

    Roane County ElderWatch and Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Senior Services Department will host a senior open house from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Mid-East office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    Activities will include entertainment, refreshments, senior services information, door prizes, bingo, games and crafts.

    At 10:30 a.m. the winner of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Poster Contest will be recognized.

    All area seniors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call 354-0450, Ext. 228, to register.

  • Harriman gas policies OK

    Harriman Utility Board recently received notification from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority  Gas Pipeline Safety Division that the agency has completed an inspection of Harriman’s gas department’s policy and procedures, and no violations were found.

    TRA scrutinized files that included plans for management integrity, identification of any threats to the integrity of the pipelines, assessing the risks to the system and implementation of plans to address those threats and the maintenance of records documenting leak repairs and corrosion control.