Today's News

  • State gives Roane Choral arts grant

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, has announced Roane Choral Society has secured an $8,140 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. 

    Arts grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

     “This is an extremely fine performing arts group,” said Senator Yager. 

  • Aytes says goodbye to Roane Schools

    Outgoing Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes wants to see the school system stay the course on building a new high school.

    “They’ve got to,” he said. “The future of our county depends on it.”

    The Board of Education hired Aytes to serve as director of schools in 2012. He spent four years in the position before retiring after the 2015-16 school year.

    Aytes came out of retirement last summer to serve as director on an interim basis after then director Leah Rice Watkins resigned to take a job in another county.

  • If I can, I will

    Question: Why do you feel so strongly about public service?

  • Catching her breath

    By Richard Evans

    After years of uncertainty and worsening health, Kayli Mcneal’s life took a turn for the better on June 20.

    On that day, Kayli received the double-lung transplant needed to save her life.

    The 15-year old Rockwood native suffers from cystic fibrosis, an incurable disease that damages the lungs and digestive system. She currently is recovering in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

  • Woman blamed in overdose

    A Harriman woman is facing charges in an overdose death.

    Autumn Elise Adkisson was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this month for second degree murder.

    The charges stem from the February death of Zachary Bales. Adkisson is accused of supplying him with fentanyl, which caused his death, the indictment alleges.

    Adkisson, 29, was arrested on Tuesday.

    She remained in custody at the Roane County Jail on Thursday on a $50,000 bond, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office website.

  • Men face statutory rape cases

    A Harriman man is facing four counts of statutory rape.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted 22-year-old Allen James Scheadler on those charges on June 17.

    He was arrested on Sunday and remained jailed on those charges Thursday, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office website.

    Scheadler’s alleged crimes occurred in 2018.


    An Internet Crimes Against Children investigation resulted in the arrest of an Oak Ridge man on Monday.

  • Yager supports $75k grant

    State Sen. Ken Yager R-Kingston, announced Tuesday Roane County will receive a $75,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

    The grant will be used for the Caney Creek Bridge Project.

    “I am very pleased this grant is going to Roane County to assist with the Caney Creek Bridge Project,” said Yager.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Why is Roane County not growing?

    By Ron Woody

    In a previous article I commented that the economic growth in a community helps pay for the growing cost of providing government services. As the cost to provide services increase due to increase in wages, insurance, utilities, fuel and equipment one hopes the economic growth would offset the cost.

  • Going With the Flo: Remember true patriotism this Fourth of July holiday

    By Flo Charles

    As the Fourth of July approaches, remember what Patriotism is – a love for one’s country and a loyalty to that country, a desire to make one’s country the best in the world; it is a willingness to sacrifice for the country!

    Evidently, our D.C. DemoCommie Party aren’t patriots, but desperate for open borders — more votes, legal or illegal — putting America’s safety at risk! Isn’t it interesting that Obama lost in every state that required voter ID in 2012?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: What’s a 79% error in cost of school? It’s only $$$