Local News

  • Janelle comes home to raise money for schools

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur takes the Princess Theatre stage earlier this month in a benefit concert for Roane County Schools’ Education Foundation. Arthur finished in the top 5 during the 2013 season of “American Idol,” a longtime talent show on FOX-TV.

  • Cherokee students have grand day at college

    Cherokee Middle School eighth-graders took over Roane State Community College.

    As part of Roane State’s College Student for a Day program this week, the 168 students were divided into groups and took classes on topics like speech and teamwork, interactive science classes and hands-on EMT and paramedic courses.

    “It is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be,” said Sierra Lay.

    Her favorite part was the chemistry lab.

    “We got to pop balloons with dry ice,” she said.

  • Main drag in Rockwood being paved

    Some notoriously bumpy intersections on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood are becoming a little kinder for motorists.

    Work began this week to repave the main part of the strip, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation officials.

    As with the paving on Kentucky Street in Kingston, the work is being done at night. However, the project will be longer than just a few weeks, with a concluding date around July 31.

    The project includes federal, state and local funds.

  • Rockwood chief retiring after decades of putting out fires

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz, a city firefighter for several decades, is retiring after this week.

    “I hired him when I was mayor the first time,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, whose first term as mayor was in the early 1990s.

    “He’s been an excellent chief,” Miller said. “He’s brought a lot of knowledge to the fire department because he’s what you call a master firefighter.”

    Wertz’s colleagues appreciate him, as well.

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  • Box lunch fundraiser June 15

    Tired of the usual lunch offerings?

    Leadership Roane County’s Class of 2015 is holding a barbecue boxed-lunch fundraiser on Monday, June 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Hosted by Jamestowne Assisted Living at 851 Lawnville Road in Kingston, the food is available for drive-up or delivery.

    Questions? Call or text (865) 293-7680 or email watersmh@roanestate.edu.

    Proceeds will benefit Round About Roane, an elder transportation program from the Mid-East Community Action Agency.

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  • Jousting for more permanent impact


    Tennessee Medieval Faire hopes to draw visitors from across the region this month.

    Organizers of the event, which kicks off Saturday, hope to eventually expand to become a true permanent medieval village.

    “We hope to have at least 2,000 (people) a day,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president, manager and entertainment director of Darkhorse Entertainment LLC.

    Her partner and husband, Lars Paulson, thinks they can do as well as 3,000 to 4,000 people.

  • All of Roane County a park

    A diverse group of residents is seeking to have Roane County declared a park.

    Not just its picturesque waters, forested hills and pastoral valleys, but also the retail strips, the residential areas and the industrial parks. That’s right, the whole shebang.

    Why? To make a point.

    It’s a key part of a plan adopted this week by The Roane Alliance’s Green Team, a citizens advisory panel led by Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell.


    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is hoping for fair weather.

    The school system has five graduations scheduled over the next five days, and Aytes said four are planned to take place outside.

    “We’re hoping for nice weather so those that are scheduled for outside can take place outside,” he said.

    First up is Roane County High School. Its students are scheduled to graduate today — Friday — at 8 p.m.