Today's News

  • FIRES to fire

    Louis and Helen Tammaro left their Allison Drive Harriman home on Sunday morning for a drive up to the fire-ravaged area around Gatlinburg.

    “We thought we’d head up there and spend some money to help them recover from the fire,” said Helen Tammaro.

    Just a few hours later, they received a call from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office that they never expected.

    “The house was on fire,” she said.

  • Holiway decision helps make history

    Despite all the attention that came with it, Roane County’s Liz Holiway said she has no regrets serving as a member of the Electoral College.

    “I just thought it was awesome,” she said. “It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”

    Tennessee has 11 of the 538 electoral votes. Holiway and the state’s other 10 electors met in Nashville Monday morning and cast their ballots for Donald Trump as president and Mike Pence as vice president.

  • Drug plea given

    The man who walked into the Roane County Courthouse over the summer with suspected meth in the chest pocket of his shirt pleaded guilty to simple possession on Dec. 5.

    According to court records, Cody James Branham was sentenced to supervised probation for 12 months and ordered to make a $500 contribution to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office drug fund.

    “Jail sentence (suspended) except 30 days with credit,” court records said.

    The incident that led to the charge happened on July 12.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Balanced election system works

    The Electoral College has cast its votes for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we now have a legitimately elected president.

    Late in the election cycle there was talk about a “rigged” system. We heard a lot about the importance of accepting the results of the election.

    We were reminded, rightfully so, that to not accept the results of the election would be a dangerous threat to the foundation of our country.

  • GLIMPSES: Growing up with Kingston’s Santa


    Thirty-one years ago last week, a letter from Santa Claus arrived at our home in Albuquerque, N.M. Addressed to our 5-year-old daughter Tollie, its return address was “North Pole Village, 37763-0070.”

    Santa reminded Tollie that Christmas celebrates Jesus’ message of love and inquired what she had done to help “someone else have a good Christmas this year?”

  • Celebrating ORNL Credit Union’s new look
  • Grow Bio Plastics A-Sizzle

    State, local and federal agencies are partnering to bring innovative agricultural technology startups to the Sizzle TechStart business incubator at the Roane Industrial Park.

    Representatives of the agencies gathered at the Sizzle TechStart facility in the Industrial Park Thursday.

    Sizzle TechStart joins a group of statewide incubators and accelerators that are collaborating as part of the state-funded AgLaunch initiative to help launch 100 new startup companies related to forestry and agriculture by 2020.

  • Human resource classes offered

    Roane State Community College Workforce Development is offering Society for Human Resource Management course next year on the main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.
    The course provides training toward certification for both SHRM-Certified Professional and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.
    Those holding SHRM-CP are human resources professionals who implement policies and strategies, serve as point of contact for staff and stakeholders, deliver HR services and perform operational HR functions.

  • Creswell a Postma Young Professional

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, received the Postma Young Professional Medal at the East Tennessee Economic Council’s annual year end celebration earlier this month.

    The award was created by ETEC to honor the accomplishments of young professionals who have made an impact and fostered a community culture in the region.

  • Road leveling for jobs gets thumbs up

    Execution of a contract that one official said is critical to completing a key industrial project should be able to go forward following the Dec. 12 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “We’ve been trying to get this contract done since July,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The county received a Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development grant earlier this year for improvements at the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.