Today's News

  • Packard’s a game changer in Kingston

    Packard’s in Kingston opened June 6, providing a new source for games and movies in Kingston.

    The original Packard’s opened in Oak Ridge by John Packard and his family and reopened under an investment group in July 2014.

    “We just thought Kingston was a nice spot and far enough away from our Oak Ridge store for there to be a need for it,” he said. “There are other locations in the works, but we can’t say for sure where they are going to be yet until it is time for them to open.”

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  • Time management on workshop agenda

    “Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be on Aug. 27 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m. The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m.

    The workshop will focus on return on time invested, what and how to effectively delegate, and managing paper, work and interruptions.

  • All Sales Vinyl marks first year of Kingston native’s dream come true

    It’s been a big year for Kyle Romine.

    The Kingston native marked the first anniversary of a dream come true over the weekend.

    The dream was to turn a hobby into a full-time business, and he did that on Aug. 1, 2014, when he opened All Sales Vinyl in downtown Rockwood.

    Though the sign shop has stood as a full-time business for a year, All Sales Vinyl actually began 12 years ago in Romine’s home.

    There, he worked on signs, printing and graphics on a part-time basis while holding a full-time job during the day.

  • New Bowers entrance with redo of Ruritan Road

    As the widening project on Harriman’s Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A slowly takes shape, some changes are starting to be made.

    They include a new entrance to Bowers Elementary School.

    State offficials said the new school entrance will be open by Aug. 7 — three days before the start of school next week.

    “The new entrance to the school is off of SR. 29 south of Breazeale Street,” said Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman.


    Film crews and cast ― including two officers with the Harriman Police Department — spent part of last week filming at the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.

    Knoxville’s Jupiter Entertainment was in town to film scenes for an episode for “Homicide Hunters,” an Investigation Discovery series that chronicles true-crime stories investigated by John Kenda, a longtime Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant.

  • Crash fatal for OS man

    An Oliver Springs man was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 532 Scandlyn Hollow Road in Oak Ridge shortly after noon on Friday.

    Roy W. Cox, 73, of Oliver Springs, was killed in the crash, which ejected him from his 2007 Ford Ranger.

    According to a preliminary Tennessee Highway Patrol report, a northbound 2013 Dodge Ram driven by Rebecca L. Tiller, 43, of Knoxville, was negotiating a curve on Scandlyn Hollow Road when it crossed into Cox’s southbound lane of travel and struck his vehicle head on.


    Officials are still waiting to hear about the outcome of Roane County’s federal grant application that would provide funding for a drug court.

    The county applied for the $350,000 grant in April.

    “We will not know about the federal grant until late September,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Thursday.

    That hasn’t prevented the county from moving forward with the program, however.

    Earlier this month, the Roane County Commission voted to accept a $50,000 annual drug court grant from the state.

  • TennCare returns to old policy

    TennCare participants need to make sure they are going to a primary care provider.

    Kathy Cronan with Community Care Walk-in Clinic said staff members have been told in insurance meetings that TennCare is returning to a policy once referred to as “lock-in a doc.”

    Where participants have always had a primary-care provider listed, those same participants were able to use a different doctor.

  • Spreading the wings