Local News

  • Roane may have local state rep choice

    Kent Calfee, a former Roane County commissioner, is seeking the Republican nomination for the 32nd District House of Representatives seat.
    He addressed commissioners at their monthly meeting on Monday.
    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” Calfee said. “If you have some bills that need to be carried down there, I will certainly do that.”  
    Calfee said he served on the commission from 1986-2006.

  • Harriman OKs dorm-style living

    Allowing boarding houses in Harriman C2 zoning may have been halted last month, but the issue came up again this month, and was approved. Councilman J.D. Sampson was the lone vote against second and first reading this month.
    The issue, which seemed dead in January, went back before the Harriman Planning Commission and was approved to be returned to the Harriman City Council this month.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Decisions, decisions ... choices are too many

    “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
    That’s a Paul Newman quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke. It is tangentially relevant to my column today  about my expanded movie-watching capabilities.
    When I decided to stream Netflix to my TV, it did seem like a good idea at the time.
    There are whole summers where my television is never turned on, but in the bleakness of winter, I actually enjoy curling up on the sofa to watch a few shows.
    And for less than $10 a month, the Netflix streaming option seemed like a good deal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: History doesn’t back up deficit/debt claims

    You have heard, gentle reader, voice after voice from the all segments of the right, whether regular Republican, TEA Party, Evangelical radical right wingers, or establishment country club type conservatives, all singing the same song of impending national disaster if something isn’t done immediately, if not sooner, to get rid of the national debt and budget deficit of this great country.

  • Post-proposal: How to merge your finances

    Valentine’s Day is the biggest day of the year for proposals, and while all engaged couples dream of marital bliss, money is often the number one topic of conflict in marriage and a leading cause for divorce.

    The nonprofit agency CredAbility recommends that as couples mull over which china to select, where to honeymoon or even where to live, they also talk about their current financial situation, future financial goals, and attitudes toward spending and saving.

  • Harriman man’s custom car goes from movie to museum

    A Harriman man’s 1953 Cadillac convertible used in The Last Ride, the movie about the final trip of famed country singer Hank Williams Sr., may recently have seen its own last ride.

    The vehicle has gone to a museum in Gatlinburg that showcases famous cars.

    The pale blue Cadillac, which looks identical to the late singer’s prized vehicle, was customized by Rex Walls. It is now at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

    It shares company with  vehicles used in movies such as Batman, Back to the Future and the television show The Munsters.

  • Soccer scam warning by FBI

    Scammers have been trying to take advantage of people interested in an alleged new soccer club, according to the Knoxville office of the FBI.

    The scam is designed to persuade consumers to divulge personal information such as credit card account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name and more, by falsely claiming to enroll students in the Robert English Soccer Academy, the FBI said in a news release. The email contains links that redirect victims to a fraudulent website that allows the scammer to steal the personal information from the victim.  

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  • Rockwood finances appear shaky

    Rockwood officials are dealing with financial uncertainty over the latest balance sheet.
    The financial statement received on Jan. 18 showed a general fund balance of only $94,941.55 and an unreserved fund balance was in the negative by $1.6 million.
    It also showed that the city had spent more than $800,000 than revenue taken in.
    Mayor James Watts said the negative reserve fund balance isn’t the actual figure.