Today's News

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.1% in Sept.

    Statistics released late last week indicate things are looking up on the employment front both in the area and across the country.

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports Roane County’s unemployment rate for September continued to decrease.

    The rate, at 7.1 percent, is 0.7 percent lower than in August. It’s considerably lower than in September 2011, when the county recorded a jobless rate of 8 percent.

  • Kingston Gold Buyers now open

    Kingston Gold Buyers LLC is now open at 207 E. Race St.

    “We are a locally owned gold and silver buyer and case knife retailer,” said owner Bobby Cox, who serves as buyer with Max Cronan.

    “We specialize in gold, silver, jewelry or coins, also sterling flatware,” Cox added.

    Pepper spray is also available for sale.

    Cox said offering different brands of knives and collectible coins are avenues he’s eyeing for future expansion.

  • Opening celebration for Hair & Body Image


    Hair & Body Image Salon of Kingston recently had a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration. Taking part in the festivities are, from left, Stephanie Ferguson, state Sen. Ken Yager, Kent Calfee, Ann Green, Kenyon Mee, Michelle Love, Amanda Monroe, Mayor Troy Beets, Stephanie Cofer, Nikki Conley, Tammy Love, Nikki Bradley, Janice Coker, Jan Treadway, Rose Meza, Kim Harris, Phillip Kelly and Judy Garrell. The salon is at 321 E. Race St. Call 376-0017 for details.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Let’s be frank: You’ll eat like a bow-wow at Double Dogs

    I’ve often mentioned my fondness of hot dogs. So when friends in Knoxville mentioned Double Dogs on Hardin Valley Road, it immediately stimulated my taste buds for a hot dog.

    Computer research told me the place is named for actual canines — Bo, a yellow Lab, and Chancey, a black Lab — but it didn’t affect my desire for a visit.

    Try www.doubledogs.com or call 865-470-4447, for more information and history.

  • Rockwood rolls past Green Wave, 35-0

    In a night when almost everything went right for Rockwood, and almost everything went wrong for Midway, the Tigers pounded the Green Wave 35-0 in the final game of the regular season for both teams.

  • Devils fall at Greenback, 42-0

    The Harriman Blue Devils did not have the season that they wanted, but they were looking to end the season on a high note with a good showing against the Greenback Cherokees.  Harriman (1-9) gave it their all and fought hard, but just could not match up with Greenback (9-1), losing by a final score of 42-0.

  • Bobcats miss out on playoffs following 21-0 loss

    For the Oliver Springs Bobcats, their playoff hopes and aspirations rested on a unique scenario, a game against the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets, a team that averages 48 points per game in Kentucky high

    school football.

  • Red zone woes cost Kingston in loss

    Kingston played well between the 20s Friday night, but the red zone area was a different story, as the Loudon Redskins knocked off the Yellow Jackets on Senior Night, 28-0.

  • REU unveils new energy program

    Somewhere out there, a neighbor is logging into the Internet to turn off her water heater.
    Another is using his smart phone to turn down his thermostat.
    Using special utility technology they didn’t directly spend a dime on, they are saving themselves — and very likely, you — money.
    It’s all part of Rockwood Electric Utility’s Smart Energy program.
    This year, REU has been recruiting electric customers to get about 100 to participate in this pilot program.

  • Students get taste of civics

    A career in government is not in Kyle McGee’s immediate plans, but the Oliver Springs High School senior did find value in Thursday’s Roane County Student Government Day.
    “I’m liking it a lot,” he said. “I’m actually learning quite a bit about the local government that I didn’t know already.”
    Matt Snow, a junior at Harriman High School, said he was also enjoying the experience.
    “I’ve learned some things about what goes on over here,” he said.