Today's News

  • Enrichment credit union kicking off Gloves of Love

     Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch will soon begin collecting gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County through its annual Gloves of Love campaign.

    Many children go to school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, and the credit union aims to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year.

  • Buccaneers end Tigers season again, 27-19

    For the third time in the past four seasons, the Boyd-Buchanan Buccaneers have ended Rockwood’s season as Friday night the Tigers dropped a 27-19 decision in Chattanooga in the opening round of the TSSAA Class 2A playoffs.

  • Third time’s the charm for Jackets at Polk, 49-14

    Coming off a disappointing 28-0 loss to Loudon to end the regular season, the Kingston Yellow Jackets put together a phenomenal performance Friday night in blowing out Polk County on the road, 49-14.

  • Sex offender still racking up crimes

    The Tennessee Department of Correction is responsible for supervising registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins.
    Mullins, 31, who has a Harriman address, is considered a violent sex offender, according to his profile on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.
    Despite the state’s alleged efforts to protect society, Mullins appears to still be a danger.
    He has been indicted by Roane County grand juries three times over a 12-month period — most recently on Oct. 16, when he was indicted for the alleged rape of a 15 year old.

  • Schools sold at auction

    Two closed Roane County schools were sold at auction on Wednesday.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Elementary School sold for $105,000 and Walnut Hill Elementary School sold for $44,000. Proceeds will go into the school system’s capital projects fund.
    Dyllis, at 510 Dyllis Road, Harriman, closed after the 2011-12 school year.
    Walnut Hill, at 215 Maple St., Harriman, closed after the 2010-11 school year.
    In September, the Roane County Board of Education voted to sell the schools at auction.

  • Power outage set for parts of Rockwood

    Approximately 60 customers of Rockwood Electric Utility will experience a temporary power interruption on Wednesday, Nov. 7, while TVA replaces equipment at a substation.
    The scheduled outage will begin, weather permitting, at approximately 10 a.m. and last about four hours.
    Power will be rerouted to most customers.
    However, power will be interrupted to REU customers in the Roane Cardiff Valley Industrial Park, all of Furnace Avenue and Zumstein Drive, as well as those on the 600-800 blocks of North Trinity and West Dunn streets.

  • Who's Really Watching?

    Tennessee has some work to do when it comes to monitoring offenders.
    Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson recently released an audit of the state Board of Parole that found, at a minimum, annual arrest checks were completed on behalf of 82 parolees who had been dead for periods ranging from less than six months to more than 19 years. 
    At worst, officers actually documented contact indicating other dead offenders were still alive.

  • Campaign chill
  • Looseleaf Laureate: Clubs, news outlets face similar challenges

    I recently had my first speaking engagement in Knoxville.
    As I looked around the lunchroom at the Foundry restaurant, the faces of the Northside Kiwanis members who invited me to talk about journalism and Roane County told me we had much in common.
    Many of the members were well past retirement age.
    Nationwide, Kiwanis and many similar service organizations, such as Rotary and Lions clubs, are struggling to repopulate their ranks as older members drift away or die.

  • Coats for the Cold collections to start

    Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold campaign kicks off next week with four collection sites.

    The 18th annual campaign aims to distribute coats to those less fortunate to help keep them warm this winter.

    The public can help by dropping off unused coats and jackets starting Nov. 5 at one of four collection sites:

    • United Community Bank, Kingston

    • Chase Drugs in Physicians Plaza, Midtown

    • Live and Let Live Drugs, Rockwood