Today's News

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Has McConnell started Trump’s downward slide?

    Gentle reader, when the history of the Donald John Trump administration is written, we think those future historians will look to January 2019, as the beginning of the end of that administration.

  • Kingston Rotary holds pancake breakfast Feb. 9

    The Kingston Rotary Club will be hosting its 39th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center, West Spring Street (behind Handee Burger), from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

    The breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange juice and coffee.

    The silent auction will include many unique items. Tickets are $5 at the door.

    Proceeds go to the club for various projects they do.

  • CASA holds Winter Blast on Saturday

    The Kentucky Headhunters will bring their hybrid mix of honky tonk, blues and Southern rock to the Princess Theatre for the CASA Winter Blast on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

    The event features a roaming feast with items from Ruby Tuesday, Roane Street Grille, Caney Creek Marina, Country Club Restaurant and Our Towne Coffee.

    Door prizes and a silent auction will also be at the event.

    This is the tenth year of the CASA Winter Blast, a fundraising effort to support CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.

  • Jacobs Engineering sues contractors

    Jacobs Engineering Group filed almost identical lawsuits against three contractors in federal court last month.

    If the suits are successful, those contractors could be on the hook financially for the expenses Jacobs has incurred defending itself from lawsuits that stem from the cleanup of the TVA ash spill.

  • Victim falls for tax scam

    Tax return season is a time for scams, and a Rockwood woman reports she is the victim of one.

    Melissa Ann Heilman spoke with Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton about her situation.

    “Ms. Heilman said she had filed taxes through Turbo Tax for 2017 tax returns,” Halliburton’s report said. “When Turbo Tax was brought back up on the computer, she saw that her 2018 income taxes had already been filed on Jan. 13, 2019. This date was before she had even received her W-2 tax information.”

  • School merger up for vote?

    The Roane County Board of Education could learn on Monday how the Roane County Commission feels about its plan to build a new consolidated high school.

    The commission meets in regular session that night, and a resolution on the agenda calls for approval of the new school along with other parts of the board’s “Educational Improvement Plan.”

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the resolution was submitted by the Commission’s Budget Committee at the request of the school board.

  • Amphitheater slowed but is still on track

    Planning for the Amphitheater at Fort Southwest Point is progressing, however the project may not be completed by the original Memorial Day target date.

    Representatives from project management firm Spectratech met with officials from the City of Kingston recently to review plans prior to construction of the 1,000-seat amphitheater.

    Based on a 12-week construction schedule, the target date for completion would be subject to the weather and somewhere beyond the Memorial Day target previously discussed.

  • RPD promotes two officers

    By Richard Evans

    Two officers from the Rockwood Police Department have been promoted to sergeant.

    The Rockwood City Council approved the promotions of Jared Hall and Charles Haubrich during their regular monthly meeting Monday night.

    Hall started with Rockwood Police in 2000 before leaving for a job with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    After nine years with that department, Hall returned to Rockwood in January 2012, where he has remained since.

    Haubrich has been with Rockwood Police Department since November 2007.

  • Harriman looks to Temperance Building’s future

    By Richard Evans

    It’s a Harriman landmark and a reminder of its history. It’s listed on the National Historic Registry. And it’s starting to show its age.

    The Temperance Building, built in 1890 by city founders, was originally the offices of the East Tennessee Land Company.

    From 1897-1905 it was the home of American Temperance University, a school founded to promote the social doctrine of the temperance movement.