Local News

  • Looseleaf Laureate: A swing, a swing, a wonderful thing

    My stay at the beach is set for later in the summer.
    The midsummer week off with my boyfriend, Derek, hasn’t happened yet, either.
    Nor have I gone on my highly anticipated, first-ever motorcycle run on the Cherohala Skyway (although that may have changed by the time you read this).
    So why can’t I imagine being happier with summertime than I am right now?

  • Important Temperance fixes made

    Improvements to preserve the historic Temperance Building in downtown Harriman are happening; it’s just not the kind of work that can be seen from the street.

    Structural improvements include bracing sagging floors from the basement.

    “It was a lot of work to get it to here,” said Bill Milburn, project manager.

  • Arthur goes Opry



    Oliver Spring’s Janelle Arthur debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last week. The singer finished in the top five on the latest season of American Idol, the televised singing competition on Fox.

  • REU readies for new offices

    Rockwood Electric Utility is moving forward with plans for a new building for its offices.

    The board approved a contract with architects McCarty Holsaple McCarty for the site development of 33 acres the utility purchased a few years ago with the intent of building a new facility.

    The property is off of Tedder Street in Rockwood, adjacent to the substation.

    Manager Kendell Bear said the utility’s main building, built in 1949, is old and employees are scattered among three buildings.

  • Fundraiser for Princess features Tams

    Live music continues at Harriman’s Princess Theatre this summer.

    The Tams and C. Vaughn Leslie & Boys’ Night Out will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

    The Tams originated in Atlanta in 1962 and are known for their jaunty hats which inspired their name.

    Among their better known tunes  are “What Kind of Fool” and “Untie Me.”
    More information about the band can be found on their website, www.thetams.com.


    Several hundred people crammed into two courtrooms and still spilled out into the hall to attend a public hearing Monday on a proposed 14-cent Roane County property tax rate increase.
    School officials have said the money is needed to make up for cuts in state funding.

    The debate was spirited as both sides  stepped up to the microphone.
    “I’ve got two kids in the school system,” Steve Hedrick said. “I hate to say this probably as much as anybody, but I ask that you hold this tax rate steady.”

  • Rumors fly on school cuts

    Without additional funding from the county, the Roane County Board of Education will have to decide what cuts to make to its program.
    And while rumors on school closing and program elimination have been flying, nothing has been decided at this point, according to Board Member Wade McCullough.

  • Harriman shows off for prospects

    Sunshine and the excitement and pride of Harriman residents painted a tapestry of what the city of Harriman is, was and could be.
    Mariann D’Alessandro moved here several years ago. She remembers buying her shoes from the old Edwards Shoe Store and the beautiful nights walking her dogs around downtown.
    “I think now nobody realizes how nice it was. It made an impact on me,” she said.
    “Honest to God, I love this town.”

  • Rockwood man killed in truck accident

    A Rockwood passenger was killed in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning on U.S. Hwy. 27 in North Harriman.
    David A. Perkins, 70, was died while riding in a pickup driven by James D. Perkins, 32, also of Rockwood, who was injured.
    The pickup struck a truck with an empty box trailer, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports.
    Both vehicles were northbound on Hwy. 27 in the right lane. The truck and trailer attempted to turn right and the pickup failed to yield, THP reports said.


    A story that appeared in the June 7 edition about the property tax abatement Volkswagen received contained incorrect information. The car company got a 10-year property tax abatement as part of its deal to build a distribution center in Roane County. Volkswagen will not pay any property taxes during that period, including the portion that would go to schools. The county is considering not offering similar deals to future industries.