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Today's News

  • Candidate forum set on county offices

    Rockwood 2000, a non-partisan civic organization, will be hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Rockwood City Hall.
    This event is to educate the public about the candidates running for the positions of Roane County roads superintendent and Roane County property assessor.
    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the platform of each candidate.
    Those running for roads superintendent are:
    • James Beason
    • Dennis Ferguson
    • Brian Mullins

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Will we have to pay for warm weather of today?

    I was online late this week when I glanced at the weather. The predicted high in the forecast for Thursday was 72.
    Mercy!
    I keep looking for winter’s vengeance to come back at us for skating through a barely existent cold weather season, but each 10-day forecast shows much of the same: highs in the 50s, with a little variation here or there.

  • Old Bible lost in roaring house fire

    A South of the River home caught fire Wednesday around 9 a.m.

    Mike White was cooking breakfast in his family’s log home at 115 Hickory Lane when grease popped on his hand, spilled from the skillet onto the lit stove eye and caught fire.  

    With stored grease and lard in his cabinets above the stove, fire quickly spread up the walls and into the attic.

    “I don’t even cook breakfast,” he said. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

  • Howard's 34 leads Devils past Cherokees

    The Harriman Blue Devils are healthier and playing their best basketball at the perfect time for Coach Jeff King. 

  • Poor first half costs Lady Tigers in consolation loss

    A poor first half cost the Rockwood Lady Tigers dearly Tuesday night as Amy Breazeale's squad dropped a 58-50 decision at Greenback in the District 3-A consolation game.

  • Raiders win on the road

    On Saturday afternoon the Roane State men’s basketball team put together a sharp offensive outing at Cleveland State that allowed them to control the tempo of the game from start to finish.  

  • Defense leads Tigers to district title

    Paul Kamikawa's Rockwood Tigers were on a mission Wednesday night to leave no doubt as to who was the best team in District 3-A, and Kamikawa's squad did just that with an impressive 54-43 victory over Tellico Plains in the District 3-A Tournament title game played at Rockwood's Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

  • Second Lady Biden visits Roane County

    Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited the Harriman Technology Center Thursday afternoon along with the Secretary of Labor on their three-day "Community College to Career" bus tour. Please check Monday's issuse of the Roane County News for more information.

  • ISO delays irk Blair fire officials

    The Blair community is supposed to have an ISO evaluation.
    When that will happen is Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson’s big question. 
    “In 2011, I went up to the fire hall three times waiting for you guys to show up, and you never did show,” Nelson told Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose last week.
    Rose said they sent a request to ISO and did not hear back.
    Nelson said someone from Rose’s office was supposed to go and check Blair’s equipment.   

  • Pierce audit needs expert

    Rockwood officials are investigating several questionable credit card purchases after putting Public Works Director Tom Pierce on leave last week, but one thinks the audit needs more expertise.
    Councilman Jason Jolly thinks the city should look into having someone with more of a financial background take over.