Today's News


    Harriman businessman David Webb and his family are finishing a chapter of their lives at the end of this month.

    Rocky Top General Store will be closing its doors Oct. 31, after being in business at its Ruritan Road location since 1970.

    The store, which opened in 1959 as Webb’s Furniture in downtown Harriman, was later changed to a general store because the merchandise went beyond furniture into gifts and other items.

    “It is kind of mixed emotions. We want to retire, but we enjoy our work too. We felt it was time,” said David Webb.

  • Reunion brings together former Secret City workers

    A few hundred current and former workers at the government nuclear facilities in Oak Ridge showed up at Kingston City Park Friday for a Secret City Family Reunion.

    James Elmore, nursing director of Quality Private Duty Care in Knoxville, sponsor of the event, said his company was inspired to hold the reunion after hearing stories from many patients describing their years of service as part of the government projects at Oak Ridge.

    “These people have great stories to tell about what they’ve seen and done,” he said.

  • Chills in the air and the stories at Hauntings event

    Chilly weather didn’t put a damper on this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman, which was held over the weekend.

    There was a chill in the air Friday and Saturday night, but the tour-goers didn’t need umbrellas.

    “The weather has cooperated this year – no rain,” said Tom Coleman, chairman of the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization.

    During the annual event, people take a walking tour around the Cornstalk Heights neighborhood and listen to haunting tales.

  • Blood drive at hospital

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Roane Medical Center at 8045 Roane Medical Center Drive, Harriman.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification. Call 524-3074 for details.


    Tears of joy flowed Friday morning at Autumn Acres Corn Maze near Crossville, as United States Air Force Staff Sgts. Thomas and Kim McCallister returned from a 7-month deployment in Southwest Asia.

    The McCallisters arrived at Knoxville’s McGee Tyson Airport at approximately 9:30 a.m. from their deployment and drove straight to Autumn Acres to surprise their two children, 6-year-old Kalin and 2-year-old Kamdyn. Kalin and Kamdyn were on a school field trip.

  • City drums up tax support

    Harriman officials continue to promote the sales tax referendum as early voting continues this week.

    In addition to mailing out information explaining the benefits of a sales tax increase, the city also has a website, /www.helpbuild

    harriman.com/, dedicated to explaining how much revenue it would generate and how it would go to infrastructure needs only.

    If approved, Harriman would go from collecting sales tax of 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent.

  • Kingston City Council hopefuls look to grow business, housing

    Kingston needs more businesses, more housing, more long-range planning and more people coming to meetings, according to candidates for City Council presenting their qualifications and ideas at the Community Center Thursday.

    The forum, sponsored by the Roane County Tea Party, drew a small crowd of perhaps two dozen citizens who listened to five minute pitches from each candidate before being allowed to ask questions.

    Incumbent Councilman Tony Brown described himself as the most outspoken member of the council, especially on fiscal policy.

  • Plateau Partnership Park’s got the power

    A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Aug. 4 to welcome a solar farm to Plateau Partnership Park.

    Two months later, the site is already generating power.

    “TVA just interconnected the site last Tuesday (Oct. 11), so it’s officially put into service,” Vis Solis Inc. President and CEO Carlos Mayer said.

    The 1 megawatt site features 3,276 solar panels. Mayer said setting those up was the easy part of the project.

  • Ex-pizza joint manager pleads guilty to theft

    James Douglas Jensen, a former manager of the Little Caesars Pizza in Kingston, pleaded guilty to theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said that between May 2012 and August 2012, Jensen instructed his employees at Little Caesars to withdraw money from the cash register so he could get change.

    “But Mr. Jensen did not get change and did not return that money,” Edwards said.

    “The net result is he took that money without the owner’s consent.”