Today's News

  • Boxed BBQ lunch raising funds for ride program

    Leadership Roane County’s class of 2015 will have a barbecue boxed lunch fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, June 15.

    The fundraiser is hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road, Kingston.

    Cost is $10 per boxed lunch, with drive-up or delivery available.

    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, an elder transportation program from Mid-East Community Action Agency.

    Call or text 293-7680 or email watersmh@roanestate.edu for details.

  • Hone skills in negotiations at June 23 session

    “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” will be the next in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE Lunch and Learn workshop series.

    The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m. June 23 in Kingston City Hall’s conference room at 900 Waterford Place.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.

    “Negotiation skills are important — whether you negotiate for your business or within your personal relationships,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist with The Roane Alliance.

  • Tennessee a Gold Shovel state in job creation, investment

    Tennessee is ranked among the best states in economic development by Area Development, a publication focused on site selection and facility planning.

    Tennessee received one of the magazine’s 2015 Gold Shovel Awards in recognition of 2014 projects which created a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investments.

  • Master Donuts opening in Harriman

    The latest in sweet doughy confections will be open in Harriman in the coming weeks.

    Master Donuts will offer a variety of doughnuts and other treats when it opens its doors on Roane Street.

    “We love to make doughnuts, said Sophak Sopheap. “That is why we are here.”

    Harriman is the latest East Tennessee presence for Master Donuts. The Clinton shop opened in December. Another shop is in LaFollette.

    “We are planning to open one more in Lenoir City in July,” Sopheap added.

  • Campers learn basketball basics

    Young girls stood firm against looming adversaries while being taught defense skills at Roane County High School’s girls basketball camp.

    The youth, grades kin-dergarten through sixth grade, were taught ball handling, proper shooting technique and other basketball skills.

    “Girls that have aspirations of playing basketball, this gives them a chance to work on their fundamental skills. I also think it helps with social aspects,” said Coach Connie Guinn.

  • Rockwood field gets new look with sod from Vols

    Rockwood’s soccer field recently received free sod from University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium.

    The material was removed from Neyland, then ground up. That sod has live Bermuda sprigs in it that if treated right will make a lush field for Rockwood High School’s soccer teams.

    “We received eight truckloads of that ground-up sod,” said Rockwood High School Coach Wes Ford.

    “We have just been really fortunate to receive this,” he added.

  • Messy yard gets woman in trouble again

    Helen Hayes is not looking for another legal fight with Roane County.

    “I don’t bother nobody, and I’m going to ask them to not bother me,” she said Tuesday.

    Her plea may be fruitless.

    On Monday, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against Hayes for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris” on her property at 1812 Bluff Road.

    The county has used the court system before to get Hayes’ property cleaned up.

  • Man charged with attack on woman

    Kelly Vance, a 36-year-old Rockwood man, is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10 to answer charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment in an alleged attack against his girlfriend.

    Vance was arrested on May 30.

    According to the warrant taken out by Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich, Kelsey Erickson accused Vance of hitting her in the arm, head, back and throat.

  • REU tweaks its plans for new building

    Rockwood Electric Utility will likely be paying more than planned on its new downtown digs.

    Because of an increasing project scope since the initial design, the estimate has increased.

    The size of the planned building has increased — from 19,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet. That would cost an estimated $400,000 more.

    Other upgrades were made to meet LEED Silver certification (environmental standards). That’s estimated to add $100,000 to the bill, and a geothermal HVAC system could add another $200,000.

  • Kingston officials ask for help

    Water is a precious resource, but some in Kingston can’t pay the bill for it.

    Kingston city officials decided to launch a voluntary program to add $1 a month to water bills, but a year later, they still haven’t raised enough to meet their initial $1,000 goal.