Today's News

  • No tax rate, but budget still on

    Despite what’s happened the past two years, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s taking an optimistic attitude into the County Commission meeting.

    “I still have a good feeling about it,” Aytes said.

    The commission meets today – Monday – at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • Man accused of trying to ignite girlfriend has charge dropped

    The aggravated domestic assault case against Tyler Wright was dismissed in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Wright was accused of pouring lighter fluid on his girlfriend during an April 28 dispute at 518 Greenwood St., Kingston.

    Officers reported seeing burned paper and clothing on the road and sidewalk in front of the house.

    Wright’s girlfriend, Hayley Jones, also reportedly told police she feared for her safety after Wright poured lighter fluid on clothes and on her.

  • Affording lawyer latest in Tyler Farmer’s federal legal woes

    Tyler Farmer is having trouble finding a lawyer to represent him in his federal firearms case.

    The Kingston resident filed a handwritten motion from the Meigs County Jail on July 1, asking for court-appointed counsel.

    “I am not able to afford an attorney and request that one be appointed for me,” Farmer wrote.

    Farmer, 26, was arrested in Meigs County on June 12. Firearms believed to have been stolen from a residence in Roane County were reportedly found in his vehicle.

  • Doc losing patience with city’s flooding woes

    A longtime Harriman physician thinks the small city can do more about its infrastructure.

    Dr. Mimi Tedder’s office on Devonia Street was flooded by recent rains. While this incident was a particularly heavy rainfall, flooding on Devonia Street has been a consistent problem.

    “It is no more Mother Nature than Mother Goose,” Tedder mused during a Harriman City Council meeting last week.

    At some point, she said, it becomes either neglect or poor planning.

  • McDonald’s in Rockwood left off tax rolls

    Not having all properties on the tax rolls is one of the reasons locals are facing an increase in the property tax rate, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “That’s important for the public to know,” Woody said. “We’re having to have a tax increase because of the inefficiency in offices.”

    The Roane County Property Assessor’s Office is responsible for putting properties on the tax rolls.

  • First-aid backpacks go to pools, marinas

    Tennova Healthcare has delivered 50 fully stocked first aid backpacks to marinas and community pools across a 17-county area to assist in quickly addressing minor injuries.


    This summer, teachers are the students in the Educators in the Workplace program.

    Almost 350 educators from Roane and 14 other counties signed up to visit 14 businesses in the region for their “summer school” sessions.

    Roane County’s NetShape Technologies, KimbleChase Life Science and Research and TVA Kingston Fossil Plant were among the businesses.

    “Educators in the Workplace is beneficial for both the businesses and the educators,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Educators visit NetShape, TVA

    Innovation Valley’s Educators in the Workplace series involved three Roane County businesses and teachers from school districts in Roane, Blount, Jefferson, Knox and Loudon counties.

    Participating businesses were NetShape Technologies and Kingston’s TVA Fossil Plant.

    Educators also visited Kimble Chase. (See photo and article on page 4.)

    Participating educators at Roane County industries included:

  • Harriman Happenings

    Kayelon and Kalonji Graham, 9-year-old identical twins, turned 10 years old on July 8.

    They danced on stage in Knoxville with the Oak Ridge Academy of Dance last month.

    This is not the only performance they enjoy doing. In school, Kayelon plays viola, and Kalonji plays the violin.

    Both are members of Oak Valley Baptist Church and sing in the children’s choir and with Just Lead in Knoxville.

    They just finished summer camp in Knoxville with Just Lead.

  • RCHS camp offers volleyball basics

    Roane County High School’s volleyball team held its first camp this summer.

    Roane County High School coach Megan Skinner hopes it will give the girls experience that will help them when they come join the team as high school students.

    “We are looking to better our program. We have to find a way to build skills before the kids get here so the camp is doubling as a fundraiser and as a way for the girls to build skills before they come here,” Skinner said.

    Four campers attended this inaugural camp with the high school team.