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Today's News

  • Waterfowl season set at TWFC meeting

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2015-16 late waterfowl hunting seasons and was presented the 2016-17 state’s fishing regulations proposals at its August meeting on Friday. In addition, the participants in Tennessee’s 2015 elk hunt were announced.

    The actions came at the commission’s August meeting at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region IV headquarters in Morristown.

  • Poker Run set for Saturday

    Caney Creek Grille, RV Resort and Marina along with Jolly Hollar Hunting Club will host their annual Poker Run Ride for the Kids this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

    Boats will have a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. with bikes starting at 11 a.m.

    There will also be live music, food and drinks, cash prizes, and a 50-50 raffle.

    The cost is $50 for rider and one passenger, and $20 for each additional person.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit youth athletics in Roane County.

  • Y-12 workers help put donation to Harriman food bank on the move

    Those who work for Y‑12 National Security Complex have a reputation of going above and beyond the call of duty in their communities.

    Recently, several Y‑12 employees did just that when they helped co-worker Junior Hendrickson of Logistics fill the need of a community food bank.

  • Out to Lunch: Duke approved and free cookies only two of Annabell’s pluses

    “I’ve got a restaurant you need to visit and write about,” my friend Bo Carey said on my recent visit to his furniture store.

    Bo is owner of Greer’s Furniture in Loudon, and a vice president of the furniture buying group that I head up.

    So we headed out his front door with my son, Buddy, who travels the South as a furniture manufacturers salesman, and walked across the street to Annabell’s Café and Market.

  • Motorist drives into pasture to elude cops

    Christopher William Dawson, a 42-year-old Athens man, allegedly drove his car into a South of the River pasture in an attempt to elude authorities during a police pursuit last week.

    “He drove out into the middle of the pasture and proceeded to spin out and drive from one end of the pasture to the other end,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Morse wrote in Dawson’s arrest warrant.

    The pursuit started on Aug. 17 when Morse was responding to 661 Sweetwater Road to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

  • Harriman sprucing up its image

    Harriman officials decided to get a jump start on the next spring’s cleaning.

    City workers are sprucing up the joint, starting with Harriman Fire Department power washing the walls of the William Hamilton Browder Bridge on Roane Street.

    “That is just one of our many little projects,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    They plan to get volunteers to paint the bridge after the pressure washing is complete.

    Other projects, most using public image repair funds from TVA after the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill, will be coming.

  • Smith calls it a career at utility

    Benton Smith knows his way around Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Smith decided to retire this year after years of dedicated work and growing close to his coworkers.

    “In 22 years, I was never late a day ― rain, sleet or snow,” said Smith.

    The crew leader loves the people he works with.

    “They try to make it better for you all the time, and safer,” he said. “All the supervisors are great.”

    Before going to the utility, Smith worked different jobs, including strip mines and construction.

  • Westcare conference unites agencies

    Westcare in Harriman was the host site for an Impact Conference.

    Most of those attending the three-day conference were affilated with agencies providing services to the community.

    “We try to bring people together,” said Cinda S. Sagnes, project director.

    Sixty people attended the conference with special guest speaker the Rev. James Davis.

    Davis explained how he changed from a life of crime to contributing to the community.

    He discussed what he did to help inspire change in his community of Mechanicsville in Knoxville.

  • HPD stepping up DUI enforcement

    Harriman Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to step up DUI enforcement through Sept. 7, surrounding the Labor Day holiday.

    The statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of a national mobilization to prevent drunk driving.

    Tennessee experienced 6,645 known alcohol-related crashes in 2014.

    That equates to an average of 18 people each day making the decision to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking.

  • Harriman Happenings: Aug. 24

    Last Sunday Carolyn Griffin and I attended the fifth anniversary celebration for the Little Leaf Missionary Baptist Church youth choir.

    Their theme was “Help Me Lift Him Up.”

    Several groups, praise dancers and one special soloist from Alcoa performed.

    Little Leaf Choir closed the show.

    This was a wonderful service. Afterward, refreshments were served in the fellowship hall.

    This is where the Elder Thomas Dews is pastor.