Today's News

  • Easter Egg Hunts
  • Master Gardeners planning plant sale

    Roane County Master Gardeners’ sixth annual plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at Ladd Landing, Kingston.  

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants, knowledge and information from volunteers trained through the Tennessee Master Gardener program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

    Perennials, annuals, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.

  • 'Music of the Masters' closes out season

    Roane Choral Society will present “Music of the Masters,” its final concert of the season at 3 p.m. May 1.

    The group will be accompanied by a string quartet and piano in the historic Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston.  

    The performance will include “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach, “Hallelujah” by Beethoven, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” by Brahms and other classics.

    There is no admission charge; however, donations will be appreciated.

  • Anthony helping out with Donate Life cause

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is in the midst of celebrating “Show Us Your Heart Tennessee” in April’s observance of National Donate Life Month.  

    National Donate Life Month is a time to raise public awareness about organ donation and the increasing gap between the number of people whose lives depend upon receiving a transplant and the number of available organs.

  • Rockwood eyes another engineer to head utilities

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board members didn’t get their first pick, but they may yet have their civil engineer.

    The Rockwood City Council, sitting as the water board, approved offering the job to Kimberly E. Ramsey, who worked many years as a town engineer and in public works at Farragut.

    “Hopefully, we got a bargain tonight,” said council member Bill Thompson about Ramsey, who sat for a lengthy interview with council members on Monday.

  • 'It's a big job': TVA scrubber operation stalled for gypsum pond liner installation

    In an effort to comply with a state order, work is under way to install a new synthetic liner in the gypsum pond at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “It’s a big deal,” said John Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products, projects and engineering.

    “We’re estimating it’s going to take us about the middle of September to do all this work.”

  • Harmon’s years of county service to be applauded

    James “Dub” Harmon has been off the Roane County Commission for almost seven-and-a-half months.

    He hasn’t been forgotten, however.

    The current commission passed a resolution honoring Harmon for his 22 years of service at Monday’s regular meeting.

    “Unless someone has ever served as an elected official you can never realize what all goes into serving,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said by email. “It’s not just showing up at meetings once a month, and Dub did this for 22 years.”

  • McGriff asks Tea Party to think of children first

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff was the guest speaker at last week’s Roane County Tea Party meeting in Kingston.

    “I’m not a politician,” she said. “I would never make it as a politician.”

    She has made it as the director of schools for going on six years now.

    A recent contract extension will keep her in the position for another year.

    McGriff gave the Tea Party an overview of the school system.

  • Apply for academy by April 18

    Harriman Police Department will have its third Citizens Academy beginning May 10.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said he wants interested applicants to apply by April 18 so that background checks can be completed.

    The free eight-week class will meet at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at the Harriman Police Department.

    It includes information on police procedures, handgun handling and K-9 handling.

    The academy will culminate in a ride-along with a police officer at the final class.

  • HUB board makes the right call on new warehouse

    We were pleased to see Chairman Gary Goff and other members of the Harriman Utility Board shoot down plans for a fancy-shmancy $17 million warehouse.
    Even if, as proposed, the utility could have received grants to pay for most of what some were calling the “Taj Mahal” warehouse, that’s  still ratepayers’ hard-earned money that could go for much more needed items in this tough economy.