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Today's News

  • New Regions combines Harriman, Kingston branches

    Regions Bank has cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of its modern Harriman facility designed to serve the people and businesses of Roane County.

    The new branch, at 2018 Roane State Hwy. in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center in Midtown, replaces two older Regions facilities in Harriman and Kingston, incorporating both operations under one roof.

  • Schools budget 1 percent employee pay raises

    The Roane County Board of Education passed its budget for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday.

    The budget includes an across-the- board 1 percent pay raise for school system employees.

    “One percent for everybody,” school board business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Proposed expenditures for the 2018-19 school year are approximately $67.7 million.

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will review the school budget before it goes to the full commission for a vote later this year.

  • Disposing of waste properly
  • Premature pool romp lands teens in trouble

    A trio of teens apparently couldn’t wait for the Rockwood Community Center pool to open for the summer on May 29.

    “On May 13, 2018, I was dispatched to the Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave. on a criminal trespass call,” Rockwood Police Officer Daniel Jeffries wrote in a report.

    “When I arrived I found three male juveniles inside the fence climbing out of the pool.”

    Jeffries said the teens attempted to hide when he showed up, but they were unsuccessful.

  • New lights shining on downtown Harriman

    New light poles are popping up around downtown Harriman.

    On Friday, the Harriman Utility Board was installing the new fixtures.

    “Getting all of the lights installed is going to be a process that will take some time. They have most of the area in front of the HUB and Temperance Building done. I believe that as they put more up and get used to the process, each one will go a little quicker,” said City Manager Kevin Helms on Friday.

    The city is using funds they received after the Dec. 22, 2008, TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

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  • Leaders may have last word on school plan

    Last week’s Roane County Commission vote to put a wheel tax referendum on the ballot in November doesn’t mean funding for the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan can’t be secured before then.

    County officials are in the process of putting a budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Friday the budget should be ready in time for Commission to vote on it at its July meeting.

  • Police uncover alleged major pot grow operation

    An alleged marijuana grow operation was discovered at 105 Bailey Road, Kingston, on Wednesday.

    “People worry about meth, heroin and everything else, but we still have this going on that we have to deal with,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Kyle Canup became suspicious when he went to the residence to serve an ex-parte order of protection.

  • Pigskin peek in spring time
  • Boat safety week set

    The 2018 National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season starts in full force.

    The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 18 with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket, even while at work.