Today's News

  • Commission not happy with updated road list

    Roane County’s updated road list didn’t include three roads that the Roane County Commission voted to adopt in August 2017.

    Some commissioners had a problem with that.

    The roads, Bournemouth Drive, West Williams Road and Lake Overlook Road, are in Pioneer Village subdivision south of Rockwood.

    “They are county roads and they need to be on our road list,” Commissioner David Bell said at the Jan. 14 Commission meeting.

    The updated road list was on the agenda under committee reports and correspondence.

  • Sparky given warm goodbye at retirement party

    The Kingston Public Works Department bid a fond farewell to Doug ‘Sparky’ Romines after a 23 year career by holding a reception for him at the city garage earlier this month.

    Doug, affectionately known as “Sparky,” got his nickname early in his career.

    Romines said he had just started at the department when the rest of the staff were in a safety meeting and he decided to tackle the task of fixing a tractor that had accidentally been filled with gasoline instead of diesel fuel.

  • County has clean audit

    Roane County’s latest audit had no findings.

    “It’s always good not to have any findings,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “That’s for any organization.”

    Roane County is audited annually by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. The latest audit was released on Friday. It covered the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2018.

    “Our audit resulted in no findings,” the Comptroller’s Office said.

  • Man arrested for trying to pick up underage female

    Another man has been busted for allegedly trying to pickup someone who purported to be an underage female. James Kenneth Carroll, 54, is charged with solicitation of aggravated statutory rape.

    According to the warrant, Carroll chatted with a Facebook Messenger profile that he believed was a 16-year-old female.

    It was actually a law enforcement agent working undercover.

    “During the conversations, Carroll solicited the minor to meet so that she could engage in sex acts with Carroll,” the warrant said.

  • Gov. Lee issues orders on ethics, transparency etc.

    Gov. Bill Lee issued three executive orders to underscore and improve state government’s approach to ethics, transparency and non-discrimination practices.

    “Earlier this week, I signed my first executive order to address issues facing our rural communities, and the three orders I signed today reflect firm expectations for how state government conducts business,” said Lee.

  • United Way website to assist people doing taxes

    The United Way of Roane County will have a MyFreeTaxes site open for anyone who would like to do their own taxes but don’t have access to a computer. Use of the site is free and will replace the VITA site used in previous years.

    “We still want to provide an opportunity to help folks get their taxes filed but unfortunately we did not have enough volunteer tax preparers recruited this year to open a VITA site.” explained Dina Jackson, United Way Director.

  • Roane sees drop in the unemployed

    More than three-quarters of Tennessee’s 95 counties, including Roane County, experienced a drop in unemployment during December 2018 according to data released by Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Jeff McCord.

    Roane County saw its unemployment rate drop in December based on estimates from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Those estimates indicate 22,370 of the county’s 23,230 workforce were employed in December, for an unemployment rate of 3.7.

  • Funding had positive impact on the pay of direct support professionals

    Survey results from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability show that increased funding intended to boost the pay of direct support professionals working with adults with disabilities has had a positive effect on employee wages.

    In 2018, the General Assembly appropriated $49 million in state and federal matching funds to increase the hourly wages of direct support professionals working under the home and community-based services waivers program administered by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


    The Cadillac Grill restaurant located at 108 N Gateway Ave. in Rockwood opened its doors on Tuesday.

    Owner Kevin Hill boasts the new eatery is “the only true sports bar in Roane County.”

    It offers a variety of beers — 16 draft, and 25 bottle selections.

    Hill hopes to get his liquor license in time for the Super Bowl so he can serve wine and liquor.

    Food is also an important part of the fare, which consists of 12 sandwiches, 14 appetizers, four salads, and four desserts for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth.

  • Green Wave can’t get going

    The Midway Green Wave fell to the Oneida Indians, 83-48, Tuesday night at Midway’s Boyd Woody Gym.

    “If Oneida isn’t the best team in the district, they’re right there in the top two,” Green Wave Coach Hoyal Humphreys said. “We knew coming in we’d have our work cut out for us.

    “The guys played hard and I think they did that.”

    Normally a 15-point quarter is a sign of good offensive output.

    When the other team scores 27 in the same period, that may mean it’s going to be a long night.