Today's News

  • Holiday comes early at church

    Dozens of visitors enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, courtesy of Trinity Baptist Church in Harriman.

    “We wanted to connect with our community,” said Pastor Tim McMichael.

    “We, as a church, wanted to see our community,” he added. “... and let them know we love them.”

    McMichael was happy with the turnout for their first Thanksgiving offering.

    “We didn’t know what to expect,” he admitted. “These are precious people. It is really great to have them here.”

  • Who’s NOT open?

    A little over two decades ago, it was practically unheard of for restaurants to be open on Thanksgiving.

    Families traveled for miles to convene around tables laden with homemade dishes created through days of slavish kitchen preparations.

    Then, seemingly overnight, families shrunk, divorce split many holiday plans, and still others preferred not to forfeit hours to meals that were consumed in mere minutes.

    Restaurants have responded to these changes and, now, more restaurants seem to be open than aren’t on Thanksgiving.


    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary first-grade teachers Sue Wright, Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Lauren Ballentine: 1. Get the turkey. 2. Put pineapple on it. 3. Bake it. 4. Eat it.

  • Organ donors, prelit trees make ‘most thankful’ list

    Thanksgiving is one holiday that is actually instructive.

    While being thankful should come naturally every day, it is especially encouraged the fourth Thursday in November.

    We asked folks in the community what they are specifically thankful for this year, and received a variety of answers.

  • Buying at home helps out Roane

    Folks looking for Black Friday sales can go far and wide to find a bargain.

    Roane County’s Chamber of Commerce, however, wants people to know they can find a lot of those deals within the county lines.

    “There are so many things people can buy in Roane County that they don’t even think about,” Chamber Member Services Coordinator Lindsey Stevens said.

    “And it helps Roane County in so many ways. Fifty percent of all local sales tax goes directly to the schools.”

  • Harriman’s flakes stay up for winter

    Last year when Harriman officials decided to leave some of their holiday lights up long after the Christmas season, some may have thought the city employees were just lagging.

    Not so, according to Mayor Chris Mason, who said once again part of the lights, namely the snowflake ones, will remain through winter.

    “After Christmas the angels will come down, but the snowflakes will stay up,” he explained.

    “They are snowflakes, so they are winter lights.”

  • Big bash marking judge’s retirement

    A retirement party is scheduled at the Roane County Courthouse on Dec. 18 for 9th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    The party will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on the second floor in the criminal courtroom.

    Eblen’s bailiff, Don Gooch, said he expects a big turnout.

    The district is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    “He’s got a lot of friends,” Gooch said.

    Eblen took over as criminal court judge for the district on Sept. 1, 1978.

  • BACK IN CUSTODY: Escapee apprehended on New Hope Road

    Adam Phillips’ time on the lam lasted a little more than a week.

    The Roane County Jail inmate who walked off a work detail at the courthouse on Nov. 12 was apprehended Friday at a home on New Hope Road.

    “He complied with everything we asked him,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “He came to the front door and opened the front door and we took him into custody.”

    Adam Phillips, 35, arrived back at the Roane County Jail in a police cruiser just before noon.

  • $20,000 allotted to help assessor

    The Roane County Property Assessor’s Office won’t be without help when it tries to defend UT-Battelle’s appraisal to an administrative judge.

    Earlier this month, the Roane County Commission voted to spend $20,000 to allow the assessor’s office to hire outside help.

    “I don’t see that we have any choice in this issue,” Commissioner  Darryl Meadows said. “Regrettable.”

    UT-Battelle is the management contractor for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Little red caboose behind the — truck?

    You weren’t crazy if you thought you saw a caboose rolling down Kentucky Street in Kingston Thursday afternoon.

    It wasn’t on rails, but the railroad caboose formerly owned by Ray Milmann in Sugar Grove Valley made its way to a new home, Uncle Gus’s Mountain Pit Bar-B-Que in Ten Mile.

    “We bought it about three weeks ago at an estate sale,” said Roxanna Fuller, owner of Uncle Gus’s Mountain Pit Bar-B-Que.