Today's News

  • August jobless trends continued to improve in Roane, statewide

    Things continued to improve on the employment front in August, with Roane County’s jobless rate reported at 8.1 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    That’s 0.2 percent lower than reported in July, state records indicate.
    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,070 workers in Roane County’s 27,280 labor force were employed during the month.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Lunch with the Scarbrough family at new Rockwood eatery

    I saw the grand-opening announcement last July in the Roane County News for Scarbrough’s Restaurant in Rockwood at 114 N. Gateway Ave.
    “That’s where Steffano’s Pizza & Grille used to be,” came to my mind.
    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article on Steffano’s in April 2010.
    Darrell and Hilary Scarbrough and their children, Cameron and Izabella, own the new restaurant. Some of the dishes on the menu are named after the children.

  • Grand jury roundup
  • Pawnshop worker points gun at deputy

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff reported that a man pointed a revolver at his chest last Wednesday.
    The suspect, Jesse Daniel Robards, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Wolff, Lt. Tony Guy and Detective Brandon Kittrell went to Kingston Jewelry and Pawn on West Race Street to arrest Brandon Parish.

  • Bobcats still in playoff race following win


    The Oliver Springs Bobcats are one step closer to clinching a playoff berth after a convincing 60-8 win over the Wartburg Bulldogs Friday night at D.J. Brittan Field.

    The Oliver Springs defense forced a quick three-and-out and started their first drive on their own 27. 

  • Sweetwater knocks off Kingston, 31-28


    An emotional week came to a disappointing end Friday night as Kingston dropped a 31-28 decision at home against Sweetwater.

    Kingston was hoping to win their first game of the season against the Wildcats as a tribute to sophomore Seth Haynes, who suffered a broken neck in last week’s game at Sequoyah.

  • Greene’s big night leads Blue Devils past Meigs County, 38-20


    With more than half their starters sitting on the sidelines with injuries, Harriman needed someone to step up Friday night if they were to win on the road at Meigs County and keep  their playoff hopes alive.

  • Tigers take home county title, 26-15


    For the third time since 2004, the Rockwood Tigers are the Roane County football champions. John Webb’s squad accomplished the feat Friday night with a 26-15 victory over Midway.

  • PIRATES on the Tennessee River?

    The outline slipped through the fog, then emerged against the glint of sunkissed waters on the Tennessee River.
    Many who saw it could not believe their eyes.
    “My kids were hollering, ‘Oh, pirates!’” said Brandi Jones Crouse, who saw the hulking wooden schooner from Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    She’d been alerted by her father, who had seen the ship from the Hwy. 58 bridge over the Tennessee River.

  • Effort to help Roane’s homeless gains ground

    Family Promise of Roane County is closer to its goal of offering a chance at a new life to homeless families.
    “Four churches have committed as of this week,” said Family Promise chair man Jennifer Watson recently.
    Family Promise hopes to partner with local churches for host facilities to house homeless families and, perhaps, a day center to help them work on issues such as  finding steady work and permanent housing.