Today's News

  • New business startup help at workshop

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org to register.
    The center offers free advice and assistance to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses.

  • VEC program gives to Midway organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in February.
    Midway Youth League was awarded $1,500, and Midway Teen Baseball Club received $1,250.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.5
    million to various com-
    munity-service organizations.
    VECustomers Share is
    a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service

  • Anderson’s center popular — and growing

    Revelers have found a place in Rockwood to hold their festive events.
    The REC — or Rockwood Event Center — has been open for awhile, and  its popularity for parties, conferences and other events spurred a recent growth spurt that’s resulted in almost double its original space.
    “We stay consistently busy now — especially with the expansion,” said business owner Bill Anderson of the work that began in January. “We are not quite done yet. The stage is going to come out about 2 more feet.”

  • Idol dream ends

    Oliver Spring’s darling  country singer Janelle Arthur has seen her time on American Idol end.
    The singer was in the bottom two with fellow country enthusiast Kree Harrison.
    Arthur sang “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which she performed a stunning rendition of earlier in the season, in hopes the judges would use their one save of the season to keep her on the Fox talent show styled program.
    “Unfortunately baby, it is not unanimous. We’re not gonna use it, but we love you ...” judge Randy Jackson said.

  • Jail overcrowding an obstacle for local district attorney

    Of the many duties listed for a district attorney general in the Tennessee Code, keeping a county’s jail population down isn’t one of them. However, Roane County’s issues with overcrowding has made that a function for District Attorney General Russell Johnson throughout his nearly seven-year tenure.

  • Abuse claimed in jail lawsuit

    A former corrections officer alleges in a lawsuit that inmates were subjected to deplorable conditions and treatment at the Roane County Jail. 
    Samantha Morgan was fired on Feb. 22, 2012. She claims it was for not participating and keeping quiet about the alleged rough treatment of inmates.

  • Judge expects reasonableness in Tyler Farmer’s drug dealing case

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen ruled the state has to be “reasonable” when it comes to providing defense counsel with information about confidential informants.
    Accused drug dealer Tyler Farmer wanted prosecutors to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant in his criminal case. A hearing was held on the matter earlier this month. 

  • Hope for the homeless takes shape in Roane

    A group of organizers have taken the first tentative steps to start a program to provide a refuge for families facing homelessness in Roane County.
    The 20-plus group that gathered at Rockwood First Christian Church Disciples of Christ voted to call their organization Family Promise of Roane County.
    “Congratulations. We’re there. We have a name,” said volunteer Tom Cioffi, who is with the Family Promise National and facilitated this and the first meeting earlier this year.

  • Tour of city buildings set for June 22

    Staff reports
    The tour of Harriman city owned properties is now set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
    City officials hope to hear from interested parties about available properties downtown including 14 city owned properties.
    Those 14 buildings include the former Roane Medical Center and office buildings and residential homes along Devonia Street.

  • Blue Devils hold off Oneida, 7-6


    Roane Newspapers

    It was a great night for baseball Thursday evening as Harriman picked up a 7-6 non-district win over the Indians from Oneida.