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Today's News

  • Meat House aims to introduce Chicago flair to Roane County

    Chicago is an area of the United States known for great food, and now Navardo and Genaro Esparaza are bringing that Midwestern flavor to Roane County with their new Meat House BBQ & More in Midtown.

    “We decided to come to this area because we think this area needs a good mom-and-pop-type business,” owner Navardo Esparaza said.

    “We have a passion to cook. We love the enjoyment of seeing someone’s face when the food is good.”

  • Harriman Happenings-June 13

    A dedication ceremony for the new Korean War Memorial was held at David Webb Riverfront Park on Memorial Day to pay tribute to the Korean veterans that paid the ultimate price for freedom during the Korean War.

    The Korean War was a hard fought war that lasted from June 1950 to July 1953. This war claimed the lives of 36,574 American soldiers, another 103,284 were wounded and 7,800 are still unaccounted for.

    A few of the Korean War veterans of Roane County that were present for this ceremony are Cecil Johnson, Clyde Jones, James Little and Eugene Cozart.

  • Boys & Girls Club summer going well

    Boys & Girls Club of Roane County kicked off its summer program late last month, and it’s promising to be a busy one.

    Already the club has a record number of children, ranging from kindergarten to high school.

    Harriman Councilman Buddy Holley was impresed with the youth, who had stopped and talked with him recently as they passed his home coming back from an outing at Killefer Park.

    Mayor Chris Mason is a big advocate for the program and said they need to get clubs open in Kingston and Rockwood as well to serve area youth.

  • Harriman Police Chief on paid leave after accusations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle has been placed on paid administrative leave as an investigation into anonymous allegations is conducted. 

    Check out Monday's Roane County News for more on this ongoing story.

  • Business Is Berry Good

    When Terry and Vickey Skeen married in 2001, they began looking for a way to supplement their income when they retired.

    They came up with Honeys Blueberry Farm, a farm on Kingston Highway between Kingston and Loudon where customers can pick their own blueberries.

    “In 2003, we started looking for a farm,” Vickey Skeen said. “We were looking for a farm and a place where he could hunt. That was his dream. We looked all around. Some places were too expensive and some were not in a good location. We found this place in a real estate book.

  • Business Is Berry Good

    When Terry and Vickey Skeen married in 2001, they began looking for a way to supplement their income when they retired.

    They came up with Honeys Blueberry Farm, a farm on Kingston Highway between Kingston and Loudon where customers can pick their own blueberries.

    “In 2003, we started looking for a farm,” Vickey Skeen said. “We were looking for a farm and a place where he could hunt. That was his dream. We looked all around. Some places were too expensive and some were not in a good location. We found this place in a real estate book.

  • Morgan teenager trapped in wreckage

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said in his 35-year career he’s never seen anyone pinned in a vehicle like the one he saw on Wednesday.

    “I talked to other people after we were done, and they said they had never seen any like that, either,” Gordon said.

    Kingston Fire Department was one of several agencies that responded to the incident, which happened around 11:30 a.m. and left an Oakdale teen trapped in his vehicle for more than an hour.

  • Polk Salad Fest celebrates arts, Appalachian delicacy

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival brings a taste of art and opportunities to make your own masterpiece.

    The festival returns to Harriman this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “We are just trying to celebrate the arts in Roane County,” said Becky Brunton, a member of the Arts Council of Roane County.

    Wares to be offered for sale include pottery, painting, jewelry and perhaps even mosaic.

    The festival also features craft opportunities. One such event includes making festival hats out of paper.

  • 17 Beta Club members heading to The Big Easy

    Seventeen Rockwood High School students will be going to New Orleans this month to compete at the Beta Club National Convention.

    “This is our first time taking this many students to the National Convention,” said Rockwood teacher and club sponsor Jessica Alred.

    “We qualified for nationals before, but we never took a group this big.”

  • Jail recertified, but officials mindful of crowding

    Despite persistent overcrowding, the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year during its meeting in Nashville on June 1.

    “We’re thankful for that,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Stockton, Chief Deputy Garvin Morris and Lt. Rick Baker attended the meeting in Nashville.

    “We’re still under a plan of action,” Stockton said.

    TCI jail inspector William R. Kane found nine deficiencies when he inspected the jail on March 9.