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Today's News

  • TVA hikes power rates

    Electric customers can expect an increase in their rates this fall.
    TVA announced a 1.5 percent retail rate increase, which a news release said is the first in two years.
    Both Harriman Utility Board and Rockwood Electric Utility Board are passing those rate increases on to residential customers.
    “I think the first of October you’ll see increased electric rates,” said Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans recently.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Presidential coverage you don’t read about

    Last month, I read with interest the Chattanooga Times Free Press coverage of President Obama’s visit to their city.
    Nearly two decades ago, when I lived and worked in Chicago, I covered presidential visits as a member of The Associated Press news bureau. Me and my ilk from other Chicago news outlets often sat through presidential dinners, unfed at side tables. Meanwhile, the Washington press corps — the ones who traveled with the president — were in the center of things and eating pretty well, too.

  • Kids Cafe program saved by community

    When Second Harvest decided to end its funding to the Kids Cafe program, that could have been the end for the community outreach to the youth at Rockwood Housing Authority.
    However, an anonymous donation cemented the funding for the coming year.
    Now RHA employee Jennifer Watson said the donations and volunteers are in place in the community to continue the program.
    “We are going to be just fine,” she said.
    Watson said community members organized a drive that sparked a lot of donations.

  • Police pull unruly man from stands in Harriman

    A Harriman man was arrested for disorderly conduct in the visitors stands at Harriman High School last Friday.

    Harriman police received reports a man was yelling profanities and threatening a woman.

    Albert Kelly Sargent, 46, refused police requests to go to the bottom of the bleachers, shaking his head, according to police reports.

    Police said after they went up to get him, he started complaining and denied doing anything wrong.

  • Lady Jackets blank Cumberland County

     

    It may have been a sluggish start, but the Kingston Lady Jackets soccer team swarmed past the Cumberland County Lady Jets Tuesday evening en route to a 4-0 win. 

  • State’s longest rivalry takes center stage

     

    The first two weeks of the high school football season have come and gone. During that time, there have been some exciting games like Oneida’s 13-12 overtime victory over Rockwood to open the season, and last week’s game between Midway and Whitwell that ended in a 53-50 victory.

  • Late punt block leads MMS past Harriman, 16-8

     

     

    The Midway Middle School Green Wave improved to 2-1 and left Harriman Middle winless following a hard fought 16-8 win Tuesday evening at Midway.

  • KAMA competes in Hall of Fame Tournament
  • Austin Peay rocks with Roane County High

    Austin Peay State University’s band sat in the visitors stands Friday at Roane County High School, but band members made it clear they supported their host school.

    Austin Peay band members, including former Roane County High student Shelley Starkey, cheered loudly for the Kingston Yellow Jackets, who fell to Grace Christian.
    “It is really exciting,” she said. “I feel kind of famous. Everybody keeps saying, ‘Hey Shelley, how have you been?’”

  • VW seeks 10, more to come

    Officials hope the 10 warehouse workers Volkswagen plans to hire in the coming weeks is a sign of things to come.
    “We anticipate them hiring more over time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “I know initially they’re just going to hire a few, but we hope they’ll ramp up to 40 to 60 employees over the next 12 to 18 months.”