Today's News

  • Two offices, only one Berry

    Ron Berry has picked up petitions to run for county commissioner and for circuit court clerk.

    When asked about it, Berry said he is exploring his options.

    The qualifying deadline is April 3, so Berry has until then to choose.

    “I’m just going to see what things are looking like,” he said.

    All 15 county commission seats will be on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election. Berry is one of three commissioners representing District 1.

  • Part-time job pays $93,000-plus

    Imagine a part-time job that pays more than $93,000.

    Moreover, if you pay taxes in Roane County, you’re footing the bill.

    Despite being a part-time job, the position of Roane County attorney pays $93,775.

    That’s more than the salaries of the sheriff and road superintendent, who each make $81,208, work full time and supervise government staffs.

    One county commissioner questioned the logic of the situation this week.

  • Arrests: Aug. 18-31, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 18 — Jessica Leann Murray, 22, 157 Old Hen Valley, Oliver Springs: failure to appear. Bond $119.10; court date Sept. 6.

    Aug. 19 — Charles Thomas Jenkins, 25, 113 Wise Road, Kingston: two attachments. Total bond $3,000; court date Aug. 28.

  • Marches, Midway student solo on tap for Babahatchie winter concert

    It may be cold outside, but Babahatchie Community Band is gearing up to warm the heart and soul with music during its winter concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the James Williamson Auditorium of Harriman High School. Admission is free; donations are graciously accepted.

    Midway High School senior Andrew Westrich will be featured euphonium soloist during the concert.

  • Two high school teams in Science Bowl

    Teams from Rockwood High School and Kingston’s Roane County High School will participate in a competition next weekend to determine the area’s representative in the high school national finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Science Bowl.

    The two schools are

    among more than 50 across the state that will face off during the regional competition Feb. 22 in Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus in Friendsville.

  • Roane students eligible for five scholarships

    Roane County students are eligible to apply for five East Tennessee Foundation scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

    Foundation scholarships open to Roane County residents include:

  • Parents, community asked to give school input to AdvancED team

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes is welcoming parents and members of the community to meet with a visiing AdvancED team next week.

    The meeting, from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Edward E. Williams Building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston, is part of the system’s process of an AdvancED review toward accrediting the district as a quality school system.

    “You are some of our most valuable resources,” Aytes wrote in an open letter issued to “community stakeholders/partners.”

  • Midway Elementary honors, perfect attendance: Second nine weeks' grading period

    Midway Elementary School applauds students who earned placement on its honor rolls and other achievements for the second nine weeks’ grading period.

    They are:


    Third grade — Logan Carroll, Bree Duff, Chloe Kyle, Maggie Jackson, Cadence Miles, Meredith Sweeney, Tyler Bentley, Shelby Bryant, Cadence Collier, Sierra Cowell, Jayleigh Davis, Rhyan Helms and James Moses.

  • Roane County Schools closed on Thursday, Feb. 13, because of bad weather
  • Roane Central looks at possible 20 percent rate increase

    Roane Central Utility District's board will be considering a 20 percent rate increase at a meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

    Manager Bob Creswell feels it's a necessity due to a what he sees as a dramatic drop in revenue due to lower water sales to one of the utility’s biggest customers, TVA.