Today's News

  • OS offering free smoke detectors

    Oliver Springs Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors to residents of the town.

    These smoke detectors are made available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant’s goal is to meet firefighting and emergency response needs.

    Call 435-7722 to request a free smoke detector.

  • Bridge inspection to close one lane across Fort Loudoun dam

    Traffic across Fort Loudoun Dam on U.S. Hwy. 321 near Lenoir City will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Sept. 12.

    In the event of inclement weather, the work may be extended or rescheduled.

    Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider another route.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average.

  • Thirty-four attend Lands reunion

    Thirty-four relatives and friends attended the
    recent Lands family reunion in the fellowship hall of
    North Rockwood Baptist Church on North Gateway Avenue.

    Those attending from out of town were Roger and Linda Lands and Jason, Mandy, Addison and Judah Lands, all of Cookeville; Donna, Rachel and Jacob Townsend and Ryan Austin, all of Big Stone Gap, Va.; Rhonda, Albert and Casey Whittenburg of Murfreesboro; Robert and Kathleen Lands of Dayton; and Loretta and Randy Lands and Raynce of Knoxville.

  • The Garden Gate: Flower fashion once a trend

    The idea of incorporating the use of light into garden planning is not as new as you might think. It is merely the updating of an ancient idea.

    Many centuries ago, the Chinese placed sculptured stone lanterns in their gardens. The Japanese hung painted paper ones in the trees in their gardens to add glamour and mystery to the shadows.

    In Europe, flaming torches were used to light the gardens and courtyards of medieval castles and manor houses, as well as the interiors of many buildings.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 12

    25 Years Ago
    Adopt-A-School, an incentive program for academic achievement, enjoyed a high rate of success in Roane County. The program was a partnership between an organization or business and a selected school, program or class; a sharing of time, talent and expertise. The ways in which the adopter can help are limited only by the imagination of both parties.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: God goes back to school through First Amendment

    First Amendment Center
    Millions of kids return to school this week — and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of won’t leave their faith at the schoolhouse door.

    As classes get under way, public school students across America will form religious clubs, pray together in their free time, distribute religious literature to classmates, share their religious convictions in class discussions and in many other ways belie the myth of the “godless public schools.”

  • Rockwood utility truck hit by car

    A Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas truck and a car were involved in a Friday morning accident on Wheeler Street not far from the utilities’ warehouse on Church Street.

    The front driver’s side of the Buick and a toolbox on the utility vehicle were damaged.

    Trooper Gary Snow said the fault was the driver of the Buick, Jimmy Charles Sexton Sr., who was traveling east on East Wheeler Street. The truck was traveling west on Wheeler Street toward Gateway Avenue.

  • New finance officer for city

    Rockwood City Council recently approved the hiring of a new finance officer.

    Belinda Puckett has 25 years of hands-on experience in financing, starting with banking after graduating high school and seven years with Spring City, where she lives.

    Until working for Spring City, she spent the rest of her career in Roane County.

    “I am very excited to be with the city of Rockwood and will work hard to be an asset that will help the city be successful financially,” Puckett said.

  • ‘Good neighbor’ gets wedged under house

    It took a bit of work to get a former Harriman City Councilman out of a tight spot underneath a Harriman residence.

    Johnny “Sambo” Plemons was at 102 Vann Drive to turn on the pilot light for a relative, something he was known to do for neighbors in his community.

    He reportedly slipped, fell and became wedged under the home.

    Michael Galyon was trimming weeds when Harriman Fire Department and Rescue Squad vehicles started to arrive. He said Plemons, who lives nearby, is always helping people around their homes.

  • MMS downs Harriman, 28-6

    After scoring on the first play of the game, Harriman Middle School appeared as if they were going to have a big night against Midway. But the Green Wave gained control and won the final 31:20 to take home a nice 28-6 win over the Blue Devils Monday night in Harriman.