Today's News

  • Community forum on opioids, heroin Friday at RSCC

    Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will have a community forum on heroin and opioids from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 in the O’Brien Theatre on the main campus of Roane State Community College, between Harriman and Rockwood.

    Community resource tables will be available at 5:30.

    The documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Live of an Opiate Addict” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction and a question-and-answer session.

  • Photogs encouraged to enter Obed contest

    The National Park Service welcomes photographers to submit entries for a photo contest and exhibit at Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    The park is looking for striking digital images highlighting the spectacular views, historic sites, recreational opportunities, and diversity of life in the Obed.

    Images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, historic areas, weather or people interacting with nature within the boundaries of Obed Wild and Scenic River.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Historical analogies can be blinding


    Last week’s announcement that longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame was a pleasant diversion from other news.

    But for this news junkie, historian and Braves fan, Chipper’s story offers a cautionary tale about learning from history. It, in turn, lends needed perspective on that other news.

  • Guest Column: TNReady reports valuable for all

    By Amy Barbra

    For Roane County News

    This year, I started my 11th year of teaching. I love my job and believe with all my heart that I have been called to do it.

    I love that feeling you get when you see your students achieve a hard-earned goal.

    Let me give you an example: One of my favorite students so far has been Eric. Eric came to me struggling academically. He had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I saw so much potential.


    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition is trying to get the word out about Count It! Lock It! Drop It!

    The initiative aims to curb prescription drug misuse by advocating for people to count their pills, lock up their medications and drop off expired or unused medications for disposal.

  • Saturday Store something to bark about

    A great way to shop and support a worthy cause will be popping up —literally — at 110 North Kentucky St., the former location of the Roane County Republican Party across from Rite Aid.

    Outdoor Kingston is holding The Saturday Store, a pop-up store where two pop-up businesses will be at the location every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The first pop-up will be Feb. 3 and feature Jewels and Threads, an upscale women’s consignment shop, and Just Kidd’n Ewe Farms, a vendor that makes products such as soaps and lotions from goat milk.

  • Retired Teachers to meet

    Roane County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in Kingston Community Center for lunch.

    The Rev. Bill Fowler will speak about Roane County and the Civil War.

    Guests must make reservations for lunch by Jan. 30 by calling Wendy Howard at 548-5702.

  • Harriman may put splash pad at city’s community center

    Harriman officials are looking more strongly at putting a future splash pad next to the Harriman Community Center.

    During the Harriman City Council workshop last week, officials listed the pros of having it at the community center, including existing amenities such as bathrooms and concessions in the center and a staff member at the community center who can provide a level of oversight.

    They also discussed possible changes, such as renovations of the center to change entrances and moving the concession stand.