Today's News

  • 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.

  • Midway hardwood play day
  • Pair in stolen SUV arrested for drug possession

    Two women are facing drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in Rockwood.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy pulled over a red Ford Explorer Saturday night because it was pulling a trailer with no lighting equipment activated on the trailer.

    “I conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1400 block of N. Gateway Avenue,” the report said.

  • SS3 car vandals strike in Rockwood

    Three Rockwood residents reported having vehicles vandalized last week.

    “They had the same thing written on them,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.

    Officer Patrick Richard spoke with all three victims on June 6.

    According to one report, he met with Jill Fisher at 421 Lakemont Drive.

    “While speaking to Mrs. Fisher, she informed me her truck had been spray painted and continued to show me the black SS3 on the side,” the report said.

  • Four firms seeking architectural nod for utility operations

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board members will meet in a workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday to hear proposals regarding their new office and operational center.

    “We are listening to presentations from the architects/engineering firms that have been shortlisted to work on the new office and operation center. There will be four presentations- from 10-2,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The firms who will present at the workshop are Allen and Hoshall; McCarty Hosaple McCarty; The Lewis Group; and Michael Brady Inc.

  • ‘You’re out of order’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody usually remains seated while discussing resolutions at County Commission meetings.

    A resolution presented at Monday’s meeting prompted him to stand up.

    “As the chief executive officer, and looking at what this county wants to try to accomplish in emergency services, I’m recommending everyone vote to pass this resolution,” Woody said.

    The resolution he was speaking about called for purchasing the Roane County Rescue Squad building for $258,000.