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Today's News

  • Fleischmann still looking for cuts to seal ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

    Roane County’s congressman is noncomittal about the chances for a deal to avoid the what some have termed a looming fiscal cliff in the federal government.
    “I won’t say I’m optimistic or pessimistic,” said Chuck Fleischmann, who represents Tennessee’s Third Congressional District that includes Roane County. “I’m going to continue to be very diligent and vigilant, study the process, so I’m prepared to act if that (a deal) happens.”

  • Alleged offenders arrested in Roane

    A man accused of sex crimes in Georgia was arrested in Rockwood last Friday.
    City police went with the U.S. Marshals Service to a bakery to arrest William Bradley Jones, who was wanted for aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation.
    Jones, 22, was arrested and taken to the Roane County Jail.
    His home address in police and jail records was listed as 630 N. Front St., Rockwood. 
    The crimes Jones allegedly committed occurred over the summer in Woodstock, Ga.
    The alleged victim was 15.
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  • Change in page size this edition

    Although a changes in the Roane County News logo was made as planned with the last edition, the paper size did not change as announced due to a glitch in the pressroom
    The new, narrower format already adopted by the larger dailies in our area is now being used by the Roane County News.
    Newspapers have made the move to save on newsprint.
    A lack of competition in the paper market and other factors have sent newsprint paper costs soaring over the years.
     

  • Kingston city hall morphing

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The operative word in the latest progress update on Kingston’s new city hall might be “snug.”
    That’s a good a general word to describe the budget, some of the space allocation, and even progress toward meeting projected timelines for getting the new hall up and running.
    Snug, but certainly not uncomfortable.
    And no one is complaining, as the project seems to be going as well as can be expected for an endeavor of this magnitude.

  • REACH spree still holiday hit

    The early-morning hour Saturday didn’t stop young shoppers at Walmart from enthusiastically making rounds at the store.
    Operation REACH once again took selected youth shopping last weekend, with busloads of young people spilling out at the Rockwood store around 6 a.m. to buy gifts for their families. Later they headed to Rockwood High School and Rockwood Middle School to wrap them.

  • Skateboard park closed due to rash of vandalism

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    There will be no more kickturns, ollies, and certainly no more boardslides at Kingston’s Ladd Park.
    For the uninitiated, those are all skateboarding tricks.
    The city’s lone skatepark — at Ladd Park, in the shadow of the Clinch River Bridge on North Kentucky Street — was recently closed down, due to a rash of vandalism incidents.

  • GUEST OPINION: Don’t overlook the gifts of freedom on Dec. 15 holiday

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The law is murky, but probably not.

    It’s easy to take freedom for granted. If we’re complacent about our core liberties, we’re less likely to notice a gradual erosion.

    The best way to build awareness of our core freedoms is through education. That’s why the announcement of the nation’s first monument to the Bill of Rights comes as particularly good news.

  • New TVA chief is tested and proven

    By BILL SANSOM
    TVA board chairman
    The leadership transition at TVA is well under way.

    With the new year, the second CEO for the Tennessee Valley Authority will be in charge and continue the shift from over six decades of management by a three-member board to a more traditional corporate structure and part-time board.

    As the first CEO, Tom Kilgore set TVA on a clearer path tied to low rates, cleaner air and a diverse energy mix.

  • HISTORY for the HOLIDAYS
  • Roane State adds program to learn robotic equipment

    A new Roane State Community College certificate program in mechatronics will train students to become technicians who operate, maintain and repair high-tech automated manufacturing systems.

    The one-year mechatronics program begins Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, 214 Nave St. in Clinton.

    Anyone who is interested should call (865) 481-5424 or email stemmechatronics@roanestate.
    edu.