Today's News

  • Heroics propel Lady Tigers

    By Melissa Coley


    If the game between Wartburg and Rockwood is any indication of how the district tournaments will be played out then get ready for some intense hardnosed softball over the next week as it took seven innings with the Lady Tigers taking the win as senior Cassidy Tilley hit a 2-run homerun to put her team in the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and they held on to defeat Wartburg by a final score of 9-7.

  • Fields of DREAMS

    The site where the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build a new consolidated high school might not even be suitable to construct such a facility.

    “So we don’t even know if the land is suitable to build on yet?” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson asked during a work session last week.

    “I think that’s a risk,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins responded.

  • TVA funds go to lights

    New downtown lights and street signs with directional information will soon be finding their way into historic downtown Harriman.

    The changes are among some of the last beautification measures the city will be doing with TVA money it received after the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill.

    The large directional signs at each intersection on Roane Street will point travelers toward areas of interest, such as churches and businesses.

  • More work for dangerous intersection

    The work to make Harriman’s intersection of Pine Ridge and Hwy. 70 at Midtown safer may kick off this summer.

    The city of Harriman is working with the state to use safety grant money to improve the traffic signals and intersection.

    “This project is currently in the May 11 bid letting. The due date for project completion is on or before December 15,” said Mark Nagi, community relations officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • Special NRC inspection at Watts Bar nuclear plant

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a special inspection into the circumstances surrounding voids in the residual heat removal system, which made it inoperable for a time on both Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the Watts Bar nuclear plant.

    The TVA-operated facility is near Spring City, Tenn., about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The residual heat removal system is used to complete the plant’s cooldown process at lower pressures and also provides important functions during certain accident scenarios.

  • Dispose of household hazardous waste the safe way on May 12

    Roane County residents can dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during next weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day.

    The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at Roane County Recycling Facility at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    “You are probably thinking you don’t have any hazardous materials in your house,” said Ralph Stewart, Roane County solid waste director. “Surprisingly, many household items are flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic and should not be thrown into the garbage.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Another Elegy for Appalachia

    By Mark Banker

    J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” spoke recently at the University of Tennessee. His visit to East Tennessee spurred me to share these thoughts about our similar – yet very different – journeys.

    Mine began and continues in Roane County!

    Vance’s ancestors settled in hardscrabble Eastern Kentucky at a time when coal was king. There, they developed traits that came to distinguish Appalachian: an isolated rural lifestyle, fierce independence and disdain for formal education.


    It could be game over for a project that was once billed as a game changer for the area.

    On March 13, 2015, CVMR announced that it would establish its global headquarters in Roane County.

    More than three years later, the global headquarters is not here — and area officials don’t sound hopeful about it ever happening.

    “That never did come to fruition for whatever reason,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Reversing Diabetes seminar scheduled to start next week

    A six-week Reversing Diabetes seminar will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday May 7-June 11 in the fellowship hall of Roane Community Adventist Church at 336 Patton Lane.

    Registered nurses Kathy Kleinsmith and Cathy Petel will teach a new dietary and lifestyle approach. Recipes and samples of diabetes-reversing foods will be provided.

    Cost is $30 per person, $45 per couple and includes books, recipes and food samples.

    Scholarships will be available.

    Register for the seminar by calling or texting Petel at 466-4380.

  • Louckes honoree at annual Gala

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will have its 15th Gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on May 5.

    Gala Committee Chairwoman Mary Pippin said the social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston, followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Courtroom.

    A silent auction will offer such items as stays at regional hotels, tickets to area attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, collectibles and art works.

    This year’s honored Gala guest is Barbara Louckes.