Today's News

  • New federal trial date for Rocky Houston

    Rocky Houston’s Aug. 19 trial on federal firearms charges has been continued.
    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. appointed Michael McGovern to represent Houston on July 31 after Houston complained about his previous attorney.

    “The court finds that to require defense counsel to proceed to trial on Aug. 19 would be a miscarriage of justice,” Shirley said in his order continuing the trial.
    “Mr. McGovern needs time to meet with the defendant, to review discovery, and to interview witnesses.”

  • Bank building appraisal cut by more than $2 million

    The Roane County Board of Equalization didn’t think the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman should be appraised at $3.633 million.
    The assessor’s office raised it to that amount earlier this year.
    On Tuesday equalization board chairman T.H. Brown said the board decided the appraisal should be $1.050 million.     
    “That was our final adjustment this morning,” Brown said at the conclusion of Tuesday’s equalization board meeting.

  • Veterans outreach event slated Aug. 21

    A veterans outreach event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in Harriman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598 on Tub Springs Road.
    The event is to assist veterans and their families with claims assistance, educational resources and other concerns.
    Representatives from state, local and nonprofit agencies will be available to help veterans and their families in Roane, Anderson, Meigs, Morgan and Rhea counties.
    Contact Bonnie Johnson, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs benefits representative, at 594-6158 for more information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Isn’t it time school board learned a lesson?

    Ah, gentle reader, there are some things which just go on and on and on, no matter what anyone says or does, and the status of constant crisis in the Roane County School System is one of those things.
    We have been observing this situation for seventy years now, thus it has been during that whole time and present circumstances seem to promise no resolution in the next seventy years.

  • Bezos has chance to remake the newspaper model

    First Amendment Center
    Jeff Bezos made it clear in founding Amazon.com that he can compete in the marketplace.
    We’ll just have to wait and see if he can, and will, do the same thing in the marketplace of ideas — that equally combative zone protected and preserved by the First Amendment’s provision for a free press.

  • East Tennessee State University graduates: Spring 2013

    Six East Tennessee State University  students from Roane County were among the recipients of the 1,800 degrees awarded in two spring commencement ceremonies on the Johnson City campus.

    They are:

    Harriman — Steven D. Hansard, bachelor’s degree, criminal justice and criminology.

    Kingston — Lauren E. Couch and Holly M. Parkison, bachelor’s degrees, nursing.

  • Bowers students get bikes for perfect attendance

    Students at Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, with perfect attendance for the 2012-13 school year were each rewarded with a bicycle for their accomplishment.

    South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization presented the bicycles during the school’s annual awards day program.

    More than 100 bicycles and helmets have been given to students by the group since it began the program 10 years ago.

    The organization also presented gifts to Bowers’ color guard and a scholarship for a student to attend 4-H summer camp.

  • Church Calendar: Aug. 9-24

    FRIDAY, AUG. 9
    • Harriman Church of God will present Gospel recording artists The Shireys beginning at 7 p.m. The church is at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown. Call 882-3249 or 882-0407 for more information.

    FRIDAY, AUG. 16

  • Red Cross seeks shelter-team churches

    The American Red Cross Tennessee Mountain Valley welcomes Roane County area churches to partner with them to become shelter teams.

    “The training will aid the Red Cross when shelters need to be opened quickly” said Mary Beth Birge, director of emergency services for the East Tennessee Region.

    The Red Cross recently partnered with six shelter-team churches in Blount County.  

    Red Cross instructors trained 38 people in those churches.  

  • Tennessee Technological University dean's list: Spring 2013

    A number of Tennessee Technological University students from Roane County were named to the dean’s list for spring semester.

    They are: