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Today's News

  • School board to appoint interim at Sat. session

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago has called a Saturday morning emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins’ resignation and appoint an interim director of schools.

    “I haven’t heard a name one,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said Wednesday, when asked who the interim director might be.

    Jago indicated it could be someone currently working in the central office.

  • Rockwood police bust alleged pot grow operation

    A Rockwood man is facing a felony charge for an alleged indoor marijuana grow operation.

    Police discovered it by happenstance on Wednesday. According to the report, Rockwood officer Jared Hall and Sgt. Jason Halliburton went to 516B W. Baldwin St. to attempt to locate Angelyn Selby on a warrant.

    “While we were behind the house we saw a large outbuilding with an open door,” the report said. “I noticed that this building had power ran to it and had a lot of carpentry work done to it.”

  • SUMMER’S BIG KICK
  • Guest Column: Tax hikes easy but harmful

    By Tyler Overstreet

    For Roane County News

    In my opinion, having a conversation about major school construction prior to well-designed academic programming geared toward 2022 and beyond is like putting the cart before the horse in light of REFUSING to first discuss the significant monetary savings to all taxpayers if Roane County (city and county) were to consolidate and merge existing services that are currently duplicated in each township.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Founders didn’t trust We the People

    Last week’s resignation of Roane County Schools Director Leah Watkins will no doubt impact our county’s ongoing school debate. But it also offers a useful reminder.

    Unexpected events have often made those who “learn from history” appear foolish.

    Consider, for example, the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Both undermined attempts to learn from more remote past experiences, and gave rise to policies that would previously have been unimaginable.

  • Dixie Youth 7-8 tourney recap

    The Dixie Youth post season kicked off this past weekend.

    The 7-8 year old tournament double elimination tournament at Cherokee Middle School saw the all-star teams from Rockwood, Kingston, Harriman, and Campbell squared off for a berth in the state tournament in Fairview.

    The Kingston All-Stars emerged as champions this past week with a perfect record in the tournament.

    “The boys came out and they were ready,” Kingston Coach Anthony Lane said.

    Kingston 13, Campbell County 0

  • Jackets upend the Bulldogs
  • Out to Lunch: No doubt about it: You’ll go back to The Burgers

    Don and Bonita Fowler of Fowler’s Furniture recently invited my wife Carol and me to go “Out to Lunch” with them in Lenoir City at a new restaurant.

    “It’s called The Burgers, and we’ve really enjoyed eating there,” Don said.

    My first thought was, “How could I write about a place that only served burgers?” That is, until I went online to view a menu.

    On this “Out to Lunch” adventure, none of the six at our table had a burger.

  • Roane State hosts bball play days

    Roane State hosted girls middle school play days earlier in the week. Harriman, Cherokee and Oliver Springs represented Roane County with their presence and their play during the event.

  • Pack joins the Lady Raiders