Today's News

  • Arrr ye ready for Pirate Fest?

    This year’s Pirate Fest promises even more food, fun and entertainment than last year.

    The festival, planned for Oct. 7-8 on the Tennessee Medieval Faire grounds off Fiske Road in Harriman, will include pirates, colonial officials and a sundry gang of merchants and other 16th-century characters.

    They have all gathered at the mythical Caribbean town of Port Royal for a few days of celebration in honor of the governor’s birthday.

  • Man arrested for pot on Front Avenue

    A Rockwood man was arrested last month for allegedly growing marijuana at his residence.

    Christopher Beeson, 31, is charged with manufacturing, delivery, or sell of Schedule VI drugs.

    Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes took out the warrant on Beeson. Mayes said he discovered three large marijuana plants at Beeson’s residence at 525 N. Front Ave. in early September.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Calbaugh arrested Beeson on the warrant on Sept. 18.

  • Kingston among first in state to ramp it up for wheelchair-bound kayakers

    Kingston has installed one of the first wheelchair accessible kayak launch ramps in Tennessee.

    The ramp, which is located between the Race Street and Interstate 40 bridges over the Clinch River, allows easier access to the water for kayakers that use a wheelchair or have physical challenges.

    “The city came up with the idea. We have wanted one for some time,” said Rick Ross, Kingston Parks and Recreation Department director.

  • Road name a tribute to Henry’s son

    One of the people most near and dear to Jim Henry’s heart was his son, the late John Henry.

    Last year the Roane County Commission passed a resolution naming a stretch of Lawnville Road in John’s honor.

    The road sign was unveiled on Monday, which was Jim Henry Day in Roane County.

    “We’re honored to do this for John Henry,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “He was a very special young man.”

    The stretch of road named in John’s honor runs in front of the Henry property.

  • ‘No better place than this one’

    By Damon Lawrence and Hugh Willett

    Jim Henry had never heard the cannon fire at Fort Southwest Point.

    On Monday, he not only got to hear it, but he also got to fire it.

    That was just one of many honors accorded to Henry on Jim Henry Day.

    “I just want to thank all of you for coming out,” Henry told the crowd at the fort.

    That was one of numerous events held throughout the day for Henry.

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Become a tnAchieves mentor

    By WADE Creswell

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the state agency responsible for Tennessee’s community and technical colleges, released the long-awaited report that showed the state’s return on investment for Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program that offers tuition free college education to all new high school graduates.

    While progress could be seen incrementally and through countless individual stories, a thorough analysis of the results had been widely anticipated.

  • What’s the SCORE? Easy for employer to flub job interview, too

    By Dana Peterka

    In previous columns, we have discussed what to look for and how to surface needed information when conducting an employment interview.

    In this column, we will discuss common interviewer mistakes and things that the interviewer can do to increase the openness and frankness of the discussion with the job applicant.

    We will start with the top four common mistakes that employment interviewers make. Excluded from this discussion are questions such as age, marital status and religion that are illegal in an interview.

  • Get a SmartStart

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has introduced an innovative online tool, Tennessee SmartStart, which guides Tennessee entrepreneurs through the process of establishing their business.

    Tennessee SmartStart provides resources through an interactive, step-by-step guide designed to assist early stage business owners establish a business in Tennessee and navigate rules and regulations. SmartStart also offers existing business owners with resources to help grow their business.

  • You don’t SAY?!?

    Don’t worry about failure. You only have to be right once. — Drew Houston, Dropbox co-founder and CEO

    Any time is a good time to start a company. — Ron Conway, startup investor, SV Angel

    Done is better than perfect. — Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operations officer

    Business opportunities are like buses: There’s always another one coming. — Richard Branson, Virgin Group chairman and founder

  • Harriman Middle student hurt in trail bike crash

    A Harriman youth was injured Thursday evening when the Moto D50 trail bike she was riding was struck by a car at the intersection of Renfro Road and White Road in Harriman.

    Loretta Ketterer, 12, was airlifted to the University of Tennessee trauma center and then transferred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    “She will be out of commission for some time, but the great news is that there was no head, neck or back trauma and no serious internal injuries. My little Supergirl is going to be OK,” mother Charlotte Hayes Ketterer said.