Today's News

  • DAV puts on show at Victorian Square
  • Victorian Square Thanksgiving feeds community

    Victorian Square Assisted Living Facility celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance on Saturday, Nov. 21.  
    Residents, friends, family and staff members gathered together for an evening of food and fellowship.  
    “Many times, adult children become caregivers of their elderly parents and set aside the roles of being a child, a mother, a son, etc.,” said Saundra Bandy, Victorian Square Marketing Director.  

  • Sizzle to help local business startups

    Proton Power, Inc. has entered into a partnership with the Roane Chamber and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center to create a center to support business startups.  

    Sizzle TechStart is the creation of Dr. Sam Weaver, President/CEO of Proton Power and his wife, Dr. Carol Jane Weaver, President of Sizzle.  Through partnerships with local economic development agencies, Proton Power hopes to duplicate the success it realized by utilizing the space where it began in 2007.

  • Nostalgia, gifts fill Rocky Top General Store

    Rocky Top General Store has been a Harriman fixture for decades.

    David Webb and his family started with Webb’s Furniture in downtown Harriman in 1959 and moved the store to its current location on Ruritan Road in the 1970s, changing its name to Rocky Top General Store because of its many items.

    “When we got here and had so many different things we changed it to general store,” said Webb.

    And boy does it have so many different things.

  • No place like Roane for the holidays—Fran’s brings favorite time of year, only once a year

    Fran Caruthers enjoys the holiday season.

    She enjoys it so much that, for the past 17 years, she has opened her own business, Fran’s Tennessee Christmas, in the weeks and months leading to Christmas Day.

    “I just love Christmas,” she said. “This is the most relaxing thing you can do. I get to do what I want.

    “I had a chiropractic clinic that I ran, but it closed down. I got bored, and my kids talked me into opening a Christmas store and it’s gone from there.”

  • Peck Sisters open Christmas concert series on Nov. 29

    The community is welcome to attend a special Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in  Kingston United Methodist Church sanctuary.  

    The Peck Sisters will kick off the first in a series of Christmas concerts.

    The concert will feature Christmas, Advent, and Southern gospel selections along with some congregational hymn singing.  

  • Oliver Springs hit by late tax fallout

    Oliver Springs had a Wednesday morning visitor who sets the nerves of many government officials on edge.

    A representative of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury was at Town Hall to look into what appears to be the borrowing of state street aid funds to pay the town’s bills.

    It was a decision officials said was made while property tax revenues are low — and with the intention of paying it back.

    “We had borrowed money. We have not misappropriated anything,” said Ramona Walker, Oliver Springs finance director.

  • Cities deal with property tax holdup

    Roane Newspapers
    Roane County Commission recently approved a resolution to borrow $1 million between county funds — and it appears Rockwood City Council will be following suit.

    On Monday, the Council will discuss a resolution to use $136,000 in the capital projects fund to pay the city’s bills.

    Both actions can be traced back to low property tax revenues caused by delayed tax notices.



    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    What’s a little thing like a downpour when the state title is three wins away? It’s not even an inconvenience to Harriman’s Blue Devils. Head coach Travis Tapp talks with Blue Devil quarterback Joe Pace at a rainy practice on Wednesday. The Blue Devils play at Greenback in Loudon County at 7 p.m. today, Friday, in the TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinals. See more about Friday’s game in sports on page 11A.

  • STILL CLOSED: Landmark into 2nd year of repair work

    Harriman’s historic Temperance Building remains closed to the public despite a number of projects to stabilize it.

    “We did some structural repairs on the building, but there are more that need to be made,” said Harriman Manager Kevin Helms.

    The building was flooded at one point, and some areas still do not have carpet or tile.

    The heat and air unit is not operable, and the plumbing lines were drained so they would not freeze, Helms said.

    The last grant wrapped up some structural projects in the basement of the building.