Local News

  • School system ponders the director search process

    It could be next spring before the Roane County Board of Education picks its next director of schools.

    The board’s Director Search Committee met on Monday, Oct. 29, to discuss the process. There appeared to be a consensus among members that spring is a good time to conclude it.

    “I would like to have the final interviews in April, and have the hire by the first of May,” Board Member Danny Wright suggested.

    The school board hired Leah Rice Watkins in the spring of 2016 to replace Gary Aytes.

  • A ‘dog’ is a man’s best friend at Old Pals Kitchen

    Don’t let the construction on Roane State Highway scare you, Old Pals Kitchen in Rockwood is serving up gourmet hotdogs worth stopping for.

    Lucas and Rachael Denham just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of the restaurant.

    After experimenting with the menu and local appetites the couple decided to focus on doing one thing really well — hotdogs.

    Lucas brings years of experience from working as a chef in upscale dining establishments.

  • Rockwood to join purchasing organization

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council voted unanimously last month to apply for membership in The Interlocal Purchasing System or TIPS.

    The Interlocal Purchasing System is a national cooperative purchasing program offered by Region VIII Education Service Center, located in Pittsburg, Texas.

  • Berry named to board of directors of national association for counties

    The membership of the Tennessee County Services Association has elected Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry to serve the next year on the board of directors for the National Association of Counties.

    Berry, former chairman of the Roane County Commission for three years, has been active in the National Association of Counties’ new High-Performance Leadership Academy.

    The Academy is an online 12-week program developed by the Professional Development Academy and offered by National Association of Counties to county government officials and professionals.

  • Cornstalk Heights halts Christmas home tour

    The Board of Directors of the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization has made the decision to cancel the 2018 Christmas Tour of Homes.

    “This tour is something that our Community Organization has looked forward to presenting for the past 27 years,” said Alyse Porter, the organization’s president.

  • REU looks positively at broadband

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood Electric Utility Board was not put off by sticker shock Tuesday evening.

    According to a feasibility study conducted by a team of representatives from Nokia, Coring and Strata-G, delivering broadband through Rockwood Electric Utility will carry an enormous price tag — possibly more than $34 million.

    Even with the hefty numbers, the board agreed to hear more at their regularly scheduled meeting in November.

  • Jacobs Engineering defense rests in ash spill cleanup worker lawsuit

    Jacobs Engineering Group rested its defense in the ash spill worker on trial on Wednesday.

    It called three witnesses on Wednesday in what appeared to be an attempt to boost confidence in the air monitoring that went on during the cleanup.

    The workers suing Jacobs contend the monitoring data is worthless because Jacobs tampered with the samples and testing equipment.

    Jacob Gruzalski worked for Environmental Standards during the cleanup.

  • Brown sentenced for hitting KPD officer

    The days of running from police should be over for Henry Nicholas Brown. At least for a while.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Brown to 12 years in prison on Thursday for his latest evading the police incident.

    It happened on Aug. 6, 2017, and severely injured Kingston Police Department Sgt. Jerry Singleton.

    “I was at home for approximately six months after that unable to work,” Singleton said.

    Brown was behind the wheel of a truck that was pulling what appeared to be a car hauler trailer during the traffic stop.