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Today's News

  • Supreme Court rejects Rocky Houston appeal

    Rocky Joe Houston’s grievance with his federal firearms conviction won’t be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    America’s court of last resort denied his petition on Monday.

    The petition sought review of a lower-court decision that said it was OK for agents investigating Houston to install a camera on a public utility pole without getting a warrant.

    The camera had zoom and pan capabilities and it allowed agents to conduct surveillance of Houston on his South of the River farm.

  • Rockwood’s SWEET Christmas
  • Roane fishing to rid lake of weed

    Fish could be used to try and combat the aquatic weeds that have inundated Watts Bar Lake.

    “It’s a grass carp that eats the weed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Apparently, they’ve been successful in some of the lower reservoirs down in Alabama. There may be a movement here to solve some of the aquatic weed problem with sterile grass carp.”

    Aquatic plants, such as hydrilla, spiny-leaf naiad and milfoil, have been reported on Watts Bar Lake.

  • Harriman man aims to feed downtrodden

    There will be plenty of room for the downtrodden and lonely at a special Christmas dinner at the Harriman Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    Blake Kirkland, who is plugging along at opening The Open Door kitchen for the hungry at the former The Spot in downtown Harriman, is offering the meal with the help of other volunteers.

    “I am going to be serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. So anyone wanting to cook and help it would be great,” said Kirkland.

  • Public gives Pirate Fest thumbs up

    The organizers of the Tennessee Medieval Festival saw some positive signs in their fall production, the 2016 Pirate Fest.

    “Our goal was to create an October festival that people would like and would help fund and promote our May festival,” said co-founder Barrie Paulson.

    “Last year, we tried a Halloween event. It was an evening family-oriented event, but it was difficult for us,” she continued. “It was expensive to try and light the great outdoors, and we had low attendance.”

  • Not all view the holidays as a joyful time

    The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but for people with depression, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can destabilize and sometimes debilitate.

    Stress-related events, such as the holidays, may trigger half of all depressive episodes. The good news is that knowing how to avoid common triggers can prevent an episode from occurring.

    “A relapse-prevention plan is key,” said Dr. John Langlow, medical director of New Directions Behavioral Health. “You can do a lot to lower the risk of relapse if you plan ahead.”

  • Moffitt on track to be first Recovery Court grad

    Billy Moffitt’s journey through the judicial system was nearly finished when he decided to take a longer but potentially more beneficial route through the Roane County Recovery Court.

    Moffitt struggled with marijuana use, which he said invaded his daily life.

    “I was obsessed with it, basically,” he admitted late last month.

    “I was on probation for a little over three years and never passed a single drug screening.”

    The drug started taking up Moffitt’s day.

  • New police chief tweaking operations

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico has unique law enforcement experience, and he has a fresh perspective on the Harriman Police Department.

    He’s taken a number of steps to look at ways to make the department better since taking the helm.

    “First of all, I have done and continue to do a full audit of the entire organization, fiscal, equipment, training and inventory of a very aging patrol car fleet,” Pacifico said. “In doing so, I have reorganized some personnel into more efficient and productive jobs suited to their capabilities.”

  • Yager: State’s future bright

    The 2016 Presidential election proved one thing.

    “The people spoke and it mattered,” said recently re-elected state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Deck the Halls and help city landmark

    Capture the beauty of the season at Harriman’s Deck the Halls event.

    The Dec. 7-11 silent auction will feature creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday items showcased in the old Harriman Post Office at 502 N. Roane St., in downtown Harriman.