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Today's News

  • Roane students excel in university studies

    East Tennessee State University
    Ciera L. Smith of Kingston is among the East Tennessee State University students who earned placement on the dean’s list for summer session.

    To receive this honor, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a grade-point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

    ETSU is in Johnson City.

    Middle Tennessee State University

  • Lady Jackets blast Scott

    Things may have started off a bit shaky for the Kingston Lady Jackets, but a strong second half with five goals in the span of 20 minutes gave the Lady Jackets a 6-0 win over the Scott High Lady Highlanders. 

  • Busy week for youth football

    All five teams in the Tennessee Valley League saw some action Saturday and Monday. The two Oak Ridge teams made the most of the Saturday games winning all three games against Kingston and two of three at Harriman.

  • Week 5 Preview

    The 2010 high school football season reaches its midway point Friday night, but a lot is still unsettled as far as Roane County teams are concerned.

  • Rockwood moves to disband water board

    Rockwood officials have been pushed into emergency mode following a warning that three city-operated utilities might be in violation state law for mingling operating funds.

    That’s why four city leaders decided Monday to take steps toward eliminating the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board — the governing body that oversees operations of the three utilities.

  • Doctor's departure behind VA clinic shut-down


    The recent closure of the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood is temporary, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The clinic had just opened in June.

    “It is going to reopen, but we don’t have a date yet,” said Chris Alexander, a spokesman for the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

    The clinic is at 450 S. Chamberlain Ave. in the Chamberlain Professional Building.

    Instead of being run by the VA, the clinic is operated by a private contractor.

  • Pot plants found in Shady Shores closet

    Authorities found another illegal marijuana-growing operation.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Bryan Walker said the plants were being grown inside a closet at 277 Shady Shores Lane in the eastern part of the county.

    Walker said Stephen Simpson and Toby Townson were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana. He said mostly young plants were found last week.

    Multiple marijuana-growing operations have been uncovered in recent months.

  • Langley named the new school board chief

    Darrell “Drack” Langley is the new chairman of the Roane County Board of Education.

    The vote was unanimous to give him that position at the Sept. 16 board meeting.

    Sam Cox was a unanimous choice as vice chairman.  

    Langley succeeds Mike “Brillo” Miller, who served as chairman the past 12 months.

    “Mr. Langley, it’s your turn, big man,” Miller said. “You’ve been there, done that.”

  • Harriman approves MMA fight at Riverfront Park

    Rockwood might not be interested, but Harriman City Council wasn’t discouraged from approving use of their facilities for a mixed martial arts competition.

    “It is a positive thing to bring more people into town. It is a growing sport,” Councilman Chase Tedder said.

    Harriman gave the nod to Steve Robinette, who has been a big advocate of the sport in the area, including training people he believes have potential to make it big professionally.

  • TVA releases draft plan for agency's future

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a draft of its Integrated Resource Plan, a comprehensive study that will help guide efforts to meet regional electricity needs over the next 20 years.

    Titled “TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future,” the study analyzes potential combinations of economic and regulatory trends in the coming years and provides recommendations for addressing them.