Today's News

  • Rockwood welcomes Little Caesars

    Rockwood mayor James Watts cut the ribbon Wednesday for the newest Little Caesars pizzeria at the corner of South Gateway Avenue and East Rockwood Street.

    On hand to welcome the new eatery were members of the Rockwood Industrial Development Board, as well as a few hungry customers.

    The new restaurant is the fifth Little Caesars location and second in Roane County for EFRC Enterprises, a family operation consisting of Erwin and Fumiyo Epple, Robert Lockhart and Chanda Pressley plus spouses and three grandchildren.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cities should keep hands off Chick-fil-A

    First Amendment Center
    You and I are free to agree or disagree openly with the president of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain over his public statements against gay marriage. The First Amendment protects his and our right to express our views.

    But when government officials take sides, they walk a much finer line between protected expression of personal views and the implication — if not open threat — of government punishment for free speech.

  • Waterfowl blind permit drawings set for Saturday

    The 2012 edition of Tennessee’s long-standing tradition of hand-drawn duck blind drawings will be held at the regular sites across the state on Saturday, Aug. 4.

  • Rockwood to host 2012 Roane County Jamboree

    The 2012 Roane County Football Jamboree will take place Friday, Aug. 10 at Rockwood High School.

  • Kingston sidelines to have new look

    When Blair Harrison took over as the new coach at Roane County High School, he wasn’t sure what his staff would look like come the start of the 2012 football season.

  • Kirkham, Hurley lose in Roane, Ferguson wins

    It was a tough night for female incumbents in Roane County.

    Longtime Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham has lost her seat to opponent David Morgan, according to unofficial Roane County returns. Morgan received 3,537 votes to Kirkham's 3,048.

     Roane County also gave the nod to Kent Calfee, the opponent to incumbent 32nd District State Rep. Julia Hurley in the Republican Primary. Calfee, a former Roane County commissioner, received 3,414 votes to Hurley's 2,372.

  • Housing market feels uptick

    Real estate and construction in Roane County look dramatically different from pre-2008, before the housing market took a national nosedive.
    New home construction is sparse.
    Instead, consumers are buying moderately priced existing homes or remodeling their existing structures.
    The profit margin — if there is one — is also not nearly as good as it was in the past for those looking to sell.

  • Obamacare supported in Democratic primary

    Repealing the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obama-care, is a common battle cry amongst the candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District.  
    You won’t hear any repeal talk on the Democratic side, however.
    “It is half a loaf, and the Republicans are saying they would rather have no loaf at all,” Mary Headrick said.

  • Mullins deal in works on tax penalties, fees

    Under the direction of Chancellor Frank Williams, lawyers have drafted an order that would eliminate penalties, interest and fees from the delinquent tax bill of Roane County road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins.
    Mullins was in court on July 20 fighting the 18-percent interest, attorneys fees and other penalties on his delinquent tax bill, which is running in the thousands-of-dollars range.

  • Mayfield donation ‘every-year’ thing

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said free Mayfield ice cream will be available at the department’s National Night Out on Tuesday.
    “Every year, they’ll donate to us either lemonade or ice cream,” he said.
    Michael Mayfield, son of Mayfield Dairy Farms president and congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield, was the focus of a vandalism investigation in April of this year.