Today's News

  • Blood drive at hospital

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Roane Medical Center at 8045 Roane Medical Center Drive, Harriman.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification. Call 524-3074 for details.


    Tears of joy flowed Friday morning at Autumn Acres Corn Maze near Crossville, as United States Air Force Staff Sgts. Thomas and Kim McCallister returned from a 7-month deployment in Southwest Asia.

    The McCallisters arrived at Knoxville’s McGee Tyson Airport at approximately 9:30 a.m. from their deployment and drove straight to Autumn Acres to surprise their two children, 6-year-old Kalin and 2-year-old Kamdyn. Kalin and Kamdyn were on a school field trip.

  • City drums up tax support

    Harriman officials continue to promote the sales tax referendum as early voting continues this week.

    In addition to mailing out information explaining the benefits of a sales tax increase, the city also has a website, /www.helpbuild

    harriman.com/, dedicated to explaining how much revenue it would generate and how it would go to infrastructure needs only.

    If approved, Harriman would go from collecting sales tax of 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent.

  • Kingston City Council hopefuls look to grow business, housing

    Kingston needs more businesses, more housing, more long-range planning and more people coming to meetings, according to candidates for City Council presenting their qualifications and ideas at the Community Center Thursday.

    The forum, sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party, drew a small crowd of perhaps two dozen citizens who listened to five minute pitches from each candidate before being allowed to ask questions.

    Incumbent Councilman Tony Brown described himself as the most outspoken member of the council, especially on fiscal policy.

  • Plateau Partnership Park’s got the power

    A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Aug. 4 to welcome a solar farm to Plateau Partnership Park.

    Two months later, the site is already generating power.

    “TVA just interconnected the site last Tuesday (Oct. 11), so it’s officially put into service,” Vis Solis Inc. President and CEO Carlos Mayer said.

    The 1 megawatt site features 3,276 solar panels. Mayer said setting those up was the easy part of the project.

  • Ex-pizza joint manager pleads guilty to theft

    James Douglas Jensen, a former manager of the Little Caesars Pizza in Kingston, pleaded guilty to theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said that between May 2012 and August 2012, Jensen instructed his employees at Little Caesars to withdraw money from the cash register so he could get change.

    “But Mr. Jensen did not get change and did not return that money,” Edwards said.

    “The net result is he took that money without the owner’s consent.”

  • TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 up and running

    The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three weeks.

  • What’s in a tale? Rose knows

    In telling stories, Elizabeth Rose has blended her two greatest passions.

    The long-time educator – the last nine as Cherokee Middle School principal – began telling stories at a young age. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, but storytelling also called her, as well.

    She says as a seventh grader, she was introduced to the dwindling art form by her school librarian at Etowah City Schools.

  • State House candidate, friend sued

    A lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court for Roane County this week against 32nd District State House candidate Tyler Overstreet and his friend Wende Jones seeks up to $200,000 in compensatory damages related to an incident that occurred July 13.

    Overstreet’s attorney, Tom McFarland, claims the suit is politically motivated.