Today's News

  • Rockwood leaders set to finalize ‘fine’ budget

    Rockwood City Council will consider final reading of its budget at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

    No tax increase is planned for the $7.2 million budget.

    “I think it will be a fine budget. I think it is great we can go with another budget without a tax increase,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    The city also hopes to continue raising its fund balance, which they estimate will be a beginning fund balance of $1.1 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2018-19.

    Last year’s beginning fund balance was $841,891.

  • Rockwood utilities making plans for 2 downtown facilities

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas heard from local firms anxious to plan out the design of their new facilities.

    The utility is looking at an office complex in downtown where the former Junior’s Restaurant is and a large space not far away on Front Street for warehousing and vehicles.

    “I really don’t think we have a bad choice. I think the top four are well qualified,” said manager Kim Ramsey following the four hours of hearing from leading engineering and architectural firms.

  • Elmore, Watson on regional board

    Amid much praise and a single dissenting voice, the Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Monday to appoint Charles Elmore to the Regional Library Board.

    “I recommend him highly,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said.

    Resident Roberta Dennis asked the Commission to consider someone else when she addressed officials on the matter during public comment.

    “It needs to be an experienced person and someone that’s trustworthy,” she said.

    Elmore responded to her accusations.

  • Breakfast support helped South Gate Lodge fund two scholarships

    On behalf of South Gate Masonic Lodge, we would like to thank everyone who attended our country breakfast on May 12.

    Funds from this event enabled us to supply two $500 scholarships this school year.

    Come visit us again June 16 and support this great cause and, once again, thank you to the Roane County News for your support of community events.

    Terry R. Ward


    South Gate Masonic Lodge, Harriman

  • Going With the Flo: All went wonderfully at the Singapore Summit

    By Flo Charles

    What a great time to be alive in America! What a great president we have!

    Contrary to all the doubts, distortions and warnings about this meeting, and very strong circumstances, it was a success.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Leah R. Watkins: Bon chance et bon voyage

    Gentle reader, we had to conclude last week’s column before we had finished our list of subjects to cover, so we begin this week with what we intended to have ended with last week.

    Regular readers will recall that early into the present administration we predicted that Mr. Trump would not be the Republican nominee on the 2020 ticket, and would in all likelihood not serve out the full term.

    Well, dear friends, the last few days have seen the beginnings of that scenario.

  • Saturday morning emergency session called to accept school director's resignation

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago has called a Saturday morning emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins' letter of resignation.

    The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the boardroom of the Edward E. Williams Building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.

    The emergency-called session also includes appointing an interim director of schools.

  • Last hurrah for Lightning

    The Knoxville Lightning closed out the season with a 54-14 loss to the Mississippi Royalty Saturday at Midway High School.