Today's News


    Local law enforcement came together to help with searching the charred wooded area of Gatlinburg late last week.

    Harriman Police Department, the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Rockwood Police Department were among area law enforcement who helped with search and rescue attempts in the days after the wildfires that ravaged the area last week.

    “We were very humbled to be able to provide assistance,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

  • Roane leveling field to lure jobs

    Timing remains an important factor in industrial recruitment.

    “A prospect comes in and looks at a site and they’re thinking how long is it going to take me from the time we purchase this site till the time we can be in production,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    “The longer the amount of time, the less likely they are to come.”

    Creswell said that’s why he can’t wait for the dirt work to start at the 40-acre Jones Road site in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • Lanes, signals in works for Midtown roads

    Drivers in Midtown are closer to having the busy intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road addressed.

    Harriman City Council has approved a resolution to partner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation on a project to improve traffic signaling and the turn lanes.

    “This is a project the city began discussing with TDOT way back in 2014,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    “TDOT hopes they can take the project to construction in 2017.”

  • Supreme Court rejects Rocky Houston appeal

    Rocky Joe Houston’s grievance with his federal firearms conviction won’t be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    America’s court of last resort denied his petition on Monday.

    The petition sought review of a lower-court decision that said it was OK for agents investigating Houston to install a camera on a public utility pole without getting a warrant.

    The camera had zoom and pan capabilities and it allowed agents to conduct surveillance of Houston on his South of the River farm.

  • Rockwood’s SWEET Christmas
  • Public gives Pirate Fest thumbs up

    The organizers of the Tennessee Medieval Festival saw some positive signs in their fall production, the 2016 Pirate Fest.

    “Our goal was to create an October festival that people would like and would help fund and promote our May festival,” said co-founder Barrie Paulson.

    “Last year, we tried a Halloween event. It was an evening family-oriented event, but it was difficult for us,” she continued. “It was expensive to try and light the great outdoors, and we had low attendance.”

  • Roane fishing to rid lake of weed

    Fish could be used to try and combat the aquatic weeds that have inundated Watts Bar Lake.

    “It’s a grass carp that eats the weed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Apparently, they’ve been successful in some of the lower reservoirs down in Alabama. There may be a movement here to solve some of the aquatic weed problem with sterile grass carp.”

    Aquatic plants, such as hydrilla, spiny-leaf naiad and milfoil, have been reported on Watts Bar Lake.

  • Harriman man aims to feed downtrodden

    There will be plenty of room for the downtrodden and lonely at a special Christmas dinner at the Harriman Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    Blake Kirkland, who is plugging along at opening The Open Door kitchen for the hungry at the former The Spot in downtown Harriman, is offering the meal with the help of other volunteers.

    “I am going to be serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. So anyone wanting to cook and help it would be great,” said Kirkland.

  • Not all view the holidays as a joyful time

    The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but for people with depression, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can destabilize and sometimes debilitate.

    Stress-related events, such as the holidays, may trigger half of all depressive episodes. The good news is that knowing how to avoid common triggers can prevent an episode from occurring.

    “A relapse-prevention plan is key,” said Dr. John Langlow, medical director of New Directions Behavioral Health. “You can do a lot to lower the risk of relapse if you plan ahead.”

  • Moffitt on track to be first Recovery Court grad

    Billy Moffitt’s journey through the judicial system was nearly finished when he decided to take a longer but potentially more beneficial route through the Roane County Recovery Court.

    Moffitt struggled with marijuana use, which he said invaded his daily life.

    “I was obsessed with it, basically,” he admitted late last month.

    “I was on probation for a little over three years and never passed a single drug screening.”

    The drug started taking up Moffitt’s day.