Today's News

  • Forrester, Mason face off in Trustee race

    With early voting for the August election beginning in just a few weeks, the race for Roane County Trustee comes down to just two candidates.

    Chris Mason and Nick Forrester are both touting their experience in business management and public service as the best reasons they should be chosen as the next Trustee.

    Mason — a lifetime Roane County resident — is currently town manager in Oliver Springs, where he has been involved in helping the water department invest idle funds.


    The Roane County Board of Education honored outgoing Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins during Thursday’s meeting.

    “I said we hit a home run when we hired Dr. Watkins,” Board Member Sam Cox said. “The only thing I hate is that we’re back up to bat so quickly.”

    The school board hired Watkins in 2016 to replace Gary Aytes, who retired on June 30 of that year.

    She served as director of schools for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

  • Rockwood 2000 holds forum for local candidates

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a public candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Rockwood Electric Utility, 341 Rockwood St.

    The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to candidates running for County Executive, County Trustee, County Clerk, Register of Deeds and County Commission District 1 candidates.

    Those running for the positions are:

    County Executive — David Morgan and Ron Woody;

    County Trustee — Christopher Mason and Nicholas Forrester;

    County Clerk — Chase Clem and Elizabeth Johnson;

  • Cornstalk Heights holding meet the candidates event

    Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Board is hosting a meet the candidate forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Killeffer Park on Cumberland Street in Harriman.

    It will be a question and answer session and opportunity for residents to meet local candidates for Harriman City Council and District 2 candidates for the Roane County Commission.

    Other candidates for other offices are welcome to attend and mingle.

    People should bring a chair. Water will be provided.

  • Ferguson sets annual free community picnic June 28

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s 6th Annual Community Picnic is scheduled for this Thursday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park.

    “Anybody is welcome,” Ferguson said. “It’s free. We want everybody to come and have a good time.”

    “We had a big turnout last year and we’re expecting more than that this year,” Ferguson added.

  • Harriman brings back cobbler fest

    Harriman will be returning the popular cobbler festival this July 28.

    This year’s festival, once again at David Webb Riverfront Park, will be from 4-8 p.m.

    Tickets to taste the cobbler will be $5 for five samples.

    Competitors need to make four cobblers of the same flavor to be taste tested by the public and voted on for the best.

    Applications can be picked up at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex at Roane St. or online at https://tinyurl.com/yaphy6ss

    The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 16.

  • Fox marks 20 years at The New Brewery

    It’s been 20 years since Linda Fox and her husband Jim bought a small pub and restaurant on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Jim passed away a few years ago, but six days a week Linda can still be found behind the bar at The New Brewery pouring beers and taking orders for handmade burgers.

    She said she likes sharing stories with the patrons, many of whom are regulars.

    “I like the people,” she said.

  • Gunter director at Jamestowne; Jago promoted

    James Gunter is the new executive director at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston.

    He replaces Fay Jago, who has been promoted to clinical operations specialist for parent company Senior Solutions Management Group, with whom she will provide operations leadership and support for 19 communities in Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • What’s the SCORE? Is connectivity destroying your productivity?


    Several months ago, we discussed letting others control our priorities. In the column I wrote that when I see people immediately responding to a phone call, email, instant message or text, I wonder if they are managing themselves or letting others control them.

    I quoted a Microsoft and University of Illinois study which found, when interrupted by an email, instant message or text, it takes a worker an average of 17 minutes to get back to what he was doing.

  • Going With the Flo: There’s a war going on for the soul of this nation

    By Flo Charles

    Noah Webster — the great scholar and university president who gave us the Webster’s Dictionary — said, “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God ... if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. ... if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it is because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”