Today's News

  • Kids get up-close view of county at work

    Wade Creswell has a good idea of what business people want in their employees, thanks to his job as president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “They want skill sets,” he said. “They want experience. They want people who professionally are trained to do what they need done, but what they need more than anything else is dependability.”

    He said students can demonstrate their dependability to employers by doing four things.

  • Testing vendor fails to deliver

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes has seen a lot during his more than four decades in education.

    Wednesday was a first, however.

    The Tennessee Department of Education announced the termination of its testing contract with Measurement Inc., along with the suspension of all state testing in grades 3-8.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Aytes said. “I took standardized tests when I was in elementary school, and I’ve been in this 41 years, and we’ve always given one.”

  • Margrave Bridge completion more than a year away

    The replacement of the Margrave Bridge should soon be underway, but don’t necessarily expect to be driving across it this summer.

    The construction is to be completed on or before June 30, 2017, said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    It’s a welcome relief to some who live in the area or regularly travel on Margrave Street, which was once a popular route to the Flour Mill Flats ballfields and a means to avoid downtown traffic on Roane Street.

  • Quick action thwarts McDonald’s blaze

    Kingston McDonald’s customers were able to enjoy their breakfast Thursday morning.

    That might not have been possible without the quick work of the Kingston Fire Department, which responded to a fire at the restaurant at 1 a.m.

    “The KFD did an awesome job to make sure we would be ready to serve customers at open,” said Tara Stockton, an area manager for McDonald’s.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said his department was dispatched after a fire alarm went off inside the restaurant.

  • Facebook posts lead to stalking charge against 62-year-old

    Facebook posts were mentioned in a stalking warrant taken out on a 62-year-old Rockwood woman earlier this month.

    Emma Jo Chambers was arrested on the warrant on April 12.

    The alleged victim, Brian Phillips, accused her of driving by his residence and job, and posting disparaging things about him on Facebook.

    “Caller thinks he has a stalker on Facebook,” a dispatch report of his March 26 911 call said. “Caller advised her name is Emma Chambers, said that everything she has posted is about him.”

  • Old Roane Street fire
  • OFF the CUFF: Please please me: live and don’t die

    I acquired a fine roll of bubble wrap several years ago.

    I came into its possession for reasons I can’t recall. There was probably some project I had planned that was delayed until it evaporated from my memory.

    But you don’t give up high-quality possessions like bubble wrap merely because its original purpose has been forgotten. You never know when you might want to pack something, mail a fragile item, relieve stress or bring Dr. Seuss’ “Hop On Pop” to life.

  • Monkhouse signs with Roane State Community College

    Harriman senior Autumn Monkhouse signed to continue her basketball career at Roane State Community College last Friday morning and joins Kingston's Rachel Layne on the Raiderette squad for 2016-17.

    "Roane State is really close to home. I think they have a really good program," said Autumn, who plans to pursue a double major - psychology and criminal justice, to eventually join the FBI.

    "She is such unselfish player. Autumn works hard and gives a lot of options at point guard," said RSCC Coach Monica Boles.

  • Oliver Springs, Scott split non-district games

    The Oliver Springs Bobcats held their senior night on Monday, as they hosted Scott High in a non-district tune up against a larger team before District 4A play starts. The Bobcats split with the Highlanders on the night, as they lost the first contest  4-1 and picked up the victory in game number 2, 7-5.

  • Kingston rallies to defeat Catholic

    The Kingston Lady Jackets used an eight-run sixth inning to defeat Knox Catholic Monday evening in a District 4AA contest at Southwest Point.

    Knox Catholic took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on singles by T. Tipton, J. Wherle, Knieier and K. Gast, but the Lady Jackets sliced the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning on Meredith Garrett's two-run home.