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Today's News

  • Renaissance Festival preview coming

    Next month, a royal couple will hold court for the first time in Harriman. Royal subjects are welcome to join in the revelry. 

    Henry VIII will be alive and well at the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival and his royal family will be joining him for his majesty’s family fun and games.

    It’s all part of the renaissance festival preview weekend Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Ren faire brings Henry VIII, family back to life in Harriman

    When “Henry VIII” ― or “Henry Tudor” ― visits Harriman next month at the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival, visitors will be stepping back in time to 1543.

    King Henry and his last wife, Catherine Parr, will be celebrating their marriage by attending the market day with Henry’s children from his previous marriage.

  • Lawnville Road stretch closed

    A portion of Lawnville Road will be closed and traffic rerouted next week as Roane County Road Department workers replace a bridge.

    The damaged appears to have been from a tractor trailer.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said the damage probably happened when traffic was diverted off the interstate, but he’s not certain when.

    “We’ll have them a nice, new bridge that will be wider also,” Ferguson said.

  • MAINTAINING THE MUSIC

    The sensual refrains of a saxophone can often be heard at Roane State Community College.

    When Roland Ledesma takes a break from his custodial work, he often plays.

    Many times he’s practicing music he will later play alongside the Roane State Jazz Band.

    “I have been with them a long time. I started working here about seven years ago. I heard they had a jazz band,” said Ledesma.

    He started taking a class for fun.

  • No one hurt in school bus mishap

     

    A Roane County school bus got stuck on Salem Valley Road earlier this month. 

    “It just looked like the driver got over too far,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. 

    Phillips and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton were on patrol South of the River when they came upon the school bus. 

  • Kingston goes quiet on noise

    Kingston City Council members agreed not to sound off on noise for at least another month at their Sept. 9 regular council session.

    Council heard from residents of the neighborhood off West Race Street this summer, a neighborhood that had been plagued by a noise problem back in 2012, owing to a pair of area restaurant-bars that had been featuring live patio music several nights per week throughout the warmer months.

  • Pemberton dismisses first lawsuit

    Is 3 minutes and 11 seconds enough time for a fast-food restaurant to remedy a slip hazard?

    New Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton doesn’t think so.

    In his order dismissing a slip-and-fall lawsuit against Hardee’s, Pemberton said the timeframe wasn’t long enough for the restaurant to discover the hazard.

    “Negligence is not to be presumed from the mere happening of an accident,” Pemberton said in the order.

  • Electric prices go up, based on TVA increases to utilities

     

    Both Rockwood Electric and Harriman Utility boards passed on TVA increases recently.

    The increases go in effect Oct. 1. 

    The TVA Board of Directors approved a 1.5 percent retail electric rate. The increase is estimated to cost an a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month about $1.70 a month. 

  • Alliance Gala back in Roane

    The biggest fundraiser for economic development in Roane County will be held where it belongs.

    The Roane Alliance Gala will be at the expansive Volkswagen distribution center, which opened its doors in East Roane County in 2013.

    It will be hosted by Volkswagen Group of America on Saturday, Nov. 8.

  • Board of Ed makes cuts, eyes reserves

    The Roane County Board of Education made $1.017 million in budget cuts during a special-called meeting Monday.

    The cuts were necessary after the Roane County Commission voted down the board’s request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate last week.

    “That’s their job,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said of the commission, the funding body for the school system. “We just have to live with it.”