Today's News

  • Roane workers certified administrators

    Roane County government employees Lori Butler, Carol Maines, Amber Cofer and Kenny Clinton were recently honored as Certified Public Administrators at a Capstone event at Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro.

    To achieve the designation, a participant must complete 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program.

    The program is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service and is available to every county official and county employee in the state.

  • Day of Caring volunteers sought

    Roane County United Way is seeking volunteers to help with two Day of Caring events.

    The two events allows more opportunities for involvement.

    They are also ideal venues for earning community service hours.

    Volunteers will beautify and enhance the community on Sept. 20 with yard work at Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties locations.

    The second event is an Oct. 6 car wash at Michael Dunn Center, Kingston.

    Volunteers must sign a release form. Those younger than 18 must have the signature from a parent or guardian.

  • Park cleaning up wisteria for Lands Day

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning are joining forces on National Public Lands Day to eradicate wisteria from Worthington Cemetery and privet and other invasive exotics from the Ecological Study Area on Melton Hill Reservoir in Oak Ridge.

    The work session will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 in Elza Gate Park, 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, and end around noon with a pizza lunch provided by the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

  • Refineries unaffected by tropical storm

    Concerns of a gas price hike from Tropical Storm Gordon have been abated, AAA reported Wednesday.

    Oil Price Information Service confirmed that Gulf Coast refinery operations were not impacted by the storm.

    “Refineries dodged a bullet, but are not out of the woods just yet,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman.

    “This year’s hurricane season is far from over,” he said. “If a major storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, refineries will go back on alert and pump prices will face renewed upward pressure.”

  • THP investigating fatal crash involving submerged vehicle

    Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators are being called in to Kingston to look into a Wednesday crash that resulted in one vehicle's complete submersion at Kingston City Park.

    The Critical Incident Response Team is on its way to Kingston to investigate, authorities at the site said. One person has been confirmed dead.

    See RoaneCounty.com and Friday's issue of the Roane County News for updates.

  • Throwing for chance at some dough
  • OS “lining” up for success

    By Jason Perry


    A football team performs best when all of its parts are working together.

    For the Oliver Springs Bobcats, everything begins with the offensive line.

    Consisting of seniors Levi Laymance, Brady Webb, Daniel Giles, Scotty Brown, Lucas Daugherty, and Matthew McGhee, the Bobcats are off to a strong 2-0 start this year.

    They were also part of the first playoff team for the Bobcats in a number of years last year, making it to the second round.

  • Minutes matter in wheel-tax vote

    In Tennessee, governmental bodies speak through their meeting minutes.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody expressed concerns about an upcoming wheel tax referendum because the Board of Education minutes didn’t speak clearly about its building program.

    “We’re concerned now looking at what’s on the ballot,” he told the Roane County Planning Commission last month.

    The school board met in regular session on April 19. During that meeting, there was a lengthy discussion about the building program.

  • Mother said to drive with tot on lap

    A mother was arrested last week for allegedly driving with her nine-month-old son in her lap.

    Lynette Swords, 29, is charged with child endangerment in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood police were dispatched to the area on Roane State Highway on Aug. 30 to investigate a report about a possible intoxicated driver with a small child in a Ford Explorer. Officer Chris Kennedy stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Tedder and Front.