Today's News

  • Guest column: School plan more than buildings


    This is an exciting time for the future of education in Roane County as we move to the forefront using an innovative approach in preparing our students to join the workforce.

    I would like to begin by thanking the Roane County Commission for their encouragement in this endeavor. During the budget process four years ago, the Commission requested a long-range plan for Roane County Schools.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Conflict is our greatest constant

    As I compose this column on the Sunday before Independence Day, reminders of American diversity abound.

    Boaters out on Watts Bar Lake and jubilant, beer guzzling baseball fans on my TV screen are clearly preparing for conventional celebrations of our great national holiday. But a quick review of national headlines reveals a more sober mood.

  • Lane closures on hold for the Fourth

    Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes through 6 a.m. July 5 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

    “Over 831,000 motorists are expected to travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

  • Beatty heads up credit union member services

    Bill Beatty recently joined the staff of Y-12 Federal Credit Union as director of remote member services and call center.

    His primary responsibilities are to manage the Contact Center and the Personal Teller Machine teams.

    Beatty previously worked for Conduent BPO, Bank of America, and CertusBank. He has more than 20 years of experience in the contact center and financial services industries.

    He holds Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Charter University.

  • It’s Bo Time
  • Public invited to sneak peek of historic OS bldg.

    A grand opening is still in the works, but the public is invited to see the restoration work that has been done to date at the Oliver Springs Historical Society building.

    “Anyone is welcome to be there,” Oliver Springs Historical Society President Jerry White said about today’s meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

    Candidates running for county offices have been invited to speak and the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is planning to attend the meeting and tour the building.

  • Facelifts coming for two Harriman parks

    Work to transform two of Harriman’s parks is underway.

    Triangle Park is getting a new ball court.

    “The plan at Triangle Park at the moment is to tear out the old court which is over 40 years old. It has began to crack and warp due to the roots of the big tree on the corner,” Harriman Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman said.

    “So we took down the old tree and are waiting on good weather to take up the old asphalt and replace it with new.”


    The Fourth of July is always a big day in Kingston but this year’s Smokin The Water’ festival could be the biggest and the best ever.

    “We’re pumped,” said Kingston Parks and Recreation Event Coordinator Debbie Russell.

    The city has done a lot of promotion, including partnering with a local radio station, for the annual event. If the weather holds she said she expects to see visitors increase.

    “We think this is going to be the biggest crowd ever,” she said.

  • Vitolo’s beer permit approved for Jake’s

    Jake’s Bar and Grill in Rockwood is under new ownership.

    Antonio Vitolo, the new owner, appeared before the Rockwood Beer Board on Tuesday.

    The board approved his application for a beer permit unanimously.

    Vitolo lives in Kingston. He passed a state background check, and Beer Board members didn’t voice any concerns about his application before voting to approve it.

    “Looks good to me,” Beer Board Chairman Denny Cole said.