Today's News

  • Correction

    A story titled “Roane inmate busted getting drugs at park” in the Monday, June 17, 2019, edition of the Roane County News incorrectly identified Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jessica West as the reporting officer in a case of an inmate exchanging drugs while on work duty.

    The correct name of the deputy who made the arrest is Sgt. Jarrod Whitson.

  • No picnic for IGA shoplifter

    The IGA grocery store in Rockwood is out nearly $13 worth of steaks and charcoal after a shoplifting suspect allegedly hid the items down his pants.

    The suspect was identified as Jonathan Tyler Newman.

    Police spoke with him and store owner Roger Sharp when they arrived at the IGA to investigate the incident.

    “Mr. Newman was removing a bag of charcoal from the front of his pants and a pack of New York strip steaks from the rear of his pants,” the report said.

  • Ribbon cutting held for new HUB building

    By Richard Evans

    It is official. The administration of the Harriman Utility Board has a new home.

    The ribbon cutting of the new HUB building, sponsored by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, was held Friday morning.

    Guests were welcomed by Candace Vannasdale, P.E., HUB General Manager, and Edgar “Buddy” Bowers, chairman of the Harriman Utility Board.

    “This is a very special day and it’s really an exciting time for our board and our employees,” Vannasdale said.

  • Edwena Crowe will be featured speaker at YWCA ‘Talk and Toast’

    YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley invites the public to its inaugural “Talk and Toast” on Thursday, July 18, at the newly renovated YWCA location at 1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge.

    Networking begins at 4:30 p.m.; program begins at 5:15 p.m. The guest speaker will be Edwena Crowe, a resident of Oak Ridge and a director at Consolidated Nuclear Security.

    A $50 seat will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer or wine and inspiring words from Mrs. Crowe.

  • Pet treat tasting event at Rockwood Tractor Supply

    Tractor Supply Company is hosting a pet treat tasting event in Rockwood.

    Planned for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, June 29, this event will give pets the chance to sample a variety of pet treats available at Tractor Supply Company.

  • TVA’s Regional Energy Resource Council to meet

    Members of the public interested in the current and future direction of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s energy-related activities, including the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, are invited to attend an upcoming public working session of the Regional Energy Resource Council in Chattanooga, on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27.

    The 20-member RERC includes representatives from throughout the Tennessee Valley and advises TVA leadership on the management and development of energy-related issues and priorities.

  • Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation to host golf tourney

    One of Knoxville’s finest clubs, Fox Den Country Club, will host the Y-12 FCU Gives Foundation golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 16 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

    The course is known for its perfect set-up amid the backdrop of the stunning Smoky Mountains. Participants will enjoy lunch, a round of golf, a celebration reception and golfers will be treated to a player gift store voucher, prizes and much more.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Is there a Trump-Pompeo-Bolton War?

    Gentle Reader: This is the time of year when several of the Protestant churches have their annual conferences, including the so-called Evangelical denominations. As we understand from some of the reports coming out of these meetings, most of the Evangelical denominations, including the Southern Baptists, are no longer growing, but are, in fact, losing membership to a greater or lesser degree.

  • Going With the Flo: Patriotism is standing up for what is right

    By Flo Charles

    What an electrifying, patriotic and unifying two hours Tuesday night as we listened to President Trump launch his 2020 reelection campaign for President of the United States! That center was explosive!

    Ten thousand to 20,000 were lined up outside the Amway Center in Orlando, with seating capacity of 20,000, waiting for over 45-plus hours in the rain — camping out to assure a seat.

    It was the most powerful speech I’ve ever heard and many said the same thing. In fact, the people didn’t want to leave.

  • Johnson to speak at Democratic Women’s Club

    State Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Democrat representing Knoxville’s District 13, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, June 24, meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club.

    The group will meet at 6 p.m. at The Other One, a deli at 178 Randolph Road in Grove Center, Oak Ridge.

    Johnson, who served previously in the state legislature from Jan. 2013 to Jan. 2015, won a hotly contested race against incumbent state Rep. Eddie Smith last November and took her seat in January.