Local News

  • $50 buys a place in history at old courthouse fundraiser

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will hold its seventh gala in honor of the Historic Roane County Courthouse Saturday, Oct. 2.
    A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building, with the program at 8 p.m. on the lawn.
    The honored guest for this year’s gala will be Frank V. Williams III, chancellor of Roane County, who is being recognized for his pivotal role in the preservation of the historic Roane County Courthouse.  

  • 'From Halloween to Christmas, it's all about sweets'

    By Katie Hogan

    Dolly Parton once sang of a day working 9 to 5.

    For Harriman’s Pattycake Pastries, the day begins much earlier.

    At 6:30, in the pitch blackness of an overcast Wednesday morning, store owner Mike Borman has already been whipping up the day’s blissfully sweet indulgences for two and a half hours.

    The strong smell of rum fills the room as Kevin Pyles mixes the batter in an industrial-sized mixer from 1925.

  • Developers ask court to reject city's Pinnacle complaint

    A company that once partnered with Harriman officials on a Midtown development is now filing a motion to dismiss the city’s counter-complaint in an ongoing battle over a lofty wedge of cash.

    What started out in the thousands quickly escalated to an argument over millions between city officials and developers of the Pinnacle Point shopping center, anchored by Lowe’s.

  • Roane's race for the House

    Julia Hurley is running against Dennis Ferguson for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    However, the Republican had more to say about national politicians and legislation coming out of Washington, D.C., than she did about Ferguson during her opening comments at a forum last week.   

    “The Obamas, Nancy Pelosis, Harry Reids and liberals across the state of Tennessee have had enough time with their hands in our back pockets, and it’s time for them to go,” she said.    

  • Who caused Rockwood's utility mess?

    Robert Duane Pawley may not know who is to blame for the financial crisis facing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    He’s very clear, however, on who is not.

    “I do not see a valid reason why the consumer should have to pay the ticket for bad management, other than the fact that somebody’s got to pay,” the Chamberlain Avenue resident said. “To put the full burden on the citizens, I think, is improper and inappropriate.”

  • County budget committee gets back to work

    The budget committee had a lengthy discussion about Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Monday.   

    New County Executive Ron Woody said the budget was put together by the budget committee that existed before he took office on Sept. 1.  

    Two members of the current budget committee, commissioners Bobby Collier and Ron Berry, also served on the previous one.  

  • EPA sets details for Knoxville hearing on ash

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.

  • Stop sign confusion reigns in Rockwood

    It’s been a stop-and-go kind of summer for Rockwood’s Strang Street and Kingston Avenue intersection.

    Stop signs were removed from Kingston Avenue earlier this year to make the crossing a two-way stop on Strang Street and help the flow of traffic.

    The measure was short-lived: Rockwood City Council voted Monday to replace those Kingston Avenue signs and restore the intersection to its former four-way-stop status.

  • Pray to stay: B&B opens in Oliver Springs church

    A beautiful house of worship is getting new life as a different sort of home in Oliver Springs.

    The Windmill Inn, a large bed-and-breakfast, is in what was once the Beech Park Baptist Church.

    A windmill now adorns the front of the building, and plans to remove the church steeple and replace it with a windmill are in the works.

    Inside, the sanctuary has been converted into a large living room and large wood shutters can be shut to block the brilliant rays of light streaming through the stained glass windows.

  • Rockwood moves to disband water board

    Rockwood officials have been pushed into emergency mode following a warning that three city-operated utilities might be in violation state law for mingling operating funds.

    That’s why four city leaders decided Monday to take steps toward eliminating the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board — the governing body that oversees operations of the three utilities.