Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Not Watson’s conjures memories, and the food’s awesome

    It’s been a couple years since my wife, Carol, and I had an “Out to Lunch” adventure in Downtown Knoxville (Old City) and historic Market Square.

    On our latest adventure, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, met us at Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar, 15 Market Square. They have been on several of our “Out To Lunch” adventures.

    All of us remember visiting Watson Department Store, particularly the “bargain basement,” in the late ’50s and ’60s.


    Area real estate agents got a sneak peek at waterfront homes and properties along the Emory River that will be offered for sale as part of a TVA auction on July 25.

    “They recognize this is an opportunity for them to help some of the people they are working with to hopefully find a home,” said J. Scott King, executive vice president of sales for J.P King Auction Company Inc., which will conduct the auction

    The 22 homes and 39 home sites range from large homes with open living spaces and scenic outdoor space to empty grassy lots ideal for future homes.

  • Moldy jail? Report cites issue

    Denise Messer, a detention facility specialist with the Tennessee Corrections Institute, noted mold issues during a recent inspection of the Roane County Jail.

    “Mold and or mildew are present on shower walls and above shower areas in the housing areas,” Messer wrote in her June 17 inspection report.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said inmates are responsible for cleaning up their shower and toilet areas.

    “Sometimes they don’t do such a great job,” Phillips said.

  • No tax rate, but budget still on

    Despite what’s happened the past two years, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s taking an optimistic attitude into the County Commission meeting.

    “I still have a good feeling about it,” Aytes said.

    The commission meets today – Monday – at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • Man accused of trying to ignite girlfriend has charge dropped

    The aggravated domestic assault case against Tyler Wright was dismissed in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Wright was accused of pouring lighter fluid on his girlfriend during an April 28 dispute at 518 Greenwood St., Kingston.

    Officers reported seeing burned paper and clothing on the road and sidewalk in front of the house.

    Wright’s girlfriend, Hayley Jones, also reportedly told police she feared for her safety after Wright poured lighter fluid on clothes and on her.

  • Affording lawyer latest in Tyler Farmer’s federal legal woes

    Tyler Farmer is having trouble finding a lawyer to represent him in his federal firearms case.

    The Kingston resident filed a handwritten motion from the Meigs County Jail on July 1, asking for court-appointed counsel.

    “I am not able to afford an attorney and request that one be appointed for me,” Farmer wrote.

    Farmer, 26, was arrested in Meigs County on June 12. Firearms believed to have been stolen from a residence in Roane County were reportedly found in his vehicle.

  • Doc losing patience with city’s flooding woes

    A longtime Harriman physician thinks the small city can do more about its infrastructure.

    Dr. Mimi Tedder’s office on Devonia Street was flooded by recent rains. While this incident was a particularly heavy rainfall, flooding on Devonia Street has been a consistent problem.

    “It is no more Mother Nature than Mother Goose,” Tedder mused during a Harriman City Council meeting last week.

    At some point, she said, it becomes either neglect or poor planning.

  • McDonald’s in Rockwood left off tax rolls

    Not having all properties on the tax rolls is one of the reasons locals are facing an increase in the property tax rate, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “That’s important for the public to know,” Woody said. “We’re having to have a tax increase because of the inefficiency in offices.”

    The Roane County Property Assessor’s Office is responsible for putting properties on the tax rolls.

  • First-aid backpacks go to pools, marinas

    Tennova Healthcare has delivered 50 fully stocked first aid backpacks to marinas and community pools across a 17-county area to assist in quickly addressing minor injuries.


    This summer, teachers are the students in the Educators in the Workplace program.

    Almost 350 educators from Roane and 14 other counties signed up to visit 14 businesses in the region for their “summer school” sessions.

    Roane County’s NetShape Technologies, KimbleChase Life Science and Research and TVA Kingston Fossil Plant were among the businesses.

    “Educators in the Workplace is beneficial for both the businesses and the educators,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.