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Today's News

  • Changes afoot at Harriman’s Riverfront Park

    The farmers market pavilion at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is taking shape, and it won’t be long before farmers will be selling their bounty under it.

    “The farmers market pavilion is coming along well. I believe they will finish it next week. The only thing on it that may be missing is the light fixtures as no one appears to have the type we need in stock so they will have to be ordered. However, once they come in, it will only take a few hours to finish them,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • GLIMPSES: Do we have an identity problem?

    By MARK BANKER

    As a grade-school student, I relished the arrival of The Weekly Reader, a little newspaper that introduced children to current events and public concerns.

    One issue, however, left me puzzled.

    This was the early-1960s, and Appalachia had captured the nation’s attention. Photos and an accompanying story presented an impoverished backward region, where children did not have shoes, strip-mining ravaged the land, and people lived in squalor.

  • OPEN GOVERNMENT: Tenn. constitution not a relic — yet

    By DEBORAH FISHER

    Last week’s account of a state worker snatching a meeting agenda packet from a news reporter’s hands was a low point in the open government ethic of Tennessee.

    I wish it were the only one.

    At a public meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Nashville Scene reporter Cari Wade Gervin picked up a meeting packet laying on the table that contained a proposed new operating policy, including a new Code of Conduct for commissioners. She was trying to copy down information in it.

  • Fates differ for Roane County teams in state openers

    The Rockwood All-Stars couldn’t get going, losing to Decatur County, 11-0, in Thursday’s Dixie Youth Ozone State Tournament opener in Sweetwater.

    The trouble started for the youthful Tigers from the beginning. Dylan Allen and Corey Burnette, Rockwood’s one and two hitters, sharply hit the ball, but couldn’t outrun the throws to first.

    The Tigers mustered only one hit in the opening inning when Evan Marks drilled a pitch deep into the outfield.

  • Back to the basics and new directions

    The 10th Annual Roane State Girls Basketball Camp saw a good turnout of youngsters eager to learn about the sport and improve their mastery this week.

    For Coach Monica Boles, the camps are a mainstay for the summer and a way she can help the kids grow their love and appreciation of basketball.

    “We’ve been doing these camps since I’ve been coaching at Roane state,” she said. “Before that I was helping out with them before I was head coach.

    “I feel like I’ve been doing them since I was in high school.”

  • HARRIMAN’S REGIONS BANK on the move
  • Holloway heads up Y-12 Federal Credit Union office in Farragut

    Rockwood native Tim Holloway is the new branch manager at Y-12 Federal Credit Union’s Farragut Branch.

    Holloway has been in the financial services field more than 20 years.

    Prior to joining Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Holloway worked for a bank in Roane County and has served as a part-time Lenoir City police officer for five years.

    A 2006 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Banking, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Tennessee and an associate’s degree from Roane State Community College.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Tommy’s has lots of good eats

    Readers of my “Out To Lunch” articles may remember that occasionally I like to explore unique and out-of-the-way places to eat.

    I want to thank Hugh Willett, Roane County News editor, for suggesting an “Out to Lunch” adventure at Tommy’s Over The Hill Grill. It’s in the Stop-N-Shop, just off Interstate 75 at 16571 Hwy. 72, in Loudon.

    Many times we’ve gone by what I thought was only a Stop-N-Shop market. I never realized it was what we now discovered to be – A GREAT PLACE TO EAT.

  • RedZone Performance now open
  • Dollar General opens in Ten Mile

    Dollar General’s newest store at 9820 Hwy 68 East in Ten Mile is now open to offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials.

    “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”