Today's News

  • Riverfront Park cameras going up this week

    Work to begin installing the new security cameras as David Webb Riverfront Park will start this week.

    Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey said the company will be at the park on Monday.

    “They’ll begin putting some of the infrastructure in place,” he said.

    Originally the intention was to put public Internet access into the park as well, however, the city hit a snafu and cannot offer that at this time.

    Humphrey said Comcast could not do what they needed at the park so the city is instead going to use Verizon.

  • Turkey hunt over: Cannon nabbed for Mother's Day pursuit

    The man accused of leading Rockwood police on a high speed chase on Mother’s Day was arrested last week.

    Donald Cannon, who is also known by the nickname Turkey according to police, is charged with driving on a suspended license, speeding, reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and a seatbelt violation.

    According to the report about the Mother’s Day incident, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich clocked Cannon traveling 22 miles over the 40 mph speed limit on South Gateway Avenue.

  • Updated look for Roane info kiosks

    The Roane Alliance has refreshed the look of the information kiosks that provide information for tourists and visitors to Roane County.

    The visitor informa-

    tion kiosks, located off the Midtown exit beside Pattersons Appliances and at

    The Roane Alliance off

    the Kingston exit, give

    visitors a chance to pick

    up information, discover attractions and find

    their way around the county.

  • Public input sought on Clinch reactor at NRC Kingston meetings on Tuesday

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with the public in Kingston on Tuesday to discuss TVA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Early Site Permit application for the nearby Clinch River site.

    TVA is seeking resolution of safety and environmental issues related to a potential small modular reactor at the site, approximately five miles southwest of Oak Ridge

  • Rockwood touted for Small City Progress

    The city of Rockwood is being honored with the Small City Progress award by the Tennessee Municipal League.

    TML said the city is receiving the award in honor of the cooperative effort of city officials to reduce blight, increase energy efficiency, improve city services and enhance local recreation opportunities.

    “I just think we have made a

    lot of improvements we are start-ing to see come together. This wouldn’t be happening without our people —I’m talking about our workers,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Harriman Sears here to stay

    Despite Sears’ announcement of store closures this past week, Harriman’s Sears Hometown Store on Roane Street is

    staying open to serve their loyal customers.

    The Hometown Store is an owner-run concept from retail stores in malls, where they still sell the Sears brand-name products like the big stores.

    What lots of people do not understand is that the smaller Hometown Store concept seems to be working better than their larger sister operation,” explained Charlie Jones, owner and manager of Harriman Sears Hometown Store.

  • Jobless rates down statewide

    County unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April, and all counties are at or below 5 percent.

    Roane County’s rate at 3.3 percent was down 0.7 percent from March, according to statistics released last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest level of unemployment with a rate of 2 percent in April. Davidson County had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.1 percent.

  • Cash Saver now closed

    Meat cases sit empty Thursday on the last day of business at Cash Saver supermarket on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Prices on a number of products were slashed that morning in anticipation of liquidating stock before the 9 p.m. closing.

  • Out to Lunch: Wendell's success continues at MeMe's

    I hope that some previous readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles have recently missed not seeing them in the Roane County News.

    My wife, Carol, fell and broke her left shoulder a few weeks ago. She has not felt up to going “Out to Lunch,” and I have devoted much of my time to being a cook and housekeeper.

    She got out of her arm sling last week and said she was ready to join me on an “Out to Lunch” adventure to the new MeMe’s Restaurant at 423 N. Gateway Ave., in Rockwood. Our daughter-in-law, Faye Poston, also joined us.

  • Exec says meeting notice not sufficient: Significance of BOE sessions a timing issue

    Before becoming Roane County executive, Ron Woody spent years as a consultant for the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.

    One of the things he dealt with in that job was adequate notice for public meetings.

    “In my opinion, it’s a reasonable-person standard,” Woody said. “What would a reasonable person think?”