Today's News

  • Tigers move on with win

    The Rockwood Tigers’ slow and methodical approach won out over the fast paced Wartburg Bulldogs Thursday night at Dallas Davis Gym, eliminating the home team from the District 3 playoffs, 60-38.

    Rockwood’s defensive pressure paid off early.

    “We played good defense,” Tiger Coach Paul Kamikawa said. “I think Wartburg shot the ball 7-of-24 in the first half and we got better in the second half defensively.

    “We figured them out a little bit and handled their run and jump well.”

  • What’s the SCORE? Focus on employee retention

    By Dana Peterka

    Why is employee retention important?

    Two key points come to mind.

    First, is worker availability. Unemployment rates are hovering below 4 percent, a 49-year low, making it difficult to find replacement workers.

    The second is the cost of hiring an employee. Do you know what the cost is in your organization? The average cost-per-hire is $4,129, while the average time it takes to fill a given position is 42 days, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  • Pantex, Y-12’s contributions to United Way topped $1 million

    Pantex and Y-12 contributions to the United Way topped $1 million in 2018 in donations gathered from employees, retirees, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, the sites’ managing and operating contractor, announced.

    The sites engaged in yearlong campaigns to generate money for the United Way, raising funds through silent auctions and various jewelry, book and food sales at the sites as well as employee contributions.

    A $150,000 donation from CNS’ parent companies also was included in the total.

  • Lee freezes new business regulations

    Earlier this month Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order to halt new regulations for the next 90 days across all state executive branch departments.

    “As part of our efforts to limit the size of state government, we are taking a close look at the regulations we are imposing on citizens and businesses in Tennessee,” said Lee.

    “Our goal is to make Tennessee the most job-friendly state in the country and we are working to promote job creation and a commonsense regulatory approach.”

  • Underground Railroad play set at Roane State

    Roane State Community College is commemorating Black History Month with two free theatrical showings of “Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad” at the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    The first showing will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the second showing will be at 6 p.m.

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

    The production is presented by The WordPlayers, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) theatre company formed in 1995 by Christian theatre artists in Knoxville.

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  • Midway beats Rockwood to close out season

    With the Class 1A District 3 postseason looming, the Rockwood Lady Tigers fell to the Midway Lady Waves in a big senior night 48-16 win Friday at Midway High School’s Boyd Woody Gym.

    Tiani Porter quickly put the Lady Tigers on the board with a long jump shot to make the score 2-0.

    It was the last time Rockwood would be in the lead.

    A series of turnovers and fast strikes from the Midway offense led by Rebecca Lemasters, Paige Bacon, and Caitlyn Ross quickly put the Lady Tigers down, 12-2 at the end of the first.


    The entrance gate to the Swan Pond Sports Complex was closed this week.

    It could remain that way come spring.

    “It’s shut down during the winter anyway,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “What we’re trying to do is make sure we get all the sampling done, it get cleared so we can do spring soccer. That’s what everybody’s concerned about, but the only thing we can do is wait till the sampling is done to do that.”

  • Census vital to Roane

    A task force organized by the Office of the County Executive will work to ensure Roane County is properly represented in the upcoming 2020 Census.

    The goal of the Census Complete Count Committee is to make sure a full accounting of all residents is conducted by the April 2020 deadline.

    Getting an accurate account can’t be achieved without local involvement and support, according to Kimberly Smith, Partnership Specialist with the Department of Commerce.

    Smith said the 2020 Census will be very important to Roane County.

  • Kingston speeders beware

    Speeders on Paint Rock Ferry Road have become a concern for the Kingston Police Department.

    “For about a month back in January we wrote over 30 tickets down through there,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

    “I think it was sometime around 10 o’clock one night there was a car going 80 miles an hour,” Washam said. “Even though Paint Rock Ferry is a heavily traveled road, we don’t need speeds like that.”