Today's News

  • County to take action on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission paved the way for Roane Academy to locate in the Roane County Industrial Park in 2014.

    “It’s not only providing jobs, but these kids are in need,” then Commissioner Chris Johnson said at the time.

    “What a great opportunity for our county to step up.”

    The County’s position on Roane Academy has changed significantly since then. So much so that there are two resolutions on the agenda for today’s County Commission meeting that could create problems for the facility.

  • RWSG to start work on offices

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood residents will soon see the fruits of the investment in downtown made by Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas.

    Through the city government, RWSG purchased three lots at the corner of Front Street and West Rockwood Street for the purpose of constructing an office building for their billing, administrative and mapping staff, according to Kim Ramsey, general manager of RWSG.

    She said they have contracted with an architect who is currently designing the site for construction.

  • Harriman Lions Club celebrates 70th anniversary

    From staff reports

    The Harriman Lions Club recently celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

    The club’s charter was issued on Nov. 26, 1948. The charter formally recognized the club as part of Lions International, one of the world’s largest service organizations with over one million members in 207 countries. The club in Harriman was sponsored by the Kingston Lions Club, who had been chartered a year before.

  • Protecting and serving the President

    Former President George H.W. Bush has been remembered fondly this week by many around the country, including Roane County Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks.

    “He was a gracious man, and I really looked up to him,” Wicks said.

    Bush, America’s 41st president, passed away on Nov. 30. He was 94.

    Wicks protected Bush and members of the Bush family when he was a member of the U.S. Secret Service.

    Wicks shared some of his firsthand experiences with the former president on Wednesday.

  • Residents speak out on project

    Residents of Kingston’s Dogwood Drive neighborhood pushed back on a proposed road improvement project under discussion by the City Council at a workshop Tuesday.

    The $1.6 million project to improve access to a privately owned 45-acre commercial tract would be paid for by a 50 percent matching state grant that would require the city to borrow about $850,00.

    “The city of Kingston should not fund this development,” Browder Williams said.

    Williams was critical of the way the city has handled the property in the past

  • Roane moves toward possible TVA lawsuit

    The Roane County Commission voted to “file suit as needed against Jacobs Engineering and/or TVA” during a special-called meeting at the courthouse Tuesday night.

    “The primary complaint will be with Jacobs Engineering,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

    “They were under contract under the oversight of TVA on this and there may be some culpability on TVA.”

    The Commission voted after meeting in private for more than 30 minutes with County Attorney Greg Leffew and Knoxville attorneys Jim Scott and Keith Stewart.

  • Officer reports seeing man huffing from aerosol can

    A Rockwood man is accused of huffing in front of a police officer.

    Jonathan Isaiah Loaring, 23, is charged with DUI and inhalants in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Dwayne Gray was leaving the Walmart parking lot at the traffic light on Nov. 30 when something caught his attention.

    “While waiting to make the left hand turn onto Gateway Avenue, I could see the traffic light was green for vehicles to exit the parking lot, but traffic was not moving,” the report said.

  • Gas prices lowest of 2018

    Gas prices in Tennessee now average the lowest of 2018.

    Sunday’s state average of $2.24 per gallon is 10 cents less than a week ago, and the lowest daily average price since December 2017.

    Tennessee gas prices have declined the past seven weeks.

    The state average has slipped 52 consecutive days, for a total of 45 cents.

    On average, gas prices in November were 21 cents less than October.

    The monthly average of $2.44 per gallon was the lowest monthly average since March ($2.35).