Today's News

  • Hooks to serve another term on Tennessee board

    Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks to another term on the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board.

    “I’ve really enjoyed the past four years and look forward to the next term,” Hooks said. “I can’t thank Gov. Haslam enough for putting that trust in me.”

    Hooks also thanked Deputy to the Governor Jim Henry, state Sen. Ken Yager and state Reps. Kent Calfee and Ron Travis.

  • Cemetery vandal, thief back in jail

    The man who vandalized and stole property from the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery is back in trouble.

    Kevin Limburg pleaded guilty to theft of property and vandalism in the cemetery case on March 8, 2017.

    He was placed on community corrections, which is an alternative to prison, for 10 years.

    He was arrested in Knox County on June 1 for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange and theft.

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  • Rockwood shelter likely to stay closed

    The Rockwood Animal Shelter remains closed — and it doesn’t appear it will be opening any time soon.

    In fact, Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposes closing the shelter and splitting the codes enforcement and animal control position into two part-time positions.

    “It seems like we hire someone and the two jobs just overload them,” Miller said. “So I would like to have a half-time codes enforcement and half-time animal control.”

  • Harriman sidewalks get state help

    Harriman was awarded a $623,768 Transportation Alternatives Program grant for sidewalk improvements on Roane Street from Crescent to Georgia avenues.

    “It is to finish the sidewalks and street lights from our office to Jerry Duncan” Ford, said Harriman Mayor Wayne Best.

    “It is kind of to help finish up the downtown we have started,” he added.

    “We are very pleased in the vision and direction we are headed in for our downtown and our city.”

  • TVA funds giving Harriman water plant a big boost

    Harriman Utility Board is finding ways to be more efficient and save money with the replacement of two of three high service pumps at the water plant.

    The pumps were replaced thanks to $30,199 in grant funds from TVA’s Energy Right Solutions Program.

    “They have exceeded our expectations,” said HUB manager Candace Vannasdale. “They are great.

    “We hope they keep running 20-plus more years,” she added.

  • County officials sworn in Aug. 29

    The swearing-in ceremony for winners of the Aug. 2 election is scheduled for Aug. 29.

    The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    Their terms will start on Sept. 1.

    Participation in the swearing in ceremony isn’t mandatory, but Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he expects a good turnout.

    Many winners participated in the ceremony held at the courthouse in 2014.

    “I’d say we have 95 percent participation of people who need to be sworn in by Sept. 1,” Woody said.

  • Class tells how to properly care for garden tools

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County will host its free monthly brown bag Lunch and Learn Series on Saturday.

    The presentation will begin at noon in the University of Tennessee Extension Office at 3074 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Gus Callicoat will lead the discussion on “Caring for Garden Implements/Tools.”

    This ongoing series takes place the second Saturday of each month. It is open to the public.

    Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or snack to enjoy while they listen to the presentation.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fran’s lessons not bound by classroom

    By Mark Banker

    Regular readers know where I stand on the future of Roane County education. But they might not understand why I am so determined that we adequately fund our public schools.

    After all, I am a 67-year old taxpayer with no direct heirs in the county who taught most of his 40 years in private schools.

    Here’s my answer: I begin each day early with a stout cup of coffee. On my better days, I pause and reflect briefly on the many things for which I am thankful. Prominent on my lengthy list are a host of teachers.

  • Johnson new county clerk, Mason wins trustee bid

    The experience Beth Gage Johnson has in the County Clerk’s Office may have been too much for voters to overlook.

    After working there for more than 30 years, Johnson will now lead the office thanks to her win in the county clerk’s race on Thursday.

    “I’ve actually been working on this for 35 years,” she said.

    According to unofficial returns, Johnson received 6,025 votes compared to 5,532 for challenger Chase Clem.