Today's News


    Dyllis Springs
    • New elementary school for 600 students

    Bowers Elementary
    • Two-story addition
    with 15 classrooms
    • Library
    • Teachers workroom
    • Complete renovation of
    administrative offices
    • Modify existing building for handicap access, including
    restroom renovations,
    an elevator and entry ramps


  • RISING FROM THE ASHES: TVA disaster boon for Roane schools

    Roane County Schools was able to complete several multi-million dollar building projects with the $32 million it received because of the TVA ash spill.

    Without a doubt, that’s had a positive impact on local education, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “We feel really good about the effects it has had,” he said. “Any time you can provide better facilities, your students are much more likely to be enthusiastic and want to come to school and do a better job.”

  • County’s top firefighters for ’13 applauded

    Firefighters of the year for Roane County’s five volunteer fire departments were recognized at the Dec. 9 County Commission meeting. They include, from left, South Roane County’s Keith Hephner Sr., Blair’s Penny Laymance, West Roane County’s Kip Fuller, Midtown’s Tyler Morris and East Roane County’s Rick Young. 

  • Ex-Rockwood official’s day in court postponed

    Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce’s status hearing on charges accusing him of theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of a credit card case was moved to next term, July 21, 2014.

    “Other pretrial motions are in the process of being filed that haven’t made it yet,” said Assistat District Attorney Bill Reedy. “We are probably going to have to set up a date to hear those motions.”

    Pierce was indicted in February on multiple counts, including theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards.

  • Harriman attorney ponders cold-pill opinion from state

    The Tennessee Attorney General opined last week that current state statute supersedes current and future laws controlling ephedrine or pseudoephedrine and that local legislation was in violation of state law.

    The opinion came down shortly after Harriman officials approved an ordinance requiring prescriptions for the allergy and sinus relief medications, both of which are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Foster home headed to industrial park?


    A foster home in the Roane County Industrial Park sounds a little like a Charles Dickens’ book plot, but a company is looking to do just that.

    Omni Visions Inc. is in the early stages of procuring property in the industrial park.

  • Attorney wants more time on ash safety issue

    Knoxville attorney James Scott needs more time to respond to the motion to dismiss filed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

    Scott filed a federal lawsuit against Jacobs in August, alleging the company lied to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash. His lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs.

    Jacobs’ attorneys contend the company is entitled to immunity and the lawsuit should be dismissed.

  • Alliance gets the silver for sustainability

    The Roane Alliance received a Silver Award on behalf of Roane County at the TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 3 in Nashville.

    The award ceremony honored 13 communities from across the Tennessee Valley.

  • Kingston’s Jones tops at Methodist

    Darla Jones, nursing supervisor in the Nursing Administration department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named December MMCer of the Month.

    In her role, Jones provides support to the nursing staff at Methodist Medical Center, orients new nurses and offers help to experienced staff.

    She is available to help with problem solving, support physicians and address customer service needs for all individuals who utilize Methodist for their care needs.

    Jones has been with Methodist Medical Center and Covenant Health since 1997.

  • Jobless rate up slightly

    Figures released late last month show Roane County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in October.

    The statistics, released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8 percent.

    That’s up from the 7.9 percent reported in September.

    It’s also higher than in October 2012, when Roane County had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

    The latest figures reflect that 24,700 in the county’s 26,840-strong workforce were employed during October.