Today's News

  • $68 million request made

    The Roane County Board of Education has sent the funding request for its building program to the Roane County Commission.

    “On behalf of the Roane County School Board, Roane County School System is requesting consideration by the Roane County Commission of the funding component regarding the proposed new construction and re-use plan for existing facilities,” said a May 4 letter that was signed by Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins and Board Chairman Rob Jago.

  • Senior bowlers putting up big numbers


    May 4

    1st High Game------Barbara Pickering, Rick Matthews---477

    2nd High Game-------Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George--443

    3rd High Game -----Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George---506

    High Scores today--------Don George-217. 255 games, 634 series Rick Alderfer-210 game

    High Series today---- Sylvia Whitehouse, Don George-----1355

    High Series For April---- Ken Altes, Rick Matthews---1398

    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington—167, Rick Matthews---192


    Two juvenile males are in custody in the Knox County Juvenile Detention Center following their arrest in connection with threats made at Roane County High School.

    They were suspended from school Friday following reports from students that heard the threats, said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “First of all, I will say that we take all threats seriously and we will investigate and prosecute to the fullest,” Stockton said. “The kids and staff in our schools are very important to us.”

  • CEO: Don’t count CVMR out yet

    The Canadian company that promised to bring a reported 620 new jobs to Roane County remains interested in the area, according to its top executive.

    “CVMR (USA) Inc. has spent quite a bit of money and time investigating the start of a major manufacturing operation in the United States,” CVMR Chairman and CEO Kamran Khozan said via email on May 5.

    “We remain quite enthusiastic and convinced that such a move would be a good business strategy for our company and for the community of Roane County and city of Oak Ridge.”

  • EPA starting cleanup of papermill site

    The long-awaited cleanup of the former papermill site on Emory Street in Harriman will begin this week.

    Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley said representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and contractors will be in the city on Wednesday.

    “Basically, they’ll remove all the structures that are there and a lot of the undergrowth, just kind of level the property up,” explained Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Tools, sewing machines taken in storage heist

    Property worth thousands of dollars were reported stolen from a storage unit.

    Rockwood police are investigating.

    According to the report, Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to South Gateway Storage on May 1 around 12:30 p.m.

    “I made contact with Mr. Roger Norris and his mother, Mrs. Rita Norris, standing in storage unit No. 51,” the report said.

  • Great at multitasking
  • 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.