Today's News

  • Tourism has great impact on local economy

    Visitors spent $69.82 million in Roane County in 2017, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Travel Association and Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

    The numbers show an increase of $2.33 million over 2016 and one of the largest increases in the past five years. In fact, visitor spending has increased by $7.63 million just in the last four years, which is almost double the prior four years that only saw an increase of $2.75 million.

  • Demolition completed at K-25 site

    Cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park took another major step forward as workers completed demolition of the K-1037 Building — the largest and one of the most challenging facilities still standing at the site.

    Workers began tearing down the building in February and have safely completed the project nearly four months ahead of schedule.

  • Roane Alliance announces changes in staff responsibilities

    The Roane Alliance has experienced changes in the past year, and with the announcement of Pam May as new President/CEO, also came a restructuring of staff responsibilities that include several promotions.

  • State unemployment numbers remain strong

    Tennessee’s statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2019 inched up slightly to 3.3 percent after remaining at an all-time historic low for three consecutive months, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    May’s preliminary rate of 3.3 percent is 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month’s rate. Since February, unemployment across the state had held steady at a record 3.2 percent.

  • Kingston balks on budget

    The Kingston City Council postponed action on the 2019-20 budget during a special-called meeting on Thursday.

    The new fiscal year starts Monday. The city plans to operate on a continuing resolution in the meantime.

    The second reading of an ordinance was on the agenda to adopt the 2019-20 budget along with setting the tax and water/sewer rates, but Councilman Tony Brown expressed some concerns and called for the continuing resolution along with a workshop where council members can go over the proposed budget line by line.

  • Kingston woman accused of stealing from title company

    A Kingston woman is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from a local title company.

    Elizabeth Diane Guerrero was indicted last month on one count of theft of property over $60,000.

    She was the office manager for Title One Inc. at 1025 Waterford Place, Kingston.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes sought the indictment against Guerrero.

    According to his report, Guerrero allegedly used a debit card to make $207,267.38 in unauthorized transactions from a Title One account from 2011 to 2019.

  • McElhinney given a sweet send-off
  • Enjoy live music at the old Roane County Courthouse

    The Fourth of July celebration is starting early in Kingston with a variety of events in the days leading up to the Smokin’ the Water festival and fireworks show.

    Will Shepard will perform a free concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the old Roane County Courthouse.

    Shipwreck Ice Cream will be selling food and ice cream at this event.

    On Tuesday, July 2, enjoy bluegrass and watermelon at a free concert featuring The Skyways and Roy Freels and the Singers.

  • State gives Roane Choral arts grant

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, has announced Roane Choral Society has secured an $8,140 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. 

    Arts grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who buy specialty license plates.

     “This is an extremely fine performing arts group,” said Senator Yager.