Today's News

  • Saturday morning emergency session called to accept school director's resignation

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago has called a Saturday morning emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins' letter of resignation.

    The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the boardroom of the Edward E. Williams Building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.

    The emergency-called session also includes appointing an interim director of schools.

  • ‘You’re out of order’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody usually remains seated while discussing resolutions at County Commission meetings.

    A resolution presented at Monday’s meeting prompted him to stand up.

    “As the chief executive officer, and looking at what this county wants to try to accomplish in emergency services, I’m recommending everyone vote to pass this resolution,” Woody said.

    The resolution he was speaking about called for purchasing the Roane County Rescue Squad building for $258,000.

  • Four firms seeking architectural nod for utility operations

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board members will meet in a workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday to hear proposals regarding their new office and operational center.

    “We are listening to presentations from the architects/engineering firms that have been shortlisted to work on the new office and operation center. There will be four presentations- from 10-2,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The firms who will present at the workshop are Allen and Hoshall; McCarty Hosaple McCarty; The Lewis Group; and Michael Brady Inc.

  • SS3 car vandals strike in Rockwood

    Three Rockwood residents reported having vehicles vandalized last week.

    “They had the same thing written on them,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.

    Officer Patrick Richard spoke with all three victims on June 6.

    According to one report, he met with Jill Fisher at 421 Lakemont Drive.

    “While speaking to Mrs. Fisher, she informed me her truck had been spray painted and continued to show me the black SS3 on the side,” the report said.

  • Cruisin’ into Harriman
  • Pair in stolen SUV arrested for drug possession

    Two women are facing drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in Rockwood.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy pulled over a red Ford Explorer Saturday night because it was pulling a trailer with no lighting equipment activated on the trailer.

    “I conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1400 block of N. Gateway Avenue,” the report said.

  • Watkins candidate for job in West Tenn.

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins may soon be heading home — or closer to it.

    Watkins is a candidate for the director of schools job at Obion County Board of Education and will have her second interview on Tuesday, June 12, which will be followed by discussion and potential naming of a director.

    “That is 35 minutes from my house in West Tennessee. It is really close to where my family was, where my kids have been raised,” said Watkins.

  • Small reactor would hit environment hard

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released a draft environmental impact statement related to a permit for TVA’s construction of a small modular reactor on the Clinch River.

    The draft found that there are some moderate to large impacts on the environment that can be expected during building and operation.

    The information was released at a meeting held in Kingston Tuesday during which NRC officials described the review process and informed attendees how to provide their input to the process.

  • Out to Lunch: No doubt about it: You’ll go back to The Burgers

    Don and Bonita Fowler of Fowler’s Furniture recently invited my wife Carol and me to go “Out to Lunch” with them in Lenoir City at a new restaurant.

    “It’s called The Burgers, and we’ve really enjoyed eating there,” Don said.

    My first thought was, “How could I write about a place that only served burgers?” That is, until I went online to view a menu.

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure, none of the six at our table had a burger.