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Today's News

  • Harriman Sears here to stay

    Despite Sears’ announcement of store closures this past week, Harriman’s Sears Hometown Store on Roane Street is

    staying open to serve their loyal customers.

    The Hometown Store is an owner-run concept from retail stores in malls, where they still sell the Sears brand-name products like the big stores.

    What lots of people do not understand is that the smaller Hometown Store concept seems to be working better than their larger sister operation,” explained Charlie Jones, owner and manager of Harriman Sears Hometown Store.

  • Jobless rates down statewide

    County unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April, and all counties are at or below 5 percent.

    Roane County’s rate at 3.3 percent was down 0.7 percent from March, according to statistics released last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest level of unemployment with a rate of 2 percent in April. Davidson County had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.1 percent.

  • Cash Saver now closed

    Meat cases sit empty Thursday on the last day of business at Cash Saver supermarket on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Prices on a number of products were slashed that morning in anticipation of liquidating stock before the 9 p.m. closing.

  • Out to Lunch: Wendell's success continues at MeMe's

    I hope that some previous readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have recently missed not seeing them in the Roane County News.

    My wife, Carol, fell and broke her left shoulder a few weeks ago. She has not felt up to going “Out to Lunch,” and I have devoted much of my time to being a cook and housekeeper.

    She got out of her arm sling last week and said she was ready to join me on an “Out to Lunch” adventure to the new MeMe’s Restaurant at 423 N. Gateway Ave., in Rockwood. Our daughter-in-law, Faye Poston, also joined us.

  • Exec says meeting notice not sufficient: Significance of BOE sessions a timing issue

    Before becoming Roane County executive, Ron Woody spent years as a consultant for the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.

    One of the things he dealt with in that job was adequate notice for public meetings.

    “In my opinion, it’s a reasonable-person standard,” Woody said. “What would a reasonable person think?”

  • Lower school plan cost?

    The Roane County Board of Education has scheduled a 6 p.m. work session on Monday “for the purpose of discussing the high school building program site and potential savings to the project cost,” according to a public notice the school system sent out.

    The notice, which was sent out on Thursday, also said a special-called meeting will follow the work session.

    The purpose of the meeting, according to the notice, is “to amend the proposed cost of high school building program.”

  • Free computer classes June 9 at Kingston library

    Two free computer classes will be offered June 9 in Kingston Public Library.

    A Microsoft Word class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Though the class will focus on a résumé as a project, the information to be shared will give a general knowledged about Word.

    The second class, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on using the “insert” and “page layout” menus of Microsoft Word.

    No registration is necessary.

  • Details emerge about pill ring

    More details have been uncovered in last month’s large pill and cash seizure. According to a May 24 press release issued by the District Attorney General’s Office, pills, guns, body armor, illegal steroids, a cash-counting machine and more than $38,000 in cash was seized at a residence South of the River on May 21.

    A narrative filed in a forfeiture case reveals how the residence got the attention of authorities.

  • Game shop ‘will not open again,’ owner says after Packard’s raid

    Packard’s Games & Movies in Kingston remained closed this week — and it might stay that way.

    “The Kingston store is closed now and will not be open again,” general manager John Packard said via email on Tuesday.

    A law enforcement task force raided the store on May 24. The search warrant authorizing the raid has yet to be made public. A large Penske moving truck was backed up to the front door of the Packard’s, and officers could be seen putting items into boxes and putting them on the truck.

  • Five things to consider before taking on school consolidation plan

    Five things to consider regarding the Roane County Board of Education high school consolidation plan:

    1) Where is the research data that supports the proposed consolidation strategy (K-14) improving educational outcomes for Roane County students?