Today's News

  • Tennessee Scholars: 121 Roane high school seniors cited

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Roane County Schools, recognized 121 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars at a breakfast awards ceremony on April 22.

    The graduating Tennessee Scholars are from the five Roane County high schools.

    At the ceremony, the students received a Tennessee Scholars certificate and medallion from Gary Aytes, director of Roane County Schools, and Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • RSCC garden plants dreams, too

    Service is becoming an important part of Jeremiah Johnson’s education.

    “You do not really think about all the needs in the community until you serve in the community,” said Johnson, a Roane State Community College freshman. “It has opened me up to things. It has helped me as a person.”

    Johnson receives the tnAchieves scholarship, which offers two years of community college tuition-free.

    The statewide Tennessee Promise program was based on tnAchieves.

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  • Dunn Center’s schools closing

    Michael Dunn Center’s Board voted to close its two school facilities Thursday, much to the disappointment of the families who rely on them.

    Closing will be the school on Michael Dunn property off Gallaher Road. Also to be closed is the Henry Center Day Care off Hwy. 27.

    Budget concerns are what forced the closures.

    The board met for about two hours and heard from concerned families who had students at the schools.

  • Persistent 911 caller got his ride

    Dennis Lowery got a ride in police car on April 29 — but not the one he wanted.

    The 34-year-old was arrested and taken to jail after he allegedly called 911 twice and asked for an officer to give him a ride to Rockwood.

    According to the warrant, Lowery called from the Super 8 Motel on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    “The dispatcher explained to him that it was not an emergency, and he needed to stop calling 911,” the warrant said.

  • TVA auctioning Emory River Road parcels

    TVA plans to hold a public auction to sell 62 parcels it acquired along Emory River Road because of the ash spill.

    The TVA Board of Directors approved the plan during its meeting in Huntsville, Ala., on Thursday.

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  • Rockwood official questions citizenship of store owner

    When Rockwood City Council approved a certificate of compliance for the new owner of Gateway Spirits, one council member had some questions about the citizenship of the new owner.

    Councilman Dudley Evans posed the question to Sanjay B. Patel, the sole member of Dhruvi LLC, at Rockwood’s City Council meeting last week.

    “I am a U.S. Citizen,” Patel told Evans.

    He also entertained Evans questions about why “the hell” Patels always seem to be in this sort of industry.

  • Two boys from Loudon County found in Rockwood


    Two Loudon County boys were found, thanks to Rockwood Police this weekend.

    Officers Jared Hall and Charles Haubrich were praised by Rockwood Police Department for finding 13-year-old Justin Brafford and 10-year-old Thomas Reece over the weekend. An East Tennessee Endangered Child Alert was issued for Loudon County Sheriff’s Office for the boys after they disappeared, last being seen at their home in Lenoir City 10:15 p.m. May 1.

  • Students exposed to perils of drunk driving