Today's News

  • OFF the CUFF: Pickpockets minor in wake of attacks

    My daughter received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the summer of 2014.

    An anthropology student at East Tennessee State University, she was able to go on a three-week archaeological dig at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

    Leaving her at Tri-Cities Regional Airport for the first leg of her journey was one of the hardest things I’ve done as a parent.

    Have we done everything to keep her safe from pickpockets?

    My baby’s flying over an ocean! For a long time!

  • ‘There is hope out there’

    Those struggling with addiction may feel hopeless, but those facing the pull of substance abuse can escape its grips.

    Kingston resident Kim Bell knows that there is hope.

    She recently celebrated her ‘clean date’ anniversary on Nov. 3.

    “I was in addiction now it has been six years ago, and I came out and went back to school and became a productive member of society,” Bell said.

    “It’s possible. It’s not that you are always going to be an addict and stuck in addiction.

  • Qualls’ third schools chief search?

    Wayne Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, could once again lead the Roane County Board of Education’s search for a new director of schools.

    His name came up when the search was discussed during a work session on Thursday.

    “Do you all have any suggestions?” Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley asked.

    “Just hire that same dude,” Mike Taylor said, referring to Qualls.

    “Mr. Qualls, I’m all in favor of that,” Mike “Brillo” Miller added.

  • Inmate walks off work detail

    A Roane County Jail inmate with a lengthy rap sheet walked off a work detail at the Roane County Courthouse on Thursday around 8 p.m.

    Adam Dewayne Phillips had earned “trusty” status at the jail, even though he was sentenced to 13 years in state prison in July on charges that included aggravated robbery, theft, burglary and vandalism.

  • Dream’s reality heralded in Oak Ridge

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody was in Oak Ridge Thursday as a guest speaker to celebrate the formation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    The park was officially established last week with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

    “We are excited that you have joined us today to celebrate the planning, creation, and operating of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park,” Woody said.

  • Arby’s truck out of Roane

    The Arby’s food truck has made its last visit to Roane County — for now.

    Arby’s Chief Financial Officer Carrie Gandy said Walgreens management informed them on Friday afternoon the truck — a Wednesday mainstay in the store’s parking lot for more than a year — is no longer welcome.

    “We will not be returning anytime soon,” she said.

    Gandy said Walgreens management told her company’s officials they had received complaints from customers because the company does not pay Roane County sales taxes.

  • Roane feeling pinch of late tax bills

    In her five-plus years as Roane County’s budget director, Kaley Walker can’t recall a more challenging time financially.

    “This is the worst that it’s been, but it’s not to the point of not being able to pay bills,” she said.

    Local governments depend heavily on property tax revenue.

    It’s now more than four months into the fiscal year, and none has come in yet because the 2015 tax bills have not been sent out.

    In normal years, they go out the first of October.

  • RMC makes top grade in patient safety

    Roane Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score rankings released by The Leapfrog Group.

    The Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

    “Our mission is to provide high quality care to the residents of Roane County each and every day,” said Gaye Jolly, chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.

  • Camping out for Fallout


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Jacob Harvey, Ryan Fink, Holden Winton, Tyler Koziel, Adam Brock, Andrew Collett, Blayne Crabtree and Tucker Goldston hang outside Gamestop in Rockwood awaiting the midnight release of new video game Fallout 4, a post-apocalyptic game centered on a character trying to survive the devastation left behind decades after a nuclear fallout.

  • Networking tips at seminar

    “Networking Now: The New Way to Develop Business” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.
    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and King University, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.
    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.