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Today's News

  • RSCC’s Goff heads up Roane Alliance board

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff will serve as this year’s chairman of The Roane Alliance board of directors.


    “The Roane Alliance is very honored, to say the least, that Dr. Goff has agreed to give his considerable talents to the leadership of the Roane Alliance board in the coming year,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Alliance.

  • Out to Lunch: Riverwalk has so much, you’ll have to go back

    By Bethel Poston

    For this “Out to Lunch” adventure, I revisited a Loudon location I wrote about a year and a half ago.
    Then operated as Stonewall’s BBQ, the new restaurant at Carmichael Inn is now called Riverwalk Grille, with new cooks and a different food menu.


    I began making plans for a business lunch at Carmichael Inn when Bo Carey, my friend and furniture business associate, told me about the change of food served at Riverwalk Grill.

  • Two Roane blood drives next week

    Medic Regional Blood Center offers a free, non-fasting cholesterol evaluation and blood typing for all donors.

    Donors also receive Medic’s blood coverage, a program that exempts donors and IRS dependents from paying blood-collection or blood-processing fees if a transfusion is needed within one year of donation date.   

    Blood drives are planned next week in Roane County. Donors may give blood at Gateway IGA in Rockwood on Aug. 29, or at Harriman Family Dollar on Aug. 30.

  • LocoDocs fans rally cause on Facebook

    Rockwood residents past and present have taken to social media to rally support for LocoDocs, a company that has promised to bring 75 jobs to Roane County if city officials will agree to sell them property near a sports complex.

    But just in case the groundswell of Facebook support that’s come LocoDocs’ way in the past few days doesn’t sway city officials, the company is looking at other options.

  • Rockwood officer draws weapon

    A woman came close to getting shot by a Rockwood police officer last week, according to an offense report.

    Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to 111 E. Dunn St. on a stolen car investigation. The near shooting happened when the officer was on scene.

    “I noticed movement on the right side of my vehicle,” Thomas’ report said. “I saw Ms. Terry Fisher shutting the driver’s side door of the car in question and start walking my way with something shinny in her right hand.”

  • Beer board wants to reconvene without notice

    The Roane County Beer Board plans to reconvene its special-called meeting on Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear the county’s petition to revoke the beer permit of Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton.

    The board met Aug. 15, but recessed the meeting without taking any action.

    Some of the board members said they didn’t have to provide public notice of when they planned to reconvene, but those views weren’t shared by the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel.

  • Scam dashes job hopes

    It wasn’t the rolling hills or beautiful Watts Bar Lake that attracted Bracey Bahm to Roane County.

    Hopes of a job brought him here from North Carolina. Unfortunately for Bahm, what looked like a good opportunity turned out to be a scam.  

    “I not only paid for my trip up here and my wife’s, but also the guy that actually scammed us,” he said.

    Bahm is not the only victim. Authorities said more than two dozen people may have been duped by a man identified in Kingston police records as Rickey K. Hubbard.

  • At last! Long-awaited Midway school kitchen open

    Midway Middle School eighth-grader Tanner Seymour works his way through the cafeteria line at lunchtime Friday, the first day the new school kitchen was open and food was prepared onsite.

    The school had been built without a kitchen.

    Previously, food was prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.

  • Center offers opportunities for Roane area entrepreneurs

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center offers free advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in Roane County and surrounding areas.
    The center has two upcoming programs planned to assist business owners and those interested in starting a business.
    A free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Midway falls at Lookout Valley, 42-6

    By JON LEFFEW 

    Midway began the 2011 season Friday night on the road, and going in, Green Wave fans had many  questions.