Today's News

  • TVA foundation money all gone

    Public image repair projects funded by the remaining $1 million in TVA money were approved by the Roane County Economic Development Foundation on Tuesday.

    Officials dissolved the foundation afterward.

    “I’d like to personally thank, on behalf of TVA, Roane County, Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Kingston for these past six years and the great partnership that we’ve all worked together,” TVA executive Bob Deacy said. “I think we’ve come a long way.”

  • Top student writer looks to kin for inspiration

    For Rachel Smith, writing technique and inspiration come naturally.

    She used her memories of long winding drives to Kentucky, which always made her carsick, and colorful relatives to set the scene for a short story that was the overall winner of the Roane Writer’s Group annual student writing contest this year.

    “It was actually very easy for me to write because I loosely based it on some of my mother’s family from Kentucky,” Smith said. “I guess I should say very loosely ― they definitely are not that crazy.”

  • Janelle Arthur to give concert for Schools Foundation

    “American Idol” top-five contestant Janelle will give a benefit concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.

    Proceeds benefit Roane County Schools Education Foundation.

    Tickets are $20 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store, Roane County Schools’ central office, AGA Insurance and The Jewelry Exchange.

    Arthur, an Oliver Springs native, placed in the top five of the FOX reality television talent show in 2013.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... in San Diego!

    The Roane County News’ latest vacation adventure is with Madge Jackson of Kingston.

    She took the News with her to San Diego for her granddaughter’s wedding.

    She poses with son, Keith Hopkins, and daughter, Kathy Dawson, at the Port of San Diego at the USS Midway Museum and National Salute to Bob Hope.

    Planning a vacation?

    Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • Rockwood High alums’ annual reunion June 1-7

    The annual Rockwood Classmates reunion for all those who attended Rockwood High School will be June 1-7 on the Rockwood First Baptist Church lake property.

    No planned activities for Monday or Tuesday, but alumni are welcome to stop by and relax on the lake.

    A covered-dish dinner begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

    Thursday is Game Night; meal will be available from a vendor.

    A dance with a band performing will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

    Saturday activities begin at 11 a.m. with group class pictures.

  • Bidding open for Dunn Foundation online auction

    The Michael Dunn Foundation online auction is now live and will accept bids until midnight May 18.

    Register to begin bidding at http://michaeldunncenter.com/auctions/register.php.

    “By bidding, you are supporting our mission of ‘Empowering individuals living with disabilities and challenges to gain independence’,” said Michaele Butler, Michael Dunn Center’s vice president of public relations, development and quality assurance.

  • Oak Ridge Heritage group schedules May 8 cookout

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will have a cookout for its next monthly meeting.

    The meeting begins at noon May 8 at Midtown Community Center (Wildcat Den) at 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge.

    The event is open to the public.

    The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association serves to promote historic preservation and the history of Oak Ridge’s heritage.

    Monthly meetings are in Midtown Community Center, except when special “field trip” meetings are scheduled.

  • Property transfers: June 18-30, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    June 18
    ― From Bobby David Crass and Richard Crass to Robert L. Claiborne and Ginger H. Claiborne by warranty deed, District 2, Ervin C. Edwards subdivision, Lot 2C, $52,000.

    • From Lincoln Trust Co. Trustee and Sue E. Burrows to Pensco Trust Co. and Sue E. Ira Burrows by quit-claim deed, District 2, Docks at Caney Creek, Lots 17, 46 and 97, Phase 1, $0.

  • Gas prices continue to rise, but relief may be in sight

    Motorists headed to the pump are finding the highest gas prices of 2015.

    The national average price for regular unleaded is $2.62 per gallon, up 59 cents since this year’s low of $2.03 in late January.

    “Rising crude oil has pushed gas prices to their highest levels of the year,” said Josh Carrasco, AAA-The Auto Club Group spokesman.

    “Although prices are at their highest level of the year, they are still more than $1 cheaper than this time last year.”