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Today's News

  • House razing heads to court

    Rockwood is taking two more property owners to Roane County Chancery Court to address cleanup issues.

    Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to authorize a Chancery Court suit to enforce a building inspector order to demolish structures at 409 N. Lenoir Ave. and 709 N. Wilder Ave.

    “This means we’ve exhausted all other means of getting this resolved, correct?” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

    “Yes,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Kingston pool opening on May 29

    The swimming pool at Kingston Community Center will open for the summer season on May 29.

    Public swimming hours will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from May 29-Aug. 12.

    Admission is $2.50 per person; ages 60 and older are admitted free.

    Season pool passes are available for $70 each or $130 for a families with up to six members. A 10-percent discount will be offered through June 16.

    Free water exercise and short-lap swimming for adults will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. weekdays June 4-Aug. 10.

  • Police uncover alleged major pot grow operation

    An alleged marijuana grow operation was discovered at 105 Bailey Road, Kingston, on Wednesday.

    “People worry about meth, heroin and everything else, but we still have this going on that we have to deal with,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Kyle Canup became suspicious when he went to the residence to serve an ex-parte order of protection.

  • Leaders may have last word on school plan

    Last week’s Roane County Commission vote to put a wheel tax referendum on the ballot in November doesn’t mean funding for the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan can’t be secured before then.

    County officials are in the process of putting a budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Friday the budget should be ready in time for Commission to vote on it at its July meeting.

  • Celebrate Memorial Day with some football

    The Knoxville Lightning women's semi-pro football team is gearing up to play a home game Saturday evening at Midway High School's football field. In honor of Memorial day, all veterans with a valid ID won't be charged for tickets to the game. Kids under 12 are free and adult tickets are $10. Come out and support the local ladies against the Columbus Vanguards as the season winds down.

  • Kids’ Lunch and Learn each Friday at Obed, Frozen Head

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is partnering with Morgan County School Food Services and Frozen Head State Park to offer a “Lunch and Learn” program series at 10:30 a.m. each Friday from June 8-July 20.

    All participants younger than 18 will receive a free snack, lunch and drink after the one-hour program.

    The free ranger-led nature-based interpretive programs will be at:

    June 8, June 15 and July 13 — Frozen Head State Park, Visitor Center

    June 22 and 29 – Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lilly Bluff Overlook Parking Area

  • Going With the Flo: Keep loading the wagon, even if the mule is blind

    My wonderful husband’s friend and classmate, Joe Whitson, was captain of the South Harriman football team during their high school years and captain of the Tennessee Tech football team during their college years.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: A Multitudinous Miscellany, Assortment, & Mix

    Gentle reader, most of the time we have one or two themes for these weekly sermons, but occasionally there will have been a whole slew of occurrences of which we wish to take note that are totally unrelated.

    This is one of those occasions, so this week’s column is made up of several unrelated items, some this, some that, or a general assortment.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Wheel tax vote gives you a say, but not about school plan

    Ever since the debate over the school building program began, I’ve been trying to focus on the benefits of improving education rather than the cost.

    After all, if improving education can solve half the problems outlined in The Roane Alliance President Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation, $68 million could turn out to be a bargain.

    I am certain that improving educational achievement will absolutely be worth every penny we can afford to spend.

  • Coaching for better performance

    In a recent column, we discussed the positive impact on employees when a manager focuses on the their individually tailored, professional development.

    My advice was simple: Make it a priority to look for things that you can do for your people, that they can’t do for themselves, with a focus on professional development.

    Of the other things, that employees can’t do for themselves, is a key one which is a major responsibility of any people manager.