Today's News

  • New budget director takes the helm

    Technically sound, schooled in the financial and numbers game.
    That’s how Roane County Executive Ron Woody described Kaley Walker, the woman he hired to be the county’s new budget director.
    “I think we’ve got somebody that’s got a lot of energy, has got a very good knowledge base, some good experience,” Woody said. “I think it will be a good fit.”
    Walker’s first day on the job was Oct. 1. She replaced longtime budget director Alva Moore, who retired just before Woody took office on Sept. 1.

  • "Frankenstein" starts Oct. 14 at Roane State

    Make-up artist Rob Link discusses Sara Watson and Morgan Henry's costumes, hair and make-up for “Frankenstein” during a recent costume fitting at Roane State Community College's O'Brien Theatre. "Frankenstein" opens Thursday at 7 p.m. and will run for two weekends. For more information, contact Michael Golebiewski at 882-4589.

  • HMS stops Wartburg, 22-14

    In one of their best efforts of the season, Wartburg suffered a 22-14 loss at Harriman last Thursday to end their season at 1-7.

  • OSMS downs Midway, 14-8

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats narrowly avoided an upset Thursday when they got a last minute win over Midway, 14-8.

  • Tigers down Cherokee in 'Battle of Unbeatens'

    The much-anticipated game between Cherokee Middle School and Rockwood played at Kingston's Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field didn't disappoint Thursday evening as the Tigers won the battle of the two unbeaten teams, 22-6.

  • Woody gives Morgan Keegan the boot

    Morgan Keegan’s relationship with Roane County could become nonexistent under Ron Woody’s administration.

    The new county executive said he doesn’t plan to seek financial advice from the company.  

    “They will not be our financial advisers,” Woody said.

    That represents a change in direction for the county, which has sought the company’s advice on financial matters for years.

  • High court to weigh in on Harriman vs. Kingston

    How will five Tennessee Supreme Court justices interpret annexation law?

    Officials in Harriman and Kingston will find out when their legal representatives argue before the state’s highest court over a stretch of turf along Hwy. 70.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kingston’s petition, Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said last week. Kingston is seeking to overturn a lower court decision that found in favor of Harriman.

  • That's the Walmart way! Rockwood Supercenter finishes renovations

    Rockwood Walmart Supercenter celebrated the results of a major three-month remodeling project last week with a “grand reopening” celebration and ribbon cutting.

    The store, at 1102 N. Gateway Ave., remained open 24 hours a day during the extensive project.

    The official unveiling of the Rockwood store’s new look generated lots of fanfare from company and community leaders and an appearance from the Rockwood High School marching band.

  • Foster in hacker plight on retreat

    A day reserved for meditation during a spiritual retreat in Boston quickly turned stressful for Kara Foster.

    The Rockwood First Christian Church pastor found herself in upheaval when she realized friends and family were receiving e-mails from someone claiming to be her. Someone who was mugged in London and desperate for money to get home.

    With her mind at ease and her cell phone on silent, Foster said she kept getting calls while she was in the midst of her day of silence.

  • Developers' latest move a 'publicity stunt,' attorney says

    A red herring.

    That’s what Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom called a motion to dismiss filed for Site Inc., David Robinette, D-K Properties II LLC, Steve H. Kirkham, Jerry Duncan and Judy Duncan in a lawsuit and countersuit concerning who owes whom on a project involving public and private property.

    “It is a public publicity stunt to indicate to the general public, ‘Oh, we can’t be held responsible,’” Balcom said.