Today's News

  • Lending to be emphasis of workshop

    Small-business owners have an opportunity this month to take advantage of a free workshop that teaches about business lending.

    “Getting Ready to Go to the Bank” will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Jutta Bangs, director and senior business specialist with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College, will lead the workshop.

  • Rockwood dominates Loudon

    The Loudon Braves came to town Thursday night to battle the Rockwood Tigers, but did not get the outcome they were looking for.  

  • Wartburg downs HMS in thriller, 52-50

    It was one of those games that the Harriman Middle School Blue Devils and Wartburg Bulldogs had circled, and it lived up to the hype as Wartburg (6-0) handed Harriman (5-1) their first loss of the season in a thrilling 52-50 contest at Wartburg.

  • Kingston team wins tourney
  • Midway splits with Fort Loudon

    It was a long night for the Midway Middle School Lady Waves, but a short night for the Green Wave when they split a pair of district games with Fort Loudon last week.

  • No one fights alone: Cherokee team dedicates season to Amy Workman

    The school mascot is a yellow jacket, but lately the Cherokee Middle girls basketball team has been sporting some zebra stripe.

    That’s because the team has dedicated its season to Amy Workman.

    “It was awesome,” she said of the team’s gesture. “I had no idea they were going to do it.”

    Workman is battling neuroendocrine carcinoma. The ribbon for her type of cancer is zebra stripe. The slogan is “No one fights alone.”

  • Rockwood says no to ex-official for bldg. duties

    A former Rockwood City Council member will not be taking over part-time building inspector duties.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans passed on a vote to hire Harold Ishman for $30 an hour.

    “To pay what could be paid out on this is an enormous amount of money,” Evans said, “and we’re trying to save money every way that we can.”

    Council members Mike Freeman and Bill Thompson voted against the motion, while council members Jason Jolly, Pete Wright and Jane Long voted in favor of it.

  • Police badges, no uniforms, stolen at store

    The owner of A-1 Tactical told authorities no police uniforms were taken during a break-in at his store.

    “That’s what the owner is saying,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The offense report filed in the case on Nov. 23 said, “there is a possibility of full uniform sets taken as well, as the owners were moving merchandise to another store location.”

    Police items that were reported stolen included handcuffs, pepper spray, flashlights and four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges.


    Christmas is about giving, and one Cherokee Middle School student who embodies that spirit is collecting Santa letters to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    Madeline Moore decided she wanted to collect the letters after seeing Macy’s commercials that promise the retail powerhouse will donate up to $1 million — $1 per letter — to the charitable organization which grants dreams to terminally ill youngsters.
    “I just love helping people that need the help and deserve the help,” said Madeline.

  • Rockwood taking break from annual home tour

    Rockwood 2000 celebrated its 21st Christmas Tour of Homes in 2011.
    There won’t be a 22nd — at least, not this year.
    “We couldn’t get enough homes to have a quality tour,” said Mary Kau, Rockwood 2000 president. “I’m afraid it would have been very disappointing with the few we were able to get signed up this year.”
    The city’s revitalization, preservation and beautification organization will revisit the fundraiser again next year if more participants are interested in showing their homes.