Local News

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.


    Harriman businessman David Webb and his family are finishing a chapter of their lives at the end of this month.

    Rocky Top General Store will be closing its doors Oct. 31, after being in business at its Ruritan Road location since 1970.

    The store, which opened in 1959 as Webb’s Furniture in downtown Harriman, was later changed to a general store because the merchandise went beyond furniture into gifts and other items.

    “It is kind of mixed emotions. We want to retire, but we enjoy our work too. We felt it was time,” said David Webb.

  • Reunion brings together former Secret City workers

    A few hundred current and former workers at the government nuclear facilities in Oak Ridge showed up at Kingston City Park Friday for a Secret City Family Reunion.

    James Elmore, nursing director of Quality Private Duty Care in Knoxville, sponsor of the event, said his company was inspired to hold the reunion after hearing stories from many patients describing their years of service as part of the government projects at Oak Ridge.

    “These people have great stories to tell about what they’ve seen and done,” he said.

  • Chills in the air and the stories at Hauntings event

    Chilly weather didn’t put a damper on this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman, which was held over the weekend.

    There was a chill in the air Friday and Saturday night, but the tour-goers didn’t need umbrellas.

    “The weather has cooperated this year – no rain,” said Tom Coleman, chairman of the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization.

    During the annual event, people take a walking tour around the Cornstalk Heights neighborhood and listen to haunting tales.

  • Blood drive at hospital

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Roane Medical Center at 8045 Roane Medical Center Drive, Harriman.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification. Call 524-3074 for details.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Strong voter turnout bodes well

    For a lot of reasons 2016 is going to be an election that will go down in the record books.

    We might see the first female elected president. We might see a candidate who’s never run for any political office elected president.

    I’m hoping one of the reasons this election year is remembered is that it sets a new record in terms of voter participation.

  • GLIMPSES: Historical perspectives on political parties

    By Mark Banker

    My recent assertion that the emergence of political parties undermined the electoral college undoubtedly affirmed deep misgivings shared by many readers.

    Americans in 2016 disagree about anything and everything – including the electoral college. But one current point of consensus is hostility against two widely unpopular candidates and the political parties that nominated them.

    Historical perspectives on the American two-party system both validate and raise questions about this present mindset.


    Tears of joy flowed Friday morning at Autumn Acres Corn Maze near Crossville, as United States Air Force Staff Sgts. Thomas and Kim McCallister returned from a 7-month deployment in Southwest Asia.

    The McCallisters arrived at Knoxville’s McGee Tyson Airport at approximately 9:30 a.m. from their deployment and drove straight to Autumn Acres to surprise their two children, 6-year-old Kalin and 2-year-old Kamdyn. Kalin and Kamdyn were on a school field trip.

  • City drums up tax support

    Harriman officials continue to promote the sales tax referendum as early voting continues this week.

    In addition to mailing out information explaining the benefits of a sales tax increase, the city also has a website, /www.helpbuild

    harriman.com/, dedicated to explaining how much revenue it would generate and how it would go to infrastructure needs only.

    If approved, Harriman would go from collecting sales tax of 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent.