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Today's News

  • Kelley’s widow to finish his term

    Roane County Commission voted 8-5 Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley’s widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    “I have big shoes to fill,” she said.

    Steve Kelley’s term expires on Aug. 31. That’s how long Renee Kelley will serve in the seat. She is not running in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Pair of juvenile boys arrested for setting home ablaze

    Two juveniles are accused of setting an empty Harriman Housing Authority home on fire early Monday morning.

    The house fire was at 1738 Bennett Circle.

    “We’ll be placing charges against them,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    A Harriman Police Department press release said Detectives Sgt. Kent Warren and Brian Turner apprehended the two boys responsible for the fire later on Monday.

    Detectives received a tip from the former tenant of the home who told them the youths had been at the home the previous night.

  • Man called ‘menace’ gets 13 years in prison

    A Rockwood man described by authorities as both a “career criminal” and a “menace to society” is facing more than a decade in prison.

    A Roane County jury found Larry Adkisson guilty of aggravated burglary and theft last November.

    On May 8, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Adkisson to 12 years as a career offender for the theft conviction and 13 years as a persistent offender for the aggravated burglary conviction.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Wheel tax vote gives you a say, but not about school plan

    Ever since the debate over the school building program began, I’ve been trying to focus on the benefits of improving education rather than the cost.

    After all, if improving education can solve half the problems outlined in The Roane Alliance President Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation, $68 million could turn out to be a bargain.

    I am certain that improving educational achievement will absolutely be worth every penny we can afford to spend.

  • Coaching for better performance

    In a recent column, we discussed the positive impact on employees when a manager focuses on the their individually tailored, professional development.

    My advice was simple: Make it a priority to look for things that you can do for your people, that they can’t do for themselves, with a focus on professional development.

    Of the other things, that employees can’t do for themselves, is a key one which is a major responsibility of any people manager.

  • New Regions combines Harriman, Kingston branches

    Regions Bank has cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of its modern Harriman facility designed to serve the people and businesses of Roane County.

    The new branch, at 2018 Roane State Hwy. in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center in Midtown, replaces two older Regions facilities in Harriman and Kingston, incorporating both operations under one roof.

  • Pigskin peek in spring time
  • Boat safety week set

    The 2018 National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season starts in full force.

    The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 18 with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket, even while at work.

  • TWRA asks to leave wildlife wild

    TWRA Release

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    TWRA offices receive an increase in calls regarding abandoned wildlife each spring. Calls received are most often about typical wildlife behavior and not truly abandoned young. Following are a few tips to keep wildlife wild.

  • Payback for Kingston delayed

    Thursday night brought bad weather, and it brought a region championship game at Loudon High School as the Yellow Jackets from Roane County High School travelled to take on the Redskins in soccer action.

    The region championship game was a rematch of the district championship game that was played just one week earlier.

    With both the Redskins and the Yellow Jackets winning their contests on Tuesday night, it ensured that they both will advance to the sub state round along with being two of the final 16 teams left in the state in AA soccer.