Local News

  • Harriman Christmas parade set to music

    This year’s Harriman Christmas parade promises to get people into the season of cheer, and organizers hope some changes will help capture that spirit even more so.

    Each float in the Dec. 1 parade must have a Christmas song theme.

    “I want this to be a parade people enjoy coming to and something special,” said Harriman Special Events and Public Relations Coordinator Rebecca Schwepfinger. “I think that is why people come to a Christmas parade is to get in that holiday spirit.”

  • Record-setting election heads for the records

    The Roane County Election Commission is planning to meet Monday, Nov. 28, to certify the results of last week’s election.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he doesn’t expect any of the losing candidates to contest the results.

    “We didn’t have any races that were real close,” he said.

    In the Kingston City Council race, Norman Sugarman finished 182 votes behind third-place finisher Stephanie Wright, according to unofficial returns. The top three vote-getters earned the council seats.


    Gov. Bill Haslam has declared a regional ban on burning in Roane and 50 other Tennessee counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout East and Middle Tennessee.

    Residents in Roane and other counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning.

    The ban includes campfires and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris.

    The ban will remain in effect until Dec. 15.

  • Breathe easier by staying indoors

    As smoke from several wildfires moves across the state, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents there is an increased risk for a range of health effects, particularly for those with existing respiratory problems, pregnant women, the elderly and young children.

    “Area hospitals are already seeing people affected by the smoke, so we urge residents to stay indoors when and where possible, and to do all they can to reduce their exposure to smoke,” said Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane ready to help kids in need

    Earlier this week, I described the most recent meeting of the Leadership Roane County Class of 2017.

    The class was focused on social services. I described the organizations and programs that help out seniors in need.

    In addition to the elderly, another important group that often requires assistance are the children of Roane County and families in general.

    The needs of our youngest and most vulnerable can fall through the cracks when parents are not providing the support and guidance their children require.

  • Burglary investigation turns up garage items from Oakdale

    Some of the items recovered during a recent Roane County Sheriff’s Office burglary investigation belonged to the town of Oakdale.

    “A lot of their stuff is here,” Detective John Mayes said. “A whole bunch. We’re looking forward to giving them their stuff back.”

    The items were in one of two cargo trailers the sheriff’s office recovered during the burglary investigation.

    Mayes said the property that belonged to Oakdale was stolen from the town garage.

  • Woman charged with filing false report

    A Kingston woman is charged with filing a false report for allegedly lying about being assaulted by her husband.

    According to the warrant, Rochelle Renee Turpin reported that her husband, Ted Gower, assaulted her on June 5. The allegations resulted in Gower being charged with domestic assault.

  • Eve would do her 100 years ‘all over again’

    Alpha Farr Hembree Eve has led a rich, full life — and looking back, she says she has no regrets.

    “I couldn’t do it any better. and I would do it again.”

    She recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the Rockwood Event Center, surrounded by her family and friends.

    Many proclamations, awards and salutations commemorated the milestone, which was hosted by her three children: G. Wayne Hembree, Wanda Hembree Manning and Loren Hembree.

  • Once in a SUPER moon