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Today's News

  • New contract for schools director

    A new contract for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins was unanimously approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Thursday.

    “I think she’s done a great job,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said. “She’s been under a lot of pressure, and she’s handled it well.”

    Watkins was an instructional supervisor for the Paris Special School District when she interviewed for the Roane County director of schools job in the spring of 2016. She beat out eight other candidates for the position.

  • Van hits tot

    A 2-year-old boy was struck by a minivan in the parking lot at Meadows Apartments on July 10. The Rockwood Police Department investigated.

    According to the report, 20-year-old Kayla Strader was traveling through the parking lot in a Dodge minivan when the child ran out into her path.

    “The vehicle knocked the child down onto the pavement causing bruising and abrasions to the right side of face and upper right side torso,” the report said.

  • Hear how TVA changed life in East Tennessee

    A free program about how TVA changed the landscape and supported the war effort in East Tennessee will take place this week in Oak Ridge.

    A Manhattan Project National Historical Park ranger will discuss the federal program at 1 p.m. July 21 in the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. For directions, call 865-576-6767.

    The public is welcome to join Manhattan Project National Historical Park to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial.

  • Truly defining the meaning of courage

    In the United States of America, we are fortunate to have the freedom of expression and the freedom of speech.

    People have the right to make whatever political statements they deem necessary, whether one prays before a game or, like the beleaguered NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, kneels during the playing of the National Anthem, it is protected under the statute of freedom of speech and freedom of expression, regardless of whether the stance is a popular one or not.

  • Kingston standout’s hard work pays off

    Life is full of beginnings and endings. Kingston outfielder Ben Hargis signed with Faulkner University Tuesday, starting the cycle again.

    After a productive career for the Yellow Jackets on diamond, Hargis will be a freshman for the Faulkner Eagles, looking to prove himself once again.

    “It’s a great school,” Hargis said, “they have a winning program and a winning culture at Faulkner and I want to be part of it.

    “I want to be part of a national championship team.”

  • Football is coming! the countdown to fall has begun

    The 7-on-7 scrimmages many call a “passing league” started this week. That means that summer if fast nearing its end and football season is looming on the horizon.

    The Rockwood Tigers hosted the Oliver Springs Bobcats Tuesday evening in Rockwood for a scrimmage.Despite the high temperatures, the scrimmage appeared to have its desired effect.

    “I think things went pretty well,” Rockwood Coach John Webb said, “I think this was the first time all of us were together since last fall.”

  • Junior Jackets face state tourney challenge

    The Kingston AAA All-Stars will be playing for a championship this weekend at the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament in Loretto.

    Some of the Kingston players have competed for titles before. With the ever changing nature of youth sports, that can be seen as an impressive feat.

    “Actually we have four on the team from last year,” Kingston Coach Jay Lane said, “but overall this is an all new team.

    “This team is ready to compete. We’re a good little ball team. We’re scrappy and a good solid team.

  • Jobless rate at record low

    From staff reports

    Accelerating job growth across the state is pushing Roane County unemployment to a record low.

    The 3.4 percent rate calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for May marks the lowest recorded unemployment rate in Roane County history, according to officials with the Tennessee Governor’s Office.

    That marks a drop of 2.3 percent from last June’s recorded rate of 5.7 percent. The 3.4 percent rate means there were only 770 people not working in a labor force of 22,800 people.

  • Houses most affordable in Roane

    Locals don’t have to look far to find the most affordable place in the country to purchase a home. They live in it, according to a report released last month.

    The report was conducted by ATTOM Data Solutions, and Roane County is at the top of the list in terms of lowest share of annualized wages (10.1 percent) to buy a median-priced home.

    “This is out of the 464 counties we analyzed for the report,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of communications for ATTOM.

  • City unites to help veteran

    The Rockwood community is rallying to make sure one of the city’s veterans has a safe place that will welcome his beloved dog.

    John Geary keeps to himself, but he and his dog Lexie are a familiar sight to people in Rockwood.

    The loyal pooch follows her shy master everywhere, waiting patiently outside area businesses until he comes out.

    People began recently discussing the condemnation of his 407 Molyneux St. home, which has fallen into disrepair, and fears he’d end up on the street.