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Today's News

  • An Independence Day donation
  • Grants help with homes in need

    Rockwood is getting a help with its cleanup efforts, with $250,000 from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to help fix up homes.

    “That is really a good thing,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The program helps selected low-income homeowners with rehabilitation projects.

    “Anyone interested can contact myself or (building inspector) Harold Ishman. However, we won’t have the applications available until the process starts,” said city recorder Becky Ruppe.

  • Camp Get Out
  • Do we expect too much as athletes?

    Believe it or not, yes, professional athletes are humans like the rest of us.

    They also, like the rest of us, possess the ability to say some incredible stupid things.

    The only difference is when they say incredibly stupid things, chances are, it’s not going to simply be going gentle into the good night.

    So it should come as no surprise after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage last Friday that stupid things were said.

  • FLW Tour Pros Wesley Strader, Brad Knight fall short on Potomac River

    Things didn’t exactly go as planned for local FLW pros Brad Knight and Wesley Strader this past weekend on the Potomac River.

    Neither pro made the cut to compete on day three after Strader, of Rockwood, hauled in only 23 pounds, four ounces to finish in 48th, and Knight, of Lancing, captured 76th place with 21 pounds, 10 ounces.

    Clark Wendlandt, of Leander, Texas, took the top spot with a four-day total of 60 pounds, winning the $125,000 prize.

  • Losses lead former Yellow Jacket Marcus Hutson through life, into medical field

    The last thing a 7-year-old Marcus Hutson was able to give his father was a baseball with the words, “I’ll blast one for you,” written on it.

    The ball, nestled inside his father’s casket would prove not to be a hope, but a promise.

    Just days after Mark Hutson’s funeral, his only son, Marcus, had a game his family wasn’t sure he would play in, but like all the other times before, the Hutson family loaded up and made the trip to the ballpark.

  • GUEST OPINION: Outsiders and insiders needed in Congress

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Center on Congress

    Insiders in Congress put in long, tedious hours on the minutiae of developing legislation. Outsiders mostly use Congress as a platform to build a following beyond their own constituency. Both types are needed to make the system work.

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

  • New drug laws start July 1

    By State Sen. KEN YAGER

    Prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is a serious health epidemic, but our state legislature has continued to make progress in our efforts to curb it. As of July 1, three new laws will be enacted to tackle the problem, including one bill that I sponsored which tightens the requirements for medical directors and owners of pain management clinics.

  • Jim Henry named governor's chief of staff

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Jim Henry of Kingston as his new chief of staff.

    Henry currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services and replaces Mark Cate who announced his departure last month.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 29

    Happy birthday wishes to Minnie Love, who recently celebrated her 93rd birthday.

    Ms. Love is a special lady and loved by all who know her.

    We love you, Ms. Minnie. Stay young and be blessed.

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Bernetta Fouse, who passed away Wednesday, June 17.

    She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Thomas Fouse, of Rockwood.; one daughter, Angela M. Smith of Atlanta; four grandchildren; two aunts, Ebbie Marie Frazier and Barbara Chatman, both of Rockwood; and one brother, Charles Edward Siler Jr.