Today's News

  • GOING with the FLO: Neighbor helping neighbor no better American role

    It is so inspiring to watch the people rush to rescue the flood victims in Houston; yet so painfully disturbing to see them come out to the boats and trucks with only what was on their backs or some with small white garbage bags of items and some carrying their pets.

    The fear and disbelief on the faces of the young and the old was so heartbreaking to me. They were obviously disoriented.

    Who wouldn’t be? They were leaving everything they held dear, and some were watching their homes and vehicles being submerged as they left.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Article reveals some pitiful anti-statue types

    Gentle reader, we don’t know about you, but the old curmudgeon is growing increasingly frustrated, exasperated, annoyed, disappointed, and in general disgruntled, as the state of both general and specific ignorance continues to grow apace.

  • Library latest recipient of Defenders benevolence

    Kingston Public Library’s children’s program is the latest beneficiary of the hard work and generosity of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

    The Defenders, whose members include law enforcement and emergency workers, recently donated a check for $1,000 to the library.

    “It will be a big help,” said librarian Emily Steele.

    Steele said the money will help purchase books, seasonal decorations and other items needed by the children’s program.

  • Students meet, beat academic targets

    More Roane County students are meeting course expectations.

    Roane County Schools reduced the percentage of students that performed below course expectations in every individual TNReady end-of-course subject for the 2016-17 school year, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

    “We are excited about the work occurring in our schools and we certainly attribute these results to the outstanding focus of our educators in addressing the needs of these students,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Grocer won’t tolerate theft

    The owner of the Rockwood IGA was hurt during a tussle with an alleged shoplifter on Tuesday.

    According to the police report, Roger Sharp sustained a head injury and was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    Police identified the alleged shoplifter as 41-year-old Misty Dawn Presswood of 804 Clifty St., Harriman. She’s charged with shoplifting, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

    Rockwood Police Officer Vianney Del Toro responded to the IGA to investigate a shoplifting report just after 8 p.m.

  • Shooting suspect nabbed
  • No word from state officials

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is still waiting to hear from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation about its oversight role during the ash spill cleanup.

    “I met with two assistant attorney generals,” Johnson said. “They advised that they had met with TDEC officials and TDEC general counsel and decided that TDEC should make the formal response to me.”

  • Hardee’s worker reportedly accepted drugs at counter

    An employee at the Hardee’s in Rockwood was cited for allegedly receiving drugs from her boyfriend while at work.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to the restaurant on a drug call on Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m.

  • Medicare seminar next week

    Roane County ElderWatch will have a free seminar, “Understanding the Medicare Maze,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    The goal is to help those who are turning 65, planning to retire or have questions about Medicare. Guest speakers include insurance professionals, an elder law attorney and a physician. Lunch will be provided.

    Preregistration is required due to limited seating; call Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services at 354-0450 to register.

  • HARVEY brings out Tennessee’s volunteer spirit

    Tennessee has long been known for helping those in need, so there’s no doubt the Volunteer State will do its part to help the recovery efforts in Texas from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.

    However, the best thing people can do now is wait.

    “Right now, the word I’m getting is don’t get in a hurry,” said Randy Roper, director of missions of Big Emory Baptist Association.