Today's News

  • Oil theft suspect, store owner get into fracas

    A defendant in an open vehicular homicide case reportedly got into a tussle with Gateway IGA owner Roger Sharp on July 9.

    Johnny Foland, 52, is charged with assault and shoplifting in the incident in the Rockwood grocery store.

    According to the warrant, Foland tried to steal a bottle of two-cycle oil by stuffing it down his pants.

  • BIG ORANGE STRIKE: ‘Keep pursuing your dreams’

    It wasn’t quite the fourth quarter of Tennessee vs. Alabama, but University of Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs made a big throw of sorts Thursday morning.

    Dobbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the 2016 Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

  • State grant to help with walks at Ridge View

    Rockwood has received a Safe Routes to School grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks and crosswalks at Ridge View Elementary School.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller thanked state Senator Ken Yager and state Representative Kent Calfee for their support of the project.

  • OS town manager interviews underway

    The search is underway for a new town manager for Oliver Springs.

    Mayor Cecil Crowe has been interviewing candidates for the position since Becky Campbell resigned effective June 30.

    He told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week that whomever is hired will need to have water and wastewater knowledge, along with technical expertise.

    As of last week, he said he had received “6-7 resumes,” and was expecting two more recommended by MTAS.

  • Roane Master Gardeners honored


    DAMON LAWRENCE/Roane Newspapers
    The Roane County Commission recognized the Master Gardeners during its regular meeting on July 11. A resolution was passed in their honor during the meeting. The presentation includes, from left, Master Gardeners Maureen Leavitt, Steve Bryant, Maureen Bryant, Jean Lofaso, Russ Fuja, Lisa Deutsch, Bobbi Heneisen, University of Tennessee Extension Agent Jessica Wilkinson and Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • From Austria to Oak Ridge: Changing the world with a secret

    I was born and spent my first 17 years in Vienna, Austria. My mother tongue was, of course, German, and my foreign languages consisted of two years of French and six years of Latin. No English!

    When I joined the American branch of my family in Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 17, it didn’t take me too long to realize that I could not expect to ask any local gal for a date in German. So I had a powerful incentive to crash-learn the “new” language of English as fast as I could.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Uniforms don’t always produce uniformity

    Last week’s shooting by police, and of police, brought to the fore once again the nation’s seemingly never-ending trauma arising from the troubled relationship betwixt the negro and Caucasian races that has existed since the first days of the colonies in the early 1600s.

  • Pregnant woman dies in Harriman house fire

    A pregnant woman died in a house fire in Harriman late Tuesday night on Clifty Street.

    Lindsay Carter, 23, was inside the two-story home when it caught fire and was unable to exit to safely, according to a release from the City of Harriman.

    Harriman emergency responders responded to the 502.5 Clifty St. fire around 11 p.m.

    TBI is assisting the State Bomb & Arson and the Harriman Fire and Police Department’s with the ongoing investigation.

    For more information, look at Friday's Roane County News.

  • ‘Good budget’ official with no tax hike

    It’s official now: Property tax rates in Roane County will not increase for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

    The Roane County Commission voted unanimously during Monday’s regular meeting to keep the rates the same.

    “It’s a good budget with no tax increase for the citizens of Roane County,” Commissioner Stanley Moore said.

    The rural property tax rate will remain $2.575 per $100 valuation.

    The rate in Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood will stay at $2.515.

  • Watkins looking forward to building on successes

    July 1 marked a change for Roane County Schools.

    Leah Rice Watkins took over as director of schools, replacing Gary Aytes, who retired on June 30.

    Watkins said she appreciates the welcome she’s received from the community so far.

    “I look forward to serving them and working to grow the school system and continue the good works that have been started,” she said.

    The Roane County Board of Education picked Watkins in April to succeed Aytes. Her four-year contract started on July 1 and expires on June 30, 2020.