Today's News

  • Reversing Diabetes seminar scheduled to start next week

    A six-week Reversing Diabetes seminar will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday May 7-June 11 in the fellowship hall of Roane Community Adventist Church at 336 Patton Lane.

    Registered nurses Kathy Kleinsmith and Cathy Petel will teach a new dietary and lifestyle approach. Recipes and samples of diabetes-reversing foods will be provided.

    Cost is $30 per person, $45 per couple and includes books, recipes and food samples.

    Scholarships will be available.

    Register for the seminar by calling or texting Petel at 466-4380.

  • Louckes honoree at annual Gala

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will have its 15th Gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on May 5.

    Gala Committee Chairwoman Mary Pippin said the social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston, followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Courtroom.

    A silent auction will offer such items as stays at regional hotels, tickets to area attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, collectibles and art works.

    This year’s honored Gala guest is Barbara Louckes.

  • Volunteers sought for Manhattan Project Park

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park is seeking volunteers to assist Oak Ridge unit staff.

    Opportunities include staffing the visitor contact station at Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, meeting and greeting visitors while providing information about the park. Opportunities to provide informational programs may also exist.


    If someone is up to no good in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park they’ll soon be playing peek-a-boo with a camera that can help pin them to the crime.

    “They have been ordered. I’m waiting on a delivery date,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

    Getting security cameras to capture possible illegal activity, including occasional vandalism, has been a goal of many city officials for some time.

    “It is well needed for everything going on down there,” said Councilman Tim Johnson.

  • Rockwood returns pool-covering grant

    Rockwood officials approved returning the grant that would have went towards covering the city pool at their meeting last week.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed returning the funds at a workshop earlier in the year, citing needs for improvements at the current pool before a covering would be put in place.

    “This is something you hate to do but unfortunately there is a lot more to it than first we thought,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Dad jailed for leaving tot in car

    A father allegedly left his 1-year-old son inside a running vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on Wednesday. Rockwood police responded to investigate after someone called 911 to report the unattended child.

    Capt. Kelly Pittman said when he arrived he observed the child in a rear facing car seat in the backseat of the car.

    “The child was asleep and reporting officer did open the door to check on the welfare of the child,” the report said. “Reporting officer also noticed that the keys were in the ignition and the car was running.”

  • ‘Wow’ factor varies

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry was wowed by a presentation school officials gave on their $68 million building plan in March.

    “This is a ‘wow’ factor,” Berry said last month.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got a “wow” feeling when he looked at what the plan could do to the county’s per capita debt.

    “My wow factor became when that per capita debt come up there, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Woody said Thursday. “How do you manage that?”


    Residents wanting to vote on the Roane County Board of Education’s building plan could get their wish.

    District 2 County Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson and Junior Hendrickson filed a resolution on Friday to place a wheel tax referendum on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. If passed, the money generated from the new tax could help fund the school board’s $68 million building plan.

    A major part of the board’s plan is building a new consolidated high school for Rockwood, Harriman and Kingston near Roane State Community College.

  • Haslam signs changes to TANF into law

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is applauding the recent passage of key changes to the state’s Families First program.

    These changes help ensure families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits administered through Families First have the assistance they need to meet today’s economic realities.

    The legislation approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this year and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam makes several key changes to Families First, including:

  • Tools left at grandma’s old house reported stolen

    A woman told Rockwood police nearly $3,100 worth of tools were stolen from a home she and her boyfriend were renovating.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to 635 Tarwater St. on April 21 to investigate.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with Ms. Skyla N. Burks,” the report said. “Ms. Burks said she and her boyfriend, Mr. Keith McClain, were working on her grandmother’s abandoned house, 635 Tarwater, to get it ready to move into.”