Local News

  • Firms commit to rural broadband

    In today’s fast-paced society, high-speed Internet access is almost a must.

    For years, however, many areas South of the River have been on the outside looking in when it comes to high-speed access. But that could soon change.

    “I’ve been talking with AT&T and Charter for the last two years about expanding that service in that area, and now construction has started,” state Rep. Kent Calfee said Monday morning. “This is a great thing for that part of Roane County.”

  • Court tells Houston prosecutor to respond

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings has more work to do in the Rocky Houston case.

    The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sent him a letter last week directing him to file a response to a request for a new hearing in the case.

    Houston is serving a nine-year sentence in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. Jennings prosecuted the case for the government.

    A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the conviction on appeal, but Houston now wants the case heard by all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

  • Holy Week Helping Hand: Rockwood churches feed body and soul

    Churches in the Rockwood area are working together this week for a great cause.

    Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is hosting a daily luncheon, with all the money raised going to Rockwood Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry.

    “This is Christians coming together for a great cause,” First Christian Church Pastor Kara Foster said. “We’ll eat, fellowship and have a brief worship. We have all different kinds of churches here.”

  • Farmer to be sentenced on firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer faces seven to nine years in federal prison for illegally possessing firearms.

    Family members and friends are asking U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier to take Farmer’s drug addiction into account at sentencing, which is scheduled for today – Wednesday – at the federal courthouse in Chattanooga.

  • Kingston honors Schultz
  • Kudos for work on codes

    Harriman’s part-time building inspector was recently recognized for his work.

    Adam Price has been named Code Official of the Year by the East Tennessee Building Officials Association.

    “The award is voted on by more than 100 building and codes professionals in East Tennessee,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Helms said Price was recognized because of his work at his full-time position at Farragut.

  • Differences in Islam, ISIS to be topic of lectures

    Scholar Rihab Sawah from St. Louis Community College will speak about differences between Islam and the Islamic State on March 31 at Roane State Community College’s Roane and Oak Ridge campuses.

    The Roane County lecture will be at 11:30 a.m. in room 101 in the O’Brien Humanities Building on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood at 276 Patton Lane.

    The Oak Ridge lecture will be at 3 p.m. in the City Room at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • Man accused of taking nephew he says took items from his home


    A Roane County man is accused of falsely imprisoning and assaulting his nephew because he said the nephew stole items from him. 

  • Riley Creek honored


    Riley Creek Campground, in the Angler’s Cove community of Roane County, has been awarded the Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Stewardship Award.