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Today's News

  • Loudon remains could lead to closure

    As of Friday evening, authorities had yet to identify the human remains discovered in neighboring Loudon County.

    “The point of emphasis is we don’t know yet,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Authorities were working to identify the remains.  

    Johnson, whose judicial district includes Loudon and Roane, said the remains were discovered off Eblen Road around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday by two men who were out looking for scrap metal. Johnson described the area as remote.  

  • April 16 trial in mom's suit against Houstons

    Preparing a civil case against brothers Rocky and Leon Houston hasn’t been easy for attorney Mitch Ferguson.

    “The breadth of it overwhelms me sometimes,” he said.

    Ferguson represents Pat Brown, who is suing the Houstons for $5 million over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the brothers on May 11, 2006. Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Rockwood officials lobbying for more stable road to I-40

    When Interstate 40 was built through Roane County, the Browder family of Harriman used their political influence to get it routed through Harriman.

    While that move proved rewarding for Harriman, the national thoroughfare — and the traffic and tourist dollars — bypassed Rockwood.

    Now Rockwood officials want to change all that, hoping to work with the state to get an interchange and connector road off Hwy. 299 into their city.

  • Parker elected for schools, leaves city legacy of progress

    Harriman voters elected Earl Parker as mayor more than 40 years ago for his pro-city-schools platform, but his work brought the city a couple of advances it continues to enjoy.

    “He was the first mayor to hire a city recreation director,” noted Chipper Dunn about his close friend, 72, who died Jan. 13.

    “We had programs, but most of it was ran by a group of people or civic clubs” before Parker appointed Bill Morgan to the position, Dunn added.

  • Fund established for hurt firefighter

    Donations are being sought to help cover the medical expenses of a local firefighter who was injured in a bad car wreck earlier this month.

    Andrew Murray, a captain with the East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, said the Caleb Wilson Fund was started at Enrichment Federal Credit Union last week.

    Murray said people wishing to help can stop by any Enrichment branch to make a donation.  

  • McCoin: Facebook group not a tool to kick off Ellis bid

    Swan Pond resident Sarah McCoin insists a Facebook group she started wasn’t about helping her friend mount a campaign for the state House seat held by Rep. Julia Hurley.

    The group is called “Tell Tennessee House Reps: Keep Roane County Together.”

    Less than a week after it was started, the House approved the redistricting plan that splits the county between the 31st and 32nd districts.

  • AT&T retailer in Harriman now part of NewWave

    The AT&T Authorized Retailer in Pinnacle Pointe shopping center at 1828 Roane State Hwy., Harriman, is among the stores included in a merger between Thompson Wireless and We’re Wireless.

    The new company, NewWave Link, is one of the largest groups of AT&T Authorized Retailers in the U.S., with more than 80 locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas and Virginia.

    Thompson Wireless was founded in 1993 and headquartered in Hernando, Miss. We’re Wireless was founded in 1990 with headquarters in Jackson.

  • New Roane Medical Center shaping up
  • Roane area Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Cory Hines of the Harriman store was honored for his work with the Harriman Fire Department and Roane County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Cory Frye for his work with the Lenoir City Youth Football Organization.
    Megan Webster, an associate at the Oliver Springs store, was honored for her work with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Save room for Rockwood pie at Gallaher Grill

    Many Roane Countians will remember the destination of this “Out to Lunch” visit as the former location of the Huddle House on Gallaher Road, in view of Interstate 40.

    Partners Joel Meza and Dr. Mancel Wakham remodeled the building and last March opened Gallaher Grill.

    As manager, Joel brings his seven-year IHOP experience to the new operation. His wife, Rose, worked as a nurse for Wakham.