Today's News

  • Fire department needs your help

    As the sign outside West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s station 1 indicates, the department is seeking volunteers to help in its mission to provide fire and emergency services to those in the West Roane County region.

    Those wishing to help may stop by the station on Pumphouse Road in Rockwood and talk with Fire Chief Charlie Redwine about the department’s needs.

    The station may also be contacted by phone at 354-8201.

  • Free specialty tag supports music education

    The Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum has a special offer for Tennessee residents that costs nothing but will provide an  annual revenue stream toward music education.

    The museum has been working diligently to reach a goal of 1,000 pre-sold “music-themed” specialty Tennessee license plates, with annual revenue from these plates going to music education in Tennessee.

  • Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit open in Oak Ridge museum

    For 14 days in October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world came to a thermonuclear war.

    This historic event is detailed in a photographic timeline, Fallout Shelter and the Cold War Home dioramas with artifacts included in the “Cuban Missile Crisis: When the Cold War Got Hot” exhibition open through Sept. 3 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

  • GUEST OPINION: Reflections on the toppling of the Berlin Wall

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    Monuments to freedom and liberty generally come as things — marble statues, carved granite slabs — that are meant to last for the ages.

    But on June 12, let’s pause to remember a monument noteworthy because it no longer exists: the Berlin Wall. As we do, let’s also recall and celebrate the monumental words spoken 25 years ago that helped spur its destruction.

  • The Big Easy fights hard for newspaper

    Shortly after I wrote a column celebrating esteemed investor Warren Buffet’s purchase of a major newspaper chain, some  less heartening news about  the newspaper business followed.

    The publishers of the daily New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, announced plans to cut publication to three days a week.

    The Roane County News publishes three times a week, but it is in a small community and smaller advertising market.

    In New Orleans, readers, community leaders and even advertisers are not taking this change lying down.

  • Some epic voyages start out from Watts Bar Lake

    For some boaters, Watts Barr Lake is a popular weekend destination.

    For others, it can be a means to get somewhere else.

    Take Jim McKay of Ten Mile. He has launched his sailboat in Watts Bar and traveled all the way to Mobile Bay, Ala., on the Gulf of Mexico.

    McKay and his wife,  Cyndi, have also completed a long voyage on a route boaters know as the Great Loop.

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  • Outdoors-Woman Field Day set for Saturday

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Field Day on Saturday, June 16 in Knoxville at the John Sevier Hunter Education Facility.

  • Cherokee captures SMMSS titles

    For the first time ever both the boys Cherokee varsity (A team) and junior varsity (B team) soccer teams recently played in and won the finals of  the Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer (SMMSS) Tournament. 

  • Tribunal backs Kirkham in Woods unemployment case

    The day before J.T. Woods committed suicide outside the home of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham, a hearing regarding his unemployment benefits was held in Knoxville. An appeals tribunal determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.
    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released records in the case on Monday.
    Woods was a former employee of Kirkham’s, and at the time of his suicide on May 31, a candidate against her in the property assessor’s race.