Today's News

  • Members of 278th ACR deployed

    Roane County veterans and community members honored local troops prior to their deployment of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment this weekend.

    The Rockwood VFW Post 4782 hosted a deployment dinner Saturday before those troops headed off for training and future joint multinational deployment.

    “The Ladies Auxiliary prepared a home cooked meal, and we served over 25 troops from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Also, joining them for dinner were local Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans,” Post 4782 Commander Charles Rucker said.

  • OS leader hurt in fall

    An Oliver Springs alderman was injured Tuesday morning while on the job with the Kingston Public Works Department.

    Robert Miller was found lying on his back at the 58 Landing Park boat ramp. The bottom half of his body was in the water, and he was bleeding from the back of his head, said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    “He had walked down and was close to the water and lost traction and fell backwards,” Washam said.

    Miller represents Ward 1 on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen, which governs the town.

  • Handling what bugs them
  • More than 1,500 ballots cast so far in early voting

    More than 1,500 people have voted so far in the Aug. 2 election.

    Early voting started on July 13, and according to the Tennessee Department of State, Roane County’s early and absentee votes totaled 1,521 through Monday.

    The busiest day was July 13 when 779 voted.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway is advising people to take advantage of early voting.

    There’s still plenty of time to do so as early voting runs through July 28.

  • Hospital industry big business for Roane

    The Tennessee Hospital Association recently released an economic report which outlines the tremendous financial impact and economic benefit of hospitals statewide and in Roane County.

    The financial impact of health-care industry employment in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, was $18.3 billion, of which hospital employment was $6 billion, the report concluded.

  • Pilot project aims to reduce recidivism

    The Ninth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office is participating in a pilot project aimed at reducing recidivism.

    “Kim Nelson’s office was an obvious choice for this project,” said Patrick Frogge, Executive Director of the Tennessee Public Defenders Conference.

    Nelson is public defender in the Ninth Judicial District, which is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Special needs in $67M school plan?

    Not everyone expressing concerns about the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan is focused on the impact to the property tax rate.
    Part of the plan calls for building a new consolidated high school, and some are worried how special needs students will fit in there.
    “These kids have sensory issues,” Harriman resident Annabelle Fielden said at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting. “They don’t hear the way I hear and you hear. They don’t see the way we see.”

  • Broadband’s reach narrow for Roane’s rural population

    Rural Roane County residents enjoy the scenic beauty of their areas, but they often go without one of the most important resources in today’s modern society — access to broadband Internet.
    One resident said about 20 homes on their street have no access to Internet and cell service is almost nonexistent. Others said they settled for satellite Internet provider HughesNet.
    “It is a critical issue as I said. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity. I certainly understand your frustration,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Roane County News brings home eight state newspaper awards