Today's News

  • A beloved teacher, county employee remembered

    From staff reports

    Roane County is mourning the loss of Randy Quarles, who passed away Saturday at his home in Rockwood.

    Quarles spent more than 35 years as a teacher at Harriman Middle School, where he also served as girls basketball coach. Following his retirement from teaching, he served the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in courthouse security for more than 11 years.

  • Rockwood sees utility savings

    By Richard Evans

    The city of Rockwood is seeing savings as a result of adopting energy saving measures.

    In November 2017, the city council entered into an agreement with Trane for a $3.2 million project to install 880 LED streetlights, weatherization upgrades, new LED interior lighting in city buildings, new roofs and ceilings in city buildings as well as new energy efficient HVAC units.

    To date, savings for this year were in excess of $132,000.

  • County officials skeptical of TVA event

    Some Roane County officials expressed skepticism about “a lunch-and-learn” held by TVA at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Tuesday.

    “The subject of the lunch and learn will be the ongoing and future work to manage coal combustion residuals (CCR) at the site,” the email invite to officials said.

    “... TVA’s President and CEO, Jeff Lyash, will open the lunch with remarks and then Dr. Joe Hoagland, recently tapped by Mr. Lyash to lead TVA’s CCR efforts Valley-wide, will do a deeper dive into the current work at Kingston.”

  • Roane Commission to go to electronic voting

    The Roane County Commission is planning to use an electronic voting system for meetings.

    “Everybody will either push yes, no or abstain,” Commission Chairman Randy Ellis said. “After we vote we’ll have a screen that shows how everybody voted.”

    Commissioners are supposed to receive training on the new system Tuesday, and it could be used for the first time at the Commission’s special-called meeting on July 29.

  • Weigh in on county budget at hearing

    The public has an opportunity this week to weigh in on the county’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

    The County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A Budget Committee meeting and Commission work session will follow. All will take place at the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We always talk about the budget,” County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody told the Commission last week. “That’s your-all’s and my main responsibility – the financial affairs of the county.”

  • Place in the shade
  • Driver hits pole, gets DUI charge

    A suspected intoxicated driver crashed into a utility pole in Rockwood, the force of the crash causing the pole to snap.

    The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Noah E. Buff, is facing multiple charges in the incident, including DUI.

    According to the report, Rockwood Patrolman Chris Kennedy was dispatched to the 500 block of South Gateway Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on July 7 to investigate a one vehicle accident.

  • Whitestone, Pattersons partner on concert series

    Whitestone Inn in partnership with Pattersons Home Appliances has launched a Summer Concert Series with plans to make the series an annual event.

    The Voices of Lee kicked off the concert series on July 6, with many more Gospel favorites still to come: Wes Hampton, Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Martins, Adam Crabb and The Isaacs.

    Next up, Gordon Mote will take the stage on Aug. 3.