Today's News

  • Lots of roadwork may make the going slow

    Motorists traveling in and through Roane County this week might want to add a few minutes to their travel time.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning a number of paving and construction projects this week.


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    Judie Shoup a driver recruiter with Crete Carrier Corp., talks with people about job opportunities during the Roane Chamber of Commerce’s Job Fair last week. More than 30 employers took part in the fair at Roane State Community College’s Expo Center.

  • Boating safety course slated

    A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course will be from 6 to 9 p.m. July 7 and 9 in Kingston Community Center.

    The $35-per-person cost covers all course materials, final examination and certificate. Couples and/or families who share course materials may attend for $10 per additional person.

    Those younger than 18 will receive a $25 discount and comply with the Tennessee Mandatory Boater Education Law.

    A certified TWRA monitor will administer the certification test for those born after Jan. 1, 1989.

  • ‘It’s going to be awesome’

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Rockwood Friday morning to announce a $437,122 transportation alternative grant for a project that includes a 10-foot-wide greenway from Dr. Tom Fuller Park on Watts Bar Lake to East Nelson Street and Hwy. 27.

    In addition to the multi-use greenway, a 600-square-foot trailhead/comfort station will be constructed at the park. It will include restrooms, bike racks and a small parking lot.

  • Historic Rockwood home burns

    Smoke rose over Rockwood Friday morning and centered in the Kingston Avenue historic district, where firefighters worked to control a blaze at a two-story structure at 120 N. Kingston Ave.

    Rockwood Fire Department had been dispatched to the scene where a utility pole had fallen and pulled down power lines.

    “We arrived for it and noticed we had smoke coming out of this structure, so we knew we had an obvious structure fire at that point,” Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said.

  • Higher costs for higher education in Tennessee

    Roane County students at Roane State Community College and other institutions of higher learning in Tennessee can expect to pay more next year.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved tuition increases in the system on Friday that mean students at community colleges will pay 3.4 percent more for maintenance fees/tuition.

    The total price increase for an in-state student taking a full-time course load of 12 credit hours will be $120 per year.

  • Tyler Farmer’s Meigs case continued to July 16

    The case against William Tyler Farmer in Meigs County General Sessions Court got continued last week.

    Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way in Kingston, is charged with manufacturing, delivery, sale and possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a weapon, DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on June 12.

    Long reported finding pills, steroids, firearms and ammunition in Farmer’s vehicle.

  • More bears out there

    From staff reports

    Add Oliver Springs to the list of locales for bear sightings.

    A black bear was seen last Monday crossing bustling Hwy. 61 and heading up toward Windrock Mountain, Oliver Springs Police Chief Ken Morgan said.

    Morgan said it was only a matter of a few minutes after the sighting that the bear disappeared up the mountain.

    “They gave it a verbal warning and sent it along its way,” the police chief quipped.

  • Snow went from clerk to foreman of grand jury

    Charles C. Snow retired as Roane County circuit court clerk in 1986. However, he’s been able to stay involved with the court system by serving as foreman of the grand jury.

    When contacted last week, Snow couldn’t recall the exact date he took over the position, but said he believes he’s been doing it since the 1990s.

    “I’ve been fortunate I haven’t been sick or nothing,” he said. “I’ve always been able to be there.”