Today's News

  • 'It's a big job': TVA scrubber operation stalled for gypsum pond liner installation

    In an effort to comply with a state order, work is under way to install a new synthetic liner in the gypsum pond at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “It’s a big deal,” said John Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products, projects and engineering.

    “We’re estimating it’s going to take us about the middle of September to do all this work.”

  • Harmon’s years of county service to be applauded

    James “Dub” Harmon has been off the Roane County Commission for almost seven-and-a-half months.

    He hasn’t been forgotten, however.

    The current commission passed a resolution honoring Harmon for his 22 years of service at Monday’s regular meeting.

    “Unless someone has ever served as an elected official you can never realize what all goes into serving,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said by email. “It’s not just showing up at meetings once a month, and Dub did this for 22 years.”

  • McGriff asks Tea Party to think of children first

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff was the guest speaker at last week’s Roane County Tea Party meeting in Kingston.

    “I’m not a politician,” she said. “I would never make it as a politician.”

    She has made it as the director of schools for going on six years now.

    A recent contract extension will keep her in the position for another year.

    McGriff gave the Tea Party an overview of the school system.

  • Apply for academy by April 18

    Harriman Police Department will have its third Citizens Academy beginning May 10.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said he wants interested applicants to apply by April 18 so that background checks can be completed.

    The free eight-week class will meet at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at the Harriman Police Department.

    It includes information on police procedures, handgun handling and K-9 handling.

    The academy will culminate in a ride-along with a police officer at the final class.

  • HUB board makes the right call on new warehouse

    We were pleased to see Chairman Gary Goff and other members of the Harriman Utility Board shoot down plans for a fancy-shmancy $17 million warehouse.
    Even if, as proposed, the utility could have received grants to pay for most of what some were calling the “Taj Mahal” warehouse, that’s  still ratepayers’ hard-earned money that could go for much more needed items in this tough economy.

  • Impressions: A lot of sunshine, a little nap ... oh, what joy!

    Oh, what joy!
    A  long, lingering recession and a long, hard winter finally seem to be behind us.
    At least that’s how I felt Thursday morning when I stood at the front door of the Goody’s store grand reopening in Rockwood.
    The sunshine was harsh, but smiles were prevalent.
    I chatted with about three dozen eager customers lined up to catch the early-bird specials at the store.
    One lady mentioned she was in town from Memphis and looking forward to some excellent purchases.

  • Harriman Middle debuts new gym
  • Missed chances haunt Tigers

    Stranded base-runners spelled the demise of the Rockwood Tigers Friday evening as they left 13 base-runners stranded and lost 4-3 to the Hiram Hornets on a two-run walk-off single by Hunter Smallwood with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

  • Lady Devils pick up win, tie in weekend action

    Travis Langley’s Harriman Lady Blue Devils picked up a win and a tie over the weekend at the 2011 Suzie Wilkie Invitational in Coalfield.

  • Oliver Springs takes on bigger schools in weekend tourney

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats played four games in two days over the weekend at the 2011 Suzie Wilkie Invitational and things didn’t go as well as the Lady ‘Cats wanted as Matt Headden’s squad went 1-3 against mostly bigger schools.