Today's News

  • Berry up for Rockwood utilities' manager job

    Ron Berry is no stranger to politics or Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operations.

    And by the end of today, the Roane County commissioner could be overseeing the utilities’ operations — at least on a part-time basis.

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring Berry for the job during a special-called session at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Borrowing a concern for county’s chief

    This year voters decided a change was needed at the top of Roane County government.

    The man they chose to bring that change has spent his first few months on the job trying to deliver.  

    “I’m making an effort to change government,” new County Executive Ron Woody said. “I’m making an effort to change financial management in Roane County.”

    Woody has already encountered resistance in his effort to bring that change.

  • Lady Waves finish third


  • Bulldogs bite Bobcats, 48-14

    The 2010 football season came to an end Friday night for the Oliver Springs Bobcats as Wiley Brackett’s squad suffered a 48-14 setback at the hands of Wartburg in the TSSAA playoffs.

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  • Civility – is this America’s latest lost cause?

    From Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s ad in Florida demonizing Republican Dan Webster as “Taliban Dan,” to Republican Sharron Angle’s ads in Nevada demonizing Latinos, negative campaigning reached new lows in the 2010 election cycle.
    Grayson and Angle both lost.
    But since their opponents aired their share of attack ads, it’s hard to tell what worked with voters and what didn’t.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, in recent days we have encountered several of our friends who have borne upon their countenance a cast of gloom, a depressed and downcast expression prompted by the outcome of the recent election.
    We have told them, and we now tell you, that this is not the proper set of mind; no, we say that this is a time of celebration for all good patriots, for the day of our national redemption is surely at hand.
    Why say you this, you may ask. Well it is simple really.

  • Tweaking done on TVA economic requests

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met late last month and unanimously approved two requests.
    One was from Roane County Schools to tweak its building plan to allow for completion of the Midway Middle School kitchen project. The other request was from the city of Harriman.
    “Out of the $100,000 that was allocated to the city of Harriman to pave Swan Pond Road, we’re going to have about $45,000 left over,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said. “I’m asking this board to consider letting us move that $45,000 down to this road on Carter Street that will access our ball fields.”

  • County OKs funding for some nonprofits

    The Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Nov. 8 to give $127,450 to non-profit organizations.
    The groups receiving money are Child and Family Services ($2,780), Michael Dunn Rehabilitation Center ($30,000), Mid-East Community Action Agency ($13,547), Roane County Heritage Commission ($1,500), Michael Dunn Day Care Center ($10,823), East Tennessee Human Resources Agency ($8,800), Roane County Rescue Squad ($35,000) and Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District ($25,000).

  • Happy Birthday Marines

    William Carothers, 84, of Ten Mile was the oldest veteran honored at the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps Monday night at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center. Carothers served in the Marines from 1944-46, and was stationed in Guam when the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II.