Today's News

  • Harriman cited for governing excellence

    The city of Harriman received the 2017 Tennessee City Management Association’s Award for Excellence in Strategic Planning and Governance for officials’ work to expand recreation, the city’s marketability and infrastructure without a tax increase.

    The city received the recognition for the way its leaders worked to achieve strategic goals by finding inventive savings solutions.

    The city was also honored with the Tennessee Municipal League’s Small City Progress Award.

  • Nonprofit deadline coming Tuesday

    Tuesday is the deadline for nonprofit organizations to submit requests for county funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Roane County Commission is accepting the applications, which are available online at www.roanecountytn.gov.

    Completed applications may be dropped off at the County Executive’s office in the Courthouse, Kingston, or mailed to Nonprofit Committee, P.O. Box 643, Kingston, TN 37763.

  • New bridge seen as boon to nearby marina

    When the state replaces the Caney Creek Road bridge, local officials are hoping the new structure is bigger than the current one. They believe that will benefit nearby Caney Creek Marina, which in turn could help the county’s bottomline.

    “The thing that I’m most interested in is the positive impact the new bridge will have on the further development of the marina and improve an already growing tourism industry here,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the current bridge has

  • Wartburg man indicted for rape

    A Wartburg man is facing sex crime charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    The grand jury indicted Michael Aaron Thebodeau last month for rape, incest and sexual battery by an authority figure.

    He’s scheduled to be arraigned in criminal court today – Monday.

    The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bin to collect unused medications installed at Rockwood Police Dept.

    Rockwood residents can now drop off their unused medicine at the police department now.

    A collection bin was placed in the department on Friday.

    “We want to try to alleviate the possibility of an accidental overdose from kids playing with stuff they’re not supposed to,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes.

    Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, liquid medications, inhalers and pills can be disposed of in the bin, which is located in the lobby.

  • Ribbon cutting for Superlative Harriman shop

    Superlative Vintage, a shop that specializes in vintage and retro merchandise at 426 N. Roane St. in downtown Harriman, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently with the Roane County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Free business-planning workshop set later this month at Roane Alliance

    A free business planning workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Jutta Bangs, director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center of Oak Ridge, will be the speaker.

    This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a business plan and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment.

    The workshop will also be useful for existing businesses who are looking into obtaining financing. Business plans are required by lenders.

  • Optimist Club football camp scheduled

    The Kingston Optimist Club announces their 4th annual 2017 Football Camp for kids age 4 to 13 and KOC football coaches.

    Learn football fundamentals, speed and agility drills, team building skills from RCHS alumni and head football coach Brian Pankey and his coaching staff..

    WHEN: July 17th, 18th, and 20th 6:00 pm

    WHERE: RCHS Practice football field

    COST: $30 (includes football camp t-shirt)

    Pre-register on Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon at Cherokee Middle School concession press box or register on the first day of camp.

  • Local shooters take aim at recent state championship

    More than 1,300 youth athletes, from middle school to college, participated in the 2017 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships on June 20–24 in Nashville.

    The State Championships spanned five full days of co-ed competition in three shotgun shooting sports disciplines: trap, skeet and sporting clays. Individuals and teams from all corners of the state competed for titles in nearly 70 categories.

  • Leveling the playing field

    By Brody Jones


    Around Roane County’s high school sports scene, there is one common refrain that parents, coaches, and players repeat frequently: “It’s hard to compete with a private school.”

    The reasoning? Those schools are able to give students scholarships or even discounted tuition, while a public school is unable to do this sort of thing.

    Truth be known, it’s hard to blame the private schools themselves for this way of attracting students and athletes.