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Today's News

  • Out to Lunch: Bubba Gump a fun, lively place to visit in Gatlinburg

    During the Christmas season, and on our birthdays/anniversary (all the same day), my wife, Carol, and I like to spend a few days in Gatlinburg. Our getaway place is the Riverhouse Motor Lodge on the river, where we have stayed for many years.

    Our South Knoxville furniture friends, Jerry and Mickey Pease, joined us for our latest visit.

    They looked forward to our “Out to Lunch” visit to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant, on the Parkway at Airport Road, next to the Convention Center.

  • Roane Health Department cited for readiness

    The East Tennessee Region Emergency Preparedness Program and the Roane County Health Department have been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies.

    The East Region Emergency Preparedness Program demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Get ready to clean your plate, help others this weekend

    Kingston Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    All proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

  • Roane County’s Habitat recipient of $5,000 grant

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Inc.

    The funds will be used toward construction of a new home for a Roane County family in 2014.

    “We are very grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for this grant,” said Todd Fisher, Roane County Habitat president.

  • Donate blood, give for Heart Month

    Medic Regional Blood Center is partnering with the American Heart Association during February in hopes of helping educate the public about being more heart healthy.

    Statistics show that the number one cause of death in Tennessee is cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    Medic is offering donors the chance to decline their T-shirt thank-you gift and opt to have the value of the shirt donated to the American Heart Association.

  • Bigger building, more jobs: Blue Bell expanding Roane County facility

    Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its facility in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The project will take the facility from 1,300 square feet to more than 12,000 square feet.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said the expansion could mean more jobs.

    “They expect to create 14 new jobs total from their expansion in addition to the 10 they had before,” she said. “Right now they are at 18 and they expect to be at 24 by year’s end.”

  • Creswell new Roane Alliance CEO

    Wade Creswell will be the next president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The organization’s board of directors selected him to succeed Leslie Henderson, who is retiring at the end of March.

    “I’m super excited about it,” Creswell said. “It’s a great opportunity. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to make a great difference in my community.”

    Henderson announced her retirement last year.

    Creswell said he looked into the job and became intrigued.

  • False alarm? You may be paying for it in Rockwood

    First reading of a Rockwood ordinance creating a permit requirement for alarm systems in the city and charging a penalty for excessive false alarms passed unanimously last week.

    “We have times where we get swamped by false alarms,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “A lot of times we’re going to a house or business or the fire department is answering them where we have no idea who a responsible party is, whether we need to make entry if it is a medical alarm or not, somebody to get a-hold of,” Wright said.

  • Harriman charter changes to be up for discussion Tues.

    Whenever Harriman officials start talking about changing the city’s charter, even minor tweaks can spark debate.

    Harriman City Council is supposed to tackle the charter change discussion once again this Tuesday at its 7 p.m. meeting.

    Councilman Buddy Holley will present changes he’s made to a draft of the charter for the rest of council to consider.

    Likely to be discussed is making city treasurer and city attorney appointed posts. Both are presently elected.

  • County zoning request responses mixed

    Several zoning resolutions were on the agenda at last month’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    J. Baker Hamilton owns 162 acres of woodland along Roane State Hwy. across from Roane County Park. He wants to market the property as commercial and requested that it be rezoned from low-density residential to highway commercial.

    The planning commission approved the request in December. The commission approved it at the January meeting.