Today's News

  • Agency strives to help families find right path

    Roane County isn’t isolated from homelessness, including families with young children struggling to find and keep a roof over their heads.

    That’s why Pathways Housing Services has been helping families find and pay for housing since 2006.

    Pathways’ goal is for those served to be able to maintain their own permanent housing once they graduate from the program.

  • Accident devastates horse owner

    The thump Jerry Keeney heard from inside his home on Jan. 10 was the clue that something bad had happened.

    “I said somebody’s had a wreck out there,” Keeney recalled. “I ran outside, and I saw my horse laying in the middle of the road and the car down the road about 40 feet.”

    The driver of the car was 18-year-old Caleb Wilson, a senior at Roane County High School and firefighter with East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.  

  • Qualls no stranger to Roane in search for school director

    A familiar face will help the Roane County Board of Education in its search for a new director of schools.

    Toni McGriff, the current director, is retiring, effective June 30.

    The board voted 9-1 to hire Wayne Qualls to act as facilitator in the search for her replacement at the Jan. 19 meeting.

    Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, helped the board in its last search for a school director.

  • Cleaning up after the rain

    Rockwood Street Department workers Ricky Stegall, left, and Mike Edwards clean debris from around a drain at South Gateway Avenue and Rathburn Street.

    The men attended to the task around town after a recent bout of rain to ensure that all street drains were clear of branches, leaves and other matter.

    The Rathburn drain was their final stop on this particular day.

  • Bolling vacating OS post

    Oliver Springs city manager David Bolling will be leaving his position in mid-February.

    Judge Joe Van Hook said Bolling made the announcement at the Oliver Springs Board of Alderman on Jan. 19.

    Bolling’s last day will be Feb. 17. He is leaving for another position.

    Comment from Bolling was not available at press time.

  • Harriman Happenings

    By Louise Warmley • Community Correspondent
    Sybil Cannon and Alicia Harris took their mother, Julia Harris, to Ruby Tuesday for a special dinner to celebrate her birthday. All day Tuesday Julia was blessed, first because of what her daughters did for her and the calls she received from her other children, relatives and friends. She was thankful for the many cards and gifts she received. So Julia, we wish you God’s blessings and many more birthdays.

  • 'Round Rockwood

    By Josephine McKinney • Community Correspondent
    It may come as a surprise, but my letter will be published each week in the Monday issue of the Roane County News.

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Mrs. Alta Lewis of Harriman. Among her survivors, her daughter, Kathleen, married to our son, Dr. Joe McKinney of Chesapeake, Virginia; their children, Grace, Evan, Nate and Joy; son David and wife Dr. Julie Smith McKinney; daughter Dannise (Roger) McKinney of Harriman, and daughter Leslie (The Rev. Gale Hartley) of Jamestown.

  • Arrests: Jan. 18-26

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 18 — Dustin Ryan Stubbs, 30, 125 Swafford Road, Harriman: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    • Michael Christophe Waldrop, 27, 128 S. Chamberlin, Rockwood: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

    Jan. 19 — Jimmy Allen Buck, 36, 120 Dogwood Lane, Powell: manufacture/deliver/sell controlled substance. Bond $15,000; court date March 5.

  • Jobless rate rises slightly in December

    Roane County’s 7.4 percent December unemployment rate may be slightly higher than reported last month, but it’s still lower than it was during the same period in 2010, according to statistics released late last week from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures indicate the most recent posting is up 0.1 percent over November’s rate.

    That means 26,080 workers in the county’s 28,160 labor force were employed in December.

  • Greenhouse paving its way