Today's News

  • Director search is on move

    From staff reports
    The Roane County Board of Education on Monday, March 18, will begin interviewing eight candidates for the Director of Schools position.
    The board will be interviewing several candidates per night beginning Monday and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Each night of interviews will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the central office, 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.
    The number of candidates could be narrowed down to just a few following this first round of interviews.

  • Sportsman Club resident frets on possible landslide

    Mark Turpin is worried about the hillside across the street from his home on Sportsman Club Road.

    “I’ve lived here more than half my life and I used to love it,” he told the Roane County Commission on March 11.

    “Now I’m just kind of scared. I don’t know what to do about it.”

    Turpin said recent rainfall didn’t help the situation.

    “I’m really worried about our mountainside coming down,” he said.

  • Readers Choice ballots are out now

    Who sells the best hamburgers in Roane County?

    How about the best pizza or the best car body shop?

    It’s up to the readers of the Roane County News to pick their favorites.

    Each year the Roane County News celebrates the best businesses in the county with the “Best of Roane County” promotion.

    Readers are encouraged to weigh in by filling out the “Best Of” ballot that will appear in the newspaper in this issue and every issue for the rest of the month.

  • Calfee honoree for the Ageless Hall of Fame

    Marilyn Calfee has been nominated and chosen by the Ageless Hall of Fame committee to be one of the 16 honorees at this year’s event.  

    The Ageless Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor 16 individuals, age 60 or older, who demonstrates their care for their community and its citizens.  

    Communities nominate the individuals selected to the hall of fame. All nominations were then reviewed and selected by a committee made up of each of the counties’ leaders and human service agencies that serve East Tennessee.

  • Rains leave $9 million in damage

    Damage estimates from the recent flooding have increased.

    “We’re talking about $6 million to $7 million in road damage,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he doesn’t have enough money in his budget to cover that.

    “We’re going to be able to pay some as we go, but eventually we’re going to run out of money,” he said.

    “We don’t have enough money to cover near that much.”

  • Fink stays in prison

    Serial burglar Timothy Fink didn’t have a parole hearing on Thursday.

    “We called their hand on the early release,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Fink pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases on March 2, 2018. Several of his victims testified at his sentencing hearing four months later.

  • Playing ball a no-go at Swan Pond Sports Complex

    It’s looking like the Swan Pond Sports Complex won’t be open this spring.

    Some county officials are concerned the fields could pose a health hazard, and they have been working with the state and TVA on a sampling plan.

    “From all indications of the email we received today, probably the soonest that we would have any results it looks like will be the fall,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Monday.

  • Rockwood rec job open

    By Richard Evans

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he is taking his time in naming a successor to Chase Clem in the position of parks and recreation director.

    Clem was hired for the same position with the city of Kingston on Monday after serving four years in Rockwood.

    “Chase is going to be hard to replace. He did a tremendous job and we hate to lose him,” Miller said.

  • Kingston approves water line for Gallaher Road

    The Kingston Water Board on Tuesday voted for the utility director to approve the expense and installation of an 8-inch water line extension on Gallaher Road.

    The anticipated cost of the project is approximately $25,000, according to City Manager David Bolling.

    The extension would run under Gallaher Road, coming off of an existing line on the East side of the highway in close proximity to Farmer Road, Bolling said.