Today's News

  • Kingston ponders funding Dogwood Drive work

    The City of Kingston is trying to figure out how to pay for the project to improve Dogwood Drive.

    Council voted in December 2018 to approve a resolution to enter into an agreement with Tennessee Department of Transportation for improvements to Dogwood Drive.

    The $1.6 million project would be paid 50 percent by a state grant and would be completed concurrently with a project to install a light and improve a nearby intersection at North Kentucky Street and I-40.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Budget public hearing one of many steps

    By Ron Woody

    The annual budget is generally adopted in July or August of each year with the fiscal year starting July 1.

    Working on the budget is basically year round, with most of the preparation taking place January through June.

    The budget process is completed when the Roane County Commission adopts the Appropriation and Tax Resolutions.

    Prior to commission’s consideration of the budget, the budget committee must finish their required work.

  • Going With the Flo: We must fight against the rewriting of history

    By Flo Charles

    Many of us are aware that much of our history has been rewritten, thereby poisoning the soul of our nation’s character, so I choose my sources thoughtfully and prayerfully.

    If I’ve made any mistakes after all the research I do, they are not intentional, but human error. My heart’s desire is to write with integrity. Only God knows the motive of anyone’s heart.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s right

    Gentle reader: Despite the fact that the election is still well over a year away, more and more does it dominate much of the news. For instance, as we understand it, the next round of Democratic presidential debates is scheduled for next Thursday, 12 September, on ABC, for which ten of the remaining potential candidates have qualified to participate.

  • TVA seeks advisory group

    TVA is seeking volunteers to serve on a Community Action Group involving the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    People don’t have to be willing to rubber stamp the agency’s operation to serve.

    Spokesman Scott Brooks said people who think highly of TVA and those who don’t are welcome to apply.

    “It’s not that we want them to be pro or con,” he said. “We just want them to be willing to represent the community in both directions.”

  • United Way warns of scam

    The Roane County United Way wants people to know they will not ask for private information when seeking donations.

    Anyone who asks for personal details such as banking information or Social Security numbers while claiming to be with United Way is a scam.

    The Roane County United Way will never ask for your bank credentials, Social Security number, or any of your online login information.

    The United Way only takes secure donation through PayPal.

    The agency does not award grant money to individuals.

  • Making a big move

    By Richard Evans

    Following a vote by the Harriman City Council Tuesday evening, Harriman agreed to purchase a building to house city hall and the police department.

    The building, located at 408 Roane Street, was purchased at a cost of $175,000.

    Councilmen Daryl Cook, Tim Johnson, Sam Russell, Lonnie Wright and Charles “Buddy” Holley voted to purchase the building. Councilman Kenyon Mee was absent.

    “It’s a lot better than the building we’re in now,” said Russell.

  • Rockwood PD find wanted woman in stolen vehicle

    A woman wanted by U.S. Marshals was reportedly found in a stolen vehicle on Sunday. According to the report, Courtney N. Turner was one of four occupants in the vehicle. She allegedly gave Rockwood Police a fake name when questioned about her identity.

    The other people in the vehicle were identified as driver Kenneth Ramsey, Crystal Smith and Jeffery Hinds. According to the report, Officer Chris Kennedy was on patrol when he noticed Hinds in the vehicle as it drove down Gateway Avenue. That’s what prompted him to follow it.

  • State says soil at Swan Pond recreation areas normal

    A state investigation into the soil at the Swan Pond recreation areas concluded the soil is normal and poses no health risks to children who play there.

    “We recommend using the Swan Pond recreation areas for their intended purposes,” Joe George, with the Tennessee Department of Health, told the Roane County Commission’s Environmental Review Board Thursday evening.

    The recreation areas include the Swan Pond Sports Complex, where children used to play soccer. Roane County leases the land that the complex sits on from TVA.