Today's News

  • Jobless rate takes turn for the better in Roane, 81 other Tenn. counties

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell in March by 0.5 percent.

    The county’s unemployment rate at 4.0 percent was confirmed late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.9 percent lower that a year ago, when Roane County recorded a jobless rate of 4.9 percent.

    Eighty-two of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced lower unemployment rates when compared to February.

  • Alice’s to be MeMe’s

    The era of Alice’s Restaurant in Rockwood is coming to an end.

    Alice Langley moved her tiny Westel eatery to Gateway Avenue in 2014. After a move across the street a year later, she’s offered customers home-cooked meals, dessert, coffee and her signature fried pies.

    In a letter to customers, Langley said she closed Alice’s on April 21 for the last time.

    “Unfortunately, this past year has brought me lots of health issues with myself and my husband and the passing of my last sister,” Langley explained.

  • Seminar teaches methods to reverse diabetes

    Roane County has a type 2 diabetes rate of 13 percent, according to County Health Rankings provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Identifying and connecting with people at high risk of type 2 diabetes is critical to preventing it. And those who already have diabetes, can improve their health and may even be able to reverse type 2 diabetes with a seminar starting Monday.

  • Riversharks taking a bow (wow!)to help Fort Paws

    Outdoor Kingston will be hosting a concert this month featuring The Riversharks with the opening act by Joey Pierce.

    The concert to benefit the Fort Paws Dog Park project will begin at 6 p.m. May 19 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre.

    Tickets are on sale at area businesses, including Bet’s Pets, Dogs Inn, Enrichment Federal Credit Union of Kingston and Midtown, Everly Blu, Griffin and Davis Law Firm, Rocky Top Markets, SailAway Realty, and Zoomerz Markets.

    Tickets for the concert are $15 each.

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  • City looks to slow down park speeders

    A new safety feature may soon find its way to Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “We have got to get some speed bumps at Riverfront,” Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson said.

    “They are flying through there.”

    Johnson believes some vehicles reach speeds of 30-40 mph on the small road that meanders through the park past the playground and picnic areas.

    He asked police to run radar in the park on occasion.

  • School group revisiting ‘balanced calendar’

    Discussions on what is referred to as a “balanced calendar” have continued in the Roane County school system.

    The topic was brought up during an Educational Committee meeting last month, according to notes filed from the meeting.

    “The committee got back together to look at a balanced calendar option for 2020-2021 school year,” the notes said.

    A “balanced calendar” includes longer fall and spring breaks.

  • Rockwood man tells police wife drove over his foot

    A Rockwood man told police his wife drove over his foot when he went to confront her about being on a suspicious cell phone.

    Officer Kendall Mitchell responded to the incident. According to the report, he was dispatched to 415 S. Chamberlain Ave., on April 30 around 8 p.m. to investigate a call about a man having trouble with his wife.

    Mitchell said he spoke with Scott Staggs when he arrived.