Today's News

  • Picnics and Pianos
  • Wendell’s Diner fare tops in magazine guide

    It’s no secret to folks in Roane County that Wendell’s Diner in Midtown has some of the best burgers around.

    Now people outside of Roane County are finding out. Wendell’s Diner was recently tabbed in Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Guide to the South’s Best Burgers.”

    “We’re very proud of this,” owner Wendell Ruppe said. “We don’t even know how we got nominated. We don’t know if they had someone come in or if someone nominated us, but this is great.

  • Chamber unveils new Web presence

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce has worked for many years to offer new ways to grow area businesses.

    One of those ways is through a newly designed, more interactive website that provides more opportunity for members and the community to engage in ways never before possible.

    The website — www.RoaneChamber.com — is now up and running.

    “With the dependence our society has on digital communication, the way the Chamber serves its members must also change,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • The Bridge at Rockwood earns national accreditation

    The Bridge at Rockwood has achieved 2015 accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

    “We couldn’t be prouder of our team of caregivers for the compassionate, quality care they work so hard to offer, which is reflected by this accreditation,” said Kathy Owens, chief nursing officer for Signature HealthCare, parent company of The Bridge at Rockwood.

  • Chilly weather heats up business for Starnes

    Roane Countians who depend on wood stoves for heat and the chimneys they’re connected to now have a place to turn to for service, products and answers — and just in time for cold weather.

    Jody Starnes turned his passion for wood stoves and chimneys into a career, opening Starnes Chimney Sweeps Woodstoves and Patio Store in Kingston.

    He’s a chimney sweep who sells and installs chimney inserts and wood stoves.

  • Roane law enforcement agencies awarded grants

    Eight Tennessee Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Roane County.

    The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    “These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”

  • History Crumbling: Hall’s Dime Store first of problem buildings to go

    The last remnants of Harriman’s Hall’s 5-10-25-Cent Store came down Thursday morning after the majority of the building was torn to the ground Wednesday.

    The 519 Roane St. structure is in the same block as the former Miller & Brewer store, which was gutted by fire on Jan. 8. Hall’s, which sold a mish-mash of items, was known for its candy counter.

    “As kids, we all went there for fresh candy out of the old wood and glass counters,” said Blake Kirkland. “My mom went there as a child also.”

  • Call today to schedule hearing to appeal property assessment

    A high number of appeals has caused the Roane County Board of Equalization to extend its session. It was scheduled to end today – Friday – but Chairman T.H. Brown said the board now plans to meet until all appeals are heard.

    Those who wish to appeal have until 4:30 p.m. today to contact the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office to schedule a hearing before the board. The phone number is 376-4362.

  • Charges pending in crash

    Charges are pending against a woman involved in a Monday crash on Hwy. 70 in East Roane County.

    The crash happened around 11 a.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Meredith Hicks was headed east in a 2006 Chevy Equinox when she crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 73-year-old James Bryant.

    Hicks, 48, was ejected upon impact. She was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by Lifestar helicopter.

  • Tractor pull, show next weekend

    Three Rivers Antique Engine and Tractor Club will have its 19th annual show and pull on Oct. 2-3 at Roane State Expo Center.

    The garden tractor pull will be at 7 p.m. Friday.

    A truck and tractor pull starts at 4 p.m. Saturday; other Saturday events are a slow-tractor race, parade of power, pedal tractor races and pulls, skillet toss and wrench toss. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

    Call Billy Norman at 466-1658, Margaret Guttenberg at 376-9942, Charlene Taylor at 740-7039 or Doug Burgess at 621-1627 for details.