Local News

  • ’Round Rockwood: Nov. 26

    By Josephine McKinney
    A nice young man, T.J. Thomas of Harriman, is going to be working here at Victorian Square for a while as a resident assistant. After a little visit he said he needed to get back to work.
    Visiting Josephine McKinney from Crossville was my daughter Nina Swafford. She came to tell me her daughter, Carrie Dobbs, is doing OK  after having flu-like symptoms for over a week, and is back teaching second grade at Stone Elementary.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 26

    By Louise Warmley
    Kristi and Malachi Jamieson and their three children from Nashville came home to spend Thanksgiving with Kristi’s mother, Julia Harris and sister, Alicia. While here they visited with their Aunt Virginia, Angie, Uncle Curtis Anderson and Louise Warmley.
    The Jamiesons said Thanksgiving was great. Just being at home with their mother made everything complete. They gave God all the praise.

  • Jobless benefits to cease for some

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is advising an estimated 39,000 unemployment claimants receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that their benefits will cease the first week of January.
    Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).
    The federal program was to expire at the end of 2011, but the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the ex-

  • TVA stimulates $5.9 billion in service area

    Tennessee Valley Authority economic development programs — including technical services, research and financial assistance — helped stimulate $5.9 billion in business investments in the TVA service area in fiscal year 2012.
    John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said TVA’s efforts also helped attract or retain 48,000 jobs, bringing TVA’s economic development contributions to more than 300,000 new or retained jobs and $32 billion
    in business investment since 2005.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Tired of turkey and trimmings? Head out to Venice

    After gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing, vegetables, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to write an “Out to Lunch” article about something with an entirely different taste.
    I have previously arranged our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee meetings to coincide with my “Out To Lunch” adventures. This is no exception.
    When former classmate Jan Harlan suggested Venice Pizza & Grill for meeting, I was ready for an Italian/Mediterranean taste.

  • TVA credit union going to Midtown
  • Wrong year for Morgan change

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan made a mistake when he changed the 2011 appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Former property assessor Teresa Kirkham said it’s an example of his inability to do the job.
    According to county records, the building was appraised at a little more than $2 million for the 2011 tax year.
    Kirkham lowered it to approximately $1.5 million for the 2012 tax year.

  • Accusations traded over property

    One of Teresa Kirkham’s Facebook friends may investigate if any wrongdoing occurred when she lowered an appraisal for Dr. Clary P. Foote.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has requested that Robert Lee, the general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, “initiate a review or single parcel audit” on the appraisal of the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Lee and Kirkham are friends on the Facebook social network.
    Foote purchased the building from First States Investors 4200 LLC in January for $280,500.

  • Deputy’s efforts help motorist in sinking car

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith helped a man escape an “almost” submerged vehicle Sunday morning.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Kingston and county officers responded to a 911 call about a man driving his car into the lake.
    While checking the old lake access at the end of Ferguson Lane, Smith observed a car about 60 feet out in the water.

  • Kingston wants refund from Tennessee

    The city of Kingston will ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation for a refund, or so city council members decided at a recent council session.
    Trouble is, no one knows how such a request will go over; the state doesn’t have a refund aisle, or a customer service desk, nor even a complaint department.