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Today's News

  • Oh, deer!

    With Swan Pond Baptist Church in the background, one of nature’s more docile creatures takes a leisurely afternoon stroll in the shadow of TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Steampunk goes aboard the Titanic: Harriman designers create costumes for Museum festivities

    Harriman’s Steps In Tyme Designs continues to be recognized for unique steampunk costume pieces, and people can take a look at some of the fascinating creations at a Thanksgiving event at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.

    “We are costuming 20 people for a Steampunk Masquerade on Thanksgiving night,” said R.J. Foster, who owns Steps In Tyme with his wife, Roseanna.

    “It is part of their Winterfest kickoff up there. They contacted us to assist with the steampunk stuff. The costumes will be on the actors I cast for the event.”

  • After free wood dust-up, Ferguson rekindles program

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he plans to restart his free wood program today – Monday – after shutting it down briefly earlier this month.

    The short demise apparently stemmed from a disagreement with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who has questioned the legality of the program.

    “I didn’t threaten to shut it down,” Ferguson said. “I shut it down because he wanted a letter from the District Attorney General.”

  • Fire investigation

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes, left, and Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile investigated some potential evidence at the scene of Friday’s forest fire off Spring Street in Kingston.

    Heavy equipment heads into the hills off of Kingston’s Spring Street Friday evening to fight a forest fire.

  • County takes steps toward buying store beside jail

    Roane County officials want to have further discussions about the Dollar General Store before appropriating $25,000 to secure an option on the building.

    A resolution calling for such a move was on the County Commission’s Nov. 14 agenda. By a 13-0 vote, it was deferred to the property, jail study and sheriff’s liaison committees.

    “I think we want to move fairly fast on it, but we still have to make sure it goes through the proper channels,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

  • Man pleads to sex abuse of 4-year-old

    The “accused” label was taken off Shawn D. McDavid last week.

    The 32-year-old Harriman man is now convicted of a Class C felony after pleading guilty on Nov. 16 to attempted aggravated sexual battery.

    His victim was 4 years old.

  • Home Sweet Home: Workers, retirees drawn to Caney Creek RV living

    By Peter Forton

    Caney Creek RV Resort, tucked away along the edge of Watts Bar Lake in Midtown, is a unique community of people who’ve come to the resort for a multitude of reasons.

    The relatively small resort with 178 sites is a short distance from Interstate 40 — and waterfront lifestyle have attracted visitors from around the U.S.

  • Roane State’s Keeling earns national award

    Roane State Community College’s Amy Keeling has won a national award from an 11,000-member academic advising organization for doing what she loves: helping students chart their paths.

    Keeling, the college’s director of Curriculum, Program Planning and Advising, is the only community college official in the United States to receive the recognition.

    She received the Outstanding Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association, also known as the Global Community for Academic Advising.

  • Pierce tackles working women’s issues in China

    Pat Pierce of Harriman made a presentation last month in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai Women’s Federation conference, the International Forum for Women’s Development — International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility.

    Pierce, a retired Vanderbilt University administrator, discussed “Barriers Facing Working Women,” a topic she researched both in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Surf’s Up Car Wash opening celebrated in Harriman

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opening of Surf’s Up Car Wash at 1821 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.