Today's News

  • Closures not always a lack of clientele

    Despite the fact that several businesses – primarily restaurants — have recently closed in Kingston, The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell told Kingston City Council the closures should not be confused with market trends.

    “Closures are typically the result of business decisions, not the ability of the market to support those businesses,” he said.

  • TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 up and running

    The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three weeks.

  • OUT to LUNCH: The secret’s out: Swifty’s has some darned good food

    Readers may remember my comments in previous articles that restaurant locations remain; only the operators change.

    Our most recent “Out to Lunch” adventure features a new Oak Ridge operation, Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill, at 119 S. Illinois Ave. In May of 2010 I wrote about Lincoln’s at this same location.


    Tears of joy flowed Friday morning at Autumn Acres Corn Maze near Crossville, as United States Air Force Staff Sgts. Thomas and Kim McCallister returned from a 7-month deployment in Southwest Asia.

    The McCallisters arrived at Knoxville’s McGee Tyson Airport at approximately 9:30 a.m. from their deployment and drove straight to Autumn Acres to surprise their two children, 6-year-old Kalin and 2-year-old Kamdyn. Kalin and Kamdyn were on a school field trip.

  • City drums up tax support

    Harriman officials continue to promote the sales tax referendum as early voting continues this week.

    In addition to mailing out information explaining the benefits of a sales tax increase, the city also has a website, /www.helpbuild

    harriman.com/, dedicated to explaining how much revenue it would generate and how it would go to infrastructure needs only.

    If approved, Harriman would go from collecting sales tax of 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent.

  • Kingston City Council hopefuls look to grow business, housing

    Kingston needs more businesses, more housing, more long-range planning and more people coming to meetings, according to candidates for City Council presenting their qualifications and ideas at the Community Center Thursday.

    The forum, sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party, drew a small crowd of perhaps two dozen citizens who listened to five minute pitches from each candidate before being allowed to ask questions.

    Incumbent Councilman Tony Brown described himself as the most outspoken member of the council, especially on fiscal policy.

  • Plateau Partnership Park’s got the power

    A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Aug. 4 to welcome a solar farm to Plateau Partnership Park.

    Two months later, the site is already generating power.

    “TVA just interconnected the site last Tuesday (Oct. 11), so it’s officially put into service,” Vis Solis Inc. President and CEO Carlos Mayer said.

    The 1 megawatt site features 3,276 solar panels. Mayer said setting those up was the easy part of the project.

  • Ex-pizza joint manager pleads guilty to theft

    James Douglas Jensen, a former manager of the Little Caesars Pizza in Kingston, pleaded guilty to theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said that between May 2012 and August 2012, Jensen instructed his employees at Little Caesars to withdraw money from the cash register so he could get change.

    “But Mr. Jensen did not get change and did not return that money,” Edwards said.

    “The net result is he took that money without the owner’s consent.”

  • Rockwood Lady Tigers beat CAK

    Kaley Legg scored two goals to lead the Rockwood Lady Tiger soccer team to a 2-1 victory over CAK in the Region 2A/AA semifinals Tuesday night, which earned RHS a berth in Thursday evening's championship game at Grace Christian and a first-ever berth in Saturday's section game against either Greeneville or University School.
    "That was 80 minutes of soccer. Finally....mind over body," said Rockwood Coach Don Maples. "It was a total team effort. "

  • Three county teams continue region play

    It seems every week in the regular season is more important than the week before, but that’s not really the case this week for Roane County teams.
    Only three games are on the schedule this week as Oliver Springs and Kingston have an open date. The other three games are all region contests, but for all intents and purposes, next week will be the week that decides the playoff fate for all county teams with a chance to make the postseason.