Local News

  • Hooks’ cousin talks about her local ties

    Saturday Night Live comic actress Jan Hooks, who died last week from throat cancer, has Roane County ties.

    “It was a very, very sad day,” said Linda Campbell Swafford, her first cousin from Harriman.

    Hooks parodied notable figures like Tammy Faye Bakker, former first lady and eventual former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even former first lady Nancy Reagan. She was in the cast from 1986 to 1991 with Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers.

    “She was just so, so good,” Swafford said.

  • Early voting underway again

    Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins this week in Tennessee.

    Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of the convenience of early voting, which will continue through Oct. 30.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A good alternative choice for governor, John J.

    Gentle reader, we must start out with a reminder that we intended to include in last week’s column but inadvertently omitted, concerning the election, which began with early voting yesterday. This reminder is about the governor’s race.

    If you can not bring yourself to give a vote of approval to our oil company billionaire governor’s continuation in the executive mansion, but don’t feel inclined to vote for Mr. Brown, remember that there is an alternative candidate — Hon. John J. Hooker.

  • Oliver Springs: Don’t close our school

    No decisions have been made to close any Roane County schools, according to officials.

    That didn’t stop a large group of Oliver Springs High School supporters from showing up at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “As you can tell, we’ve come out in force,” Oliver Springs resident Glen Haney said. The show of support was because of rumors that Oliver Springs High School may be closed.

  • Amendment language not clear to voters

    Amendment 1 opponents are complaining about the language voters will see on the ballot when they head to the polls today — Wednesday — for the start of early voting.

  • Hopes high for grants for Rockwood’s Fuller Park

    Rockwood officials have big goals for Tom Fuller Park. They kicked off renewed attempts to make them a reality at a public hearing Monday.

    The first public hearing was to explore applying for a transportation enhancement grant for a possible trailhead, with walking trails (or sidewalks) to where they stop past Ridge View Elementary School.

    Those plans include construction of a possible pavilion with restrooms and other amenities.


    The Kingston candidates story in the Monday, Oct. 13 edition says Troy Beets “admitted the original plan put forth by former Roane Alliance President Leslie Henderson was for the county to get the full $1 million.”

    Beets says: “I did not agree with the statement that Leslie Henderson had proposed a million dollars. What I agreed with was that the county had agreed ― had wanted — to spend the whole million dollars for the county.”

  • KINGSTON Jobs, economic development pivotal to all candidates

    Kingston’s mayor and City Council candidates focused on lakefront utilization and economic development as the major issues of interest for the city’s progress.

    The biggest race is likely for Kingston mayor. Incumbent Troy Beets is being challenged by Kingston Councilman Tim Neal.

    “I think I’ve done a good job for the past nine years and I’d like to continue for the next four years,” Beets said.

  • ROCKWOOD: Mayoral hopefuls strive for jobs to keep youths in area

    While two Rockwood organizations gave voters separate opportunities last week to hear from candidates wanting to lead their city for the next four years, another political commitment kept a mayoral candidate away from one of them.

    Peggy Evans and Mike “Brillo” Miller had both committed to attending the Rockwood 2000 forum last Tuesday and the Rockwood Merchants Association event on Thursday. But on Thursday, Evans sat alone at the table in Rockwood Event Center.