Today's News

  • “Tennessee Punch Bunch” Packs a Punch for Race Fans

    Dirt track racing is a sport growing in appeal and in popularity with more and more race fans turning to it in lieu of NASCAR. The appeal of the dirt racing has brought many reputable news outlets such as Dirt on Dirt, the Motor Racing Network, and 3 Wide Life to carrying more and more dirt track events.

  • Free dental clinics coming

    Roane County residents without dental insurance can seek treatment thanks to a cooperative effort between several agencies.

    A number of dental clinic opportunities will be offered in the coming months and organizers hope to build on that to make something even bigger.  

    “We are partnering with Roane State Community College dental clinic and Hiwassee College mobile dental unit,” said Dina Jackson, United Way of Roane County executive director.

  • Cutting ties with Kids Kabin a savings of $25,000

    After more than two decades, Roane County school children will be receiving occupational therapy from a different provider.

    Roane County Schools made the announcement on their website that they’re ending the relationship with Kids Kabin on Gallaher Road and going with Grace Rehabilitation Services.  

  • FEMA in Roane


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    A mountain of debris from recent storms sits at Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were in Roane County Thursday surveying the damage from the storms. 

  • Kingston struggles with towering issue

    Kingston officials may have to take action to prevent cellphone companies from setting up small cell towers in city rights of way.

    Councilman Tony Brown told city officials at a workshop Tuesday that municipalities like Kingston have been struggling with the same issue.

    “They’ve been dealing with this in Crossville,” Brown said.

    Unlike the traditional large cell towers that have historically been erected on private property, new equipment is smaller and capable of being installed on poles, buildings and even billboards.

  • Singing Cowboy


    HUGH WILLETT/Roane Newspapers
    John Henry, “The Singing Cowboy,” performed his repertoire of county, western, folk and gospel tunes at the Kingston Library Wednesday to kick off the Summer Reading Program. Henry, age 10, has been playing the guitar and singing for two and a half years. He is from Pikeville, TN and often performs at The Cowboy Church in Cleveland, TN.

  • Harriman tax hike not totally ruled out

    Harriman officials haven’t started looking at their 2018 budget yet, but Mayor Wayne Best hopes to see a number of issues addressed.

    Those issues include more paving and clean up.

    “We haven’t started meeting on it yet,” Best said. “We are going to address those issues in this budget.”

    City officials will have to look at how to fund more paving without a sales tax increase that failed in referendum last year.

  • At the Princess tonight


    HUGH WILLETT/Roane Newspapers
    Roane County’s Jason Eskridge will perform at the Princess Theatre in Harriman beginning at 8 p.m. today, Friday, June 9. He and special guest Damien Horne will perform a benefit show for the Greenwood School Foundation. The doors will open at 7 p.m.; tickets are $12.

  • Rockwood Library set to Build a Better World

    “Build a Better World” is the theme for Rockwood Public Library’s 2017 summer reading program.
    “The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world,” said Margaret Marrs, Rockwood library director.
    “This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, repurposing, and building. Through books, games and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A Wonder Woman you may know: Ann P. Harris

    Gentle reader, we saw in the news that the new Wonder Woman movie was the leading money-maker for the weekend, grossing over $100 millions.

    This was not an all-time record, but was a record for a picture made by a woman. We are pleased to see the Wonder Woman character revived, however, for us lascivious old men, the actress now playing the part will have to be quite good to outpace our recollections of Lynda Carter who had the role in the old TV series.