Today's News

  • Housing rehab funds available

    Roane County Government will be accepting a second round of applications for its Tennessee Housing Development Agency HOME Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

    The county has been awarded a limited amount of funds to assist residents with making repairs to their homes.

    The program is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be scored and prioritized based on need.

    Funds will only be used to rehabilitate owner-occupied residences. Rental houses are ineligible.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Remembered past and school plan


    Fellow columnist Gerald Largen recently observed that Roane County’s “mega-school plan [is] the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time.”

    I agree and will devote several upcoming columns to concrete details about the issue.

  • Guest Column: Women understand leadership better

    By Cal Turner Jr.

    Special to the Roane County News

    If you asked business leaders about the most important leadership skill, no doubt you would receive as many answers as the number of leaders you asked.

    Some might say it is setting rules and insisting they be kept. That’s authoritative leadership. Others might say it’s learning to build an influential model where your employees feel respected and are subsequently more committed to the job at hand.

  • Cold War Patriots resource fair in Oak Ridge to cater to Y-12, ORNL, K-25 workers

    Cold War Patriots, a community resource and one of the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for worker benefits, will host a free community resource fair for nuclear weapons workers and their families this month.

    The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

    “These events are a lot of fun, while also offering important information and resources for Y-12, X-10/ORNL, and K-25 workers,” said Tim Lerew, Cold War Patriots chairman.

  • Federal regulators give Harriman Care & Rehab top rating

    Federal regulators with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently awarded Harriman Care and Rehabilitation with five stars, its top star rating.

    “Our staff is passionate about providing quality health care, and I am proud to see this exceptional rating from CMS,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO at Harriman Care and Rehab.

  • Jobless rate takes turn for the better in Roane, 81 other Tenn. counties

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell in March by 0.5 percent.

    The county’s unemployment rate at 4.0 percent was confirmed late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.9 percent lower that a year ago, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate of 4.9 percent.

    Eighty-two of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment rates when compared to February.

  • Alice’s to be MeMe’s

    The era of Alice’s Restaurant in Rockwood is coming to an end.

    Alice Langley moved her tiny Westel eatery to Gateway Avenue in 2014. After a move across the street a year later, she’s offered customers home-cooked meals, dessert, coffee and her signature fried pies.

    In a letter to customers, Langley said she closed Alice’s on April 21 for the last time.

    “Unfortunately, this past year has brought me lots of health issues with myself and my husband and the passing of my last sister,” Langley explained.

  • Seminar teaches methods to reverse diabetes

    Roane County has a type 2 diabetes rate of 13 percent, according to County Health Rankings provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Identifying and connecting with people at high risk of type 2 diabetes is critical to preventing it. And those who already have diabetes, can improve their health and may even be able to reverse type 2 diabetes with a seminar starting Monday.

  • Riversharks taking a bow (wow!)to help Fort Paws

    Outdoor Kingston will be hosting a concert this month featuring The Riversharks with the opening act by Joey Pierce.

    The concert to benefit the Fort Paws Dog Park project will begin at 6 p.m. May 19 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre.

    Tickets are on sale at area businesses, including Bet’s Pets, Dogs Inn, Enrichment Federal Credit Union of Kingston and Midtown, Everly Blu, Griffin and Davis Law Firm, Rocky Top Markets, SailAway Realty, and Zoomerz Markets.

    Tickets for the concert are $15 each.