Today's News

  • 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.

  • TVA schools teachers about South’s native plants

    Several dozen elementary and high school science teachers from Tennessee and nearby states attended TVA’s “plant camp” last week at Camp John Knox on Watts Bar Lake.

    For the past three years TVA has been conducting the educational program for teachers.

    The two-and-a-half-day experience involved learning about native and non-native plants that inhabit the Southeast

    John Byrd, a researcher with Mississippi State provided a history of how invasive plants were transported to North America over centuries of colonization.

  • Followers of God’s Word eyeing city-owned building

    A vacant city-owned building may get new life as a house of God.

    Followers of God’s Word Church members sought out the property for their ministry.

    “We are looking for a church home,” said Bro. Joseph Key.

    Harriman City Council will discuss a lease agreement with church members for the Woody Street building that was once used for some law-enforcement operations.

    Discussion will take place during the Council meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • It’s Jim Henry Day in Roane

    Numerous events are planned for Jim Henry Day, which is today – Monday.

    Henry, a former mayor of Kingston currently serving as chief of staff for Gov. Bill Haslam, is being honored for his dedication to the county, state and country.

    One of the events planned for today is a celebration luncheon at Roane State at 11 a.m. A $50 donation payable to the Roane County Heritage Commission is suggested.

    “I think we’re expecting about 300 people for the luncheon,” said Ron Berry, chairman of the Roane County Commission.

  • Judge recuses self from Ahler, Scarborough land suit

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has recused himself from a lawsuit over a land dispute between Dr. Julian Ahler and blogger Steve Scarborough.

    “The court knows the individual parties and most all, if not all, of the witnesses,” Pemberton said in his order of recusal. “That, in and of itself, is both not unusual nor a grounds for recusal. However, the court is also very familiar with the land and area that is the subject of this lawsuit.”

  • Violation charge against RCHS teacher dismissed

    Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge against Roane County High School teacher John Plemens last week.

    Plemens was arrested in May, accused of violating an order of protection that Garvin Morris took out on him.

    “Mr. Morris showed officers on his cellphone where he had two missed calls from Mr. Plemens on May 2 at 6:18 p.m.,” the warrant said. “Officers confirmed through the clerk’s office that Mr. Morris did have an order of protection on Mr. Plemens and Mr. Plemens was to have no contact with Mr. Morris.”

  • Lady Devils douse Green Wave for softball title

    By Melissa Coley


    If one word could describe the Clinch River Valley middle school softball state sectional tournament championship game between Midway and Harriman then that word would be “WOW”.

    It took extra innings to decide the winner and with the score tied at 9-9 after the regulated time had expired, the international tie-breaker rule goes into effect with a runner (the last out of the previous inning) taking 2nd base.