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Today's News

  • Harriman Middle School softball team wins district crown

    By JACE GREENE
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Defending Clinch Valley conference champion Harriman Middle School Lady Devils softball team added the district softball tournament championship to the resume’ of co-head coaches Nate and Chastity Lowery.
    Harriman hosted the tournament over the weekend and went undefeated, but it wasn't easy, using their stay together style to make it all come together.

  • Guinn, Bell honored at Rockwood-Kingston game
  • GLIMPSES: Historical perspectives on Hillary

    By Mark Banker

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    My past four columns have suggested election 2016 may not be as unprecedented as we imagine. But even accurate assessments lose credibility when taken to the extreme.

  • Almost time to make the doughnuts

    Dunkin’ Donuts nears completion of its store in Harriman’s Midtown area.

    City officials said they’ve heard the store, popular for its coffee as well as its sweet treats, is set to open the first of October.

    One of the features is a drive-thru window for customer convenience.

    The store is in a new development, which will also reportedly include a Great Clips hair salon.

  • OS shopper wins Food City Ultimate Battle package

    Kenneth Bunch of Oliver Springs was selected as the winner of Food City’s grand-prize package from its Ultimate Battle Pass sweepstakes.

    Bunch shops at the Oliver Springs Food City at 508 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Food City officials presented him with his prize package on Sept. 6 at the Deane Hill Food City in Knoxville.

    The contest ran Aug. 3-30 in all Food City locations.

    Customers gained automatic entry each time they purchased five participating items, using their Food City ValuCard. Mail-in entries were also accepted.

  • Kimsey calls it a career after 31 years

    Rockwood Parks and Recreation Department had a party for Ellen Kimsey, front row in center, Rockwood Community Center director, who worked her last day Aug. 19.

    Kimsey worked for the department for 31 years, said Chase Clem, Rockwood Parks and Recreation Department director.

    “She has been a great servant to the community and will be greatly missed,” he added.

  • August jobless rate up

    Roane County’s unemployment rate climbed to 5.9 percent in August, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s up 0.3 percent from the July rate. It’s an improvement over the August 2015 jobless rate of 6.2 percent.

    Both Tennessee and the U.S. unemployment rates were 5.0 percent for August. That’s a 0.1 decrease for the U.S. figures and a 0.1 percent increase for the state.

  • State seeing spike in workplace fatalities

    The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 22 Tennessee workers suffered fatal job-related injuries since January.

    “In the month of July alone, 10 Tennessee workers lost their lives in workplace accidents, devastating families, friends, co-workers and businesses,” said Steve Hawkins, TOSHA administrator.

    “Most all of these could have been prevented.”

  • Street painting festival set Oct. 1

    Artists and sponsors are needed for the 16th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival.

    It will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Oak Ridge branch campus of Roane State Community College, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

    The rain day is on Sunday, Oct. 2.

    The purpose of the festival, organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, is to raise funds for scholarships for Roane State students.

    The festival is also a competition for the artists.

  • Harriman Happenings: Sept. 26

    I wish Curtis Eskridge a speedy recovery.

    Curtis is in Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Lets keep him in our prayers.

    Get-well wishes to Jimmy Dawn Thomas. She is a patient in Parkwest Medical Center.

    Congratulations to Mr. Danny and Mrs. Carolyn Baker, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary today.

    They were married Sept. 26, 2003. May you have a blessed day and more years of marriage.