Today's News

  • Knights of Columbus helps Michael Dunn

    Knights of Columbus Council 8273 of Harriman likes to help the community, and Monday morning they did so by donating $2,000 to Michael Dunn Center in Kingston.

    “We’re very pleased,” Michael Dunn Center President/CEO Mike McElhanney said after receiving the donation. “This is just the latest in a long series of donations the Knights have given us over the years.

    “We’re going to apply it toward gasoline and food expenses in our various homes.”

  • Off-road leads to business at Windrock Park

    Four-wheelin’ fun and more. That’s what a trip to Windrock Park near Oliver Springs has to offer.

    “We’re the largest privately-owned off-road park in the country,” Coal Creek Co. Marketing Manager Samantha Collins said. “We have 72,000 acres of land, and a little over 300 miles of trails.”

    The massive trail system offers challenges for all skill levels. The trails are open to ATVs, side-by-sides, Jeeps, buggies, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and even walkers.

  • Tomboy a National Best Brand

    Tomboy Organic Skincare Co., the firm founded and operated by Melissa Kreis-Stephens of Roane State Community College, is the recipient of the American Choice Awards’ National Best Brand Award for Organic Salves and Skin Care.

    More than 1,500 brands are judged by American consumers across 190 categories.

    “We are pleased to welcome Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. into our family of National Brand Winners,” said Jen Johansen, American Choice Awards’ senior vice president of polling and research.

  • What's the SCORE?: Are you managing the work — or is it managing you?

    By Dana Peterka • For Roane County News

    When I hear someone say “I don’t have time for that” before they even understand what the value of “that” is, I feel sorry for them.

    How do they know that “that” isn’t a better use of their time?

    I ask myself whether they recognize that they have let others set their business and life priorities.

  • County budget director fired

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody fired county budget director Kaley Walker on Monday.

    He declined to provide an explanation when asked why.

    “I don’t comment on personnel issues,” he said.

    A two-sentence letter he wrote to Walker on Monday didn’t provide an explanation, either.

    “This letter is to inform you that your services are no longer needed by Roane County Government effective Aug. 29, 2016,” the letter said. “You will receive pay through today and a two week severance payment.”

  • Nostalgia on tap at Commission session

    For years, Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry thought it would be neat to hold a meeting in the old courthouse.

    He’ll get the chance to see that come to fruition this month.

    The Commission has scheduled its Sept. 12 regular meeting at the old courthouse.

    “I think it could be a super fun day,” he said. “A very historic day for us.”

    Commissioners meet in regular session each month of the year.

  • Hooray for HARRIMAN

    Celebrating Harriman and its rich history is a family affair for Rebecca Schwepfinger, her mother Betsy Schwepfinger and late maternal grandmother Alberta Ross.

    Alberta Ross and Betsy Schwepfinger were part of the team who helped organize the city’s 100th anniversary activities, and now Rebecca Schwepfinger, the city’s special events and public relations coordinator, is kicking off 125th anniversary activities at this year’s Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival.

    “I wish Nana could have seen it,” said Rebecca Schwepfinger.

  • Alleged Facebook stalking, harassment heads to grand jury

    The criminal cases against a 63-year-old Rockwood woman were bound over to the Roane County grand jury last month.

    Emma Jo Chambers was arrested twice in April. The first time she was charged with misdemeanor stalking and the second arrest was for harassment.

    Both cases involve the same alleged victim, Brian Phillips.

    He accused Chambers of driving by his residence and job, and making disparaging comments about him on Facebook.

  • Troopers stepping up patrols for Labor Day; checkpoint planned in Roane

    Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force this Labor Day weekend to ensure the safety of travelers on the state's roadways.

    The holiday enforcement period will begin on Friday, Sept. 2, and conclude on Monday, Sept. 5. A driver's license checkpoint is planned in Roane County on Sept. 5 on Hwy. 61 at mile marker 9.

    “Troopers will be out in force working tirelessly across the state to ensure the summer period comes to a safe close,” said Col. Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.