Today's News

  • School board stymies transfer of Dunn land

    Is the Michael Dunn Center in the way of future retail development along Gallaher Road?

    Some county officials think so, according to President and CEO Mike McElhinney.

    “Members of the County Commission have said we don’t want to see Michael Dunn Center basically in our way if a venture, a Target or some other commercial development would begin along Gallaher Road,” McElhinney told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

  • Harriman looking at hiring facilities worker

    Harriman wants someone in place to maintain downtown hospital property when Covenant Health moves Roane Medical Center’s operations to Midtown.

    City Council approved creating the position of a facilities maintenance worker for those buildings and other city-owned structures, such as the Temperance Building.

    “There is no doubt there is going to be a tremendous need for the position,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Starving boy’s dad makes court appearance

    Child starvation defendant Matthew Dotson made an appearance in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    A Roane County grand jury indicted him and his wife, Amanda Dotson, for first-degree murder in June. They are accused of starving their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.

    Matthew Dotson was released from jail on a $100,000 bond on June 29. Amanda Dotson remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said pretrial motions are scheduled to be heard in the case in March.

  • Out to Lunch: Riverside Grille proof that change is a good thing

    You may think of this “Out to Lunch” article as déjà vu (French for already seen).

    One year ago, I wrote about this restaurant location, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, in Oak Ridge when it was called Flatwater Grille. Locals may remember it was originally called Gregory’s.

    In February of this year, it became Riverside Grille, managed by the Knoxville folks who operate Lakeside Tavern on Concord Park Drive and Parkside Grille on Peters Road.

  • Employers hiring vets may earn tax credit

    Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS.

    Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year.

    Here are six key facts about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit as expanded by VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011:

  • Business is booming for Shoppes at Walden Ridge

    A new sports bar and restaurant, physician’s office and a bevy of small storefronts have opened up at Rockwood’s Shoppes at Walden Ridge.

    “We’ve got this whole side filled. It has been unreal to see we could do that in such a short time,” said Jane Long, who moved her longtime business Roane Realty into the complex.

    She, along with other partners, closed on the shopping complex in January.

  • Earthquake felt in Roane County

    At 12:08 Saturday afternoon, Roane County residents received quite a shock as a 4.3 magnitude earthquake centered eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky was felt throughout East Tennessee. Whitesburg is located approximately 45 miles NNW of Kingsport.

    Social media lit up after the event with people all across Roane County saying they felt the effects of the tremor. The quake was reported to have been felt as far south as Atlanta and as far north as Cincinnati, although no immediate damage has been reported.

  • Warriors end Kingston's playoff run, 23-7

    It wasn’t the ending they were hoping for, but the Kingston Yellow Jackets walked off the field at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) with their heads held high Friday night following a 23-7 defeat at the hands of the defending state champion Warriors in the second round of the TSSAA Class 3A playoffs.

  • Bucking national trends, it’s Romney over Obama here

    Bucking the national trend, Roane County and the rest of the state went heavily for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s election.
    However, the solid local and state support wasn’t enough to help Romney achieve his goal of capturing the White House.
    The former Massachusetts governor conceded the presidential race to Barack Obama around midnight Wednesday.

  • Good news for schools in grad rates, math

    Improvements in math and graduation rate: Those were the two things Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he was most proud of about Roane County Schools 2012 state report card.
    In the academic growth category, Roane County received a C in math in 2011.
    In 2012 the county scored an A.
    The graduation rate went from 78.2 percent in 2011 to 88.8 percent in 2012. 
    “That’s tremendous,” Aytes said.
    Aytes said the disappointments were in reading/language, science and the ACT.