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Today's News

  • Tractor Supply Co. celebrates grand opening

    Tractor Supply Co. in Rockwood officially opened its doors with a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on May 21.

    Manager Susan Brown thanked the city of Rockwood, Interstate Properties and the Roane County Chamber of Commerce for all of their help in getting Tractor Supply to Rockwood and Roane County.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts thanked Brown and all employees for coming to Rockwood, and Roane Chamber Director of Business Development Darrell Williams thanked everyone with Tractor Supply and all of those gathered for the celebration. 

  • Memory Lane Antiquities opens with ribbon cutting

    Memory Lane Antiquities at 507 N. Roane St., Harriman, had a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting celebration May 14, courtesy of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce.

    Attending are Pat Mynatt, Harriman City Council member Ken Mynatt, Jimbo Duncan, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, owners Steffany and Ronnie Gilmore, Harriman City Council members Chase Tedder and Kenyon Mee, Philip Kelly and Heather Williams. 

  • Pinnacle Pointe developers suing official

    Business partners Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham are suing Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley for $3.3 million.

    Duncan and Kirkham allege Kerley damaged their reputations in a letter to the editor that was printed in the Roane County News last August.

    “These allegations by Charles R. Kerley were publicly printed and were untrue and constitute the defamatory acts of libel and slander,” the lawsuit states.  

  • '07 audit chastised Harriman mayoral hopefuls

    The past could come back to haunt the candidates in this year’s race for Harriman mayor.

    Both incumbent Mayor Chris Mason and opponent Wayne Best were accused of wrongdoing in the 2007 audit prepared by the municipal division of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    Best, serving as fire chief at the time, was accused of attempting to use city funds to purchase a toolbox for his private vehicle.

    Best has long denied that claim.

  • Heroes of Tomorrow: Young people tell why they enlisted

    Rockwood's Josh Rose: 'Being part of something bigger'

  • TBI: Human trafficking reported in Roane

    Both adult and minor human sex trafficking has been reported in Roane County, according to a recent study by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Roane wasn’t alone, however.

    The study showed that a majority of the state’s counties have made reports about human sex trafficking.  

    “The results of the study are shocking,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn wrote. “Human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee is more common than previously believed possible.”

  • DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested June 1 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

    The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for three to five minutes.

    The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Rainwater falls in semis

    Kingston senior Sarah Rainwater's hopes of winning the TSSAA Class A-AA State Tournament came to an end Thursday evening with a 6-1, 6-0 loss against Christ Presbyterian Academy sophomore Sydney Campbell in the tournament's semifinals.

  • Best can owe taxes – until swear-in time

    Having a tax debt does not bar someone from being a mayoral candidate in Harriman.

    “The official oath is the kicker as far as I’m aware,” City Attorney Harold Balcom said.

    The Harriman City Charter requires elected officials to take an oath of office.

    That oath requires them to swear “that I am not indebted to the state, the county of Roane, or the city of Harriman, on account of any lawful tax against me now due and unpaid.”  

  • Walking on water: Barefoot water skiers stay on their toes

    Swan Pond resident Don Simon has a suggestion for water sport enthusiasts looking for a new challenge: Try barefoot skiing.

    “What I’m trying to promote in this area is to get more people to barefoot,” said Simon, who describes himself as a hardcore barefooter.

    Simon and a group of his peers took advantage of some beautiful weather recently for some barefoot skiing on the Emory River.

    The outing was part of a clinic with world record holder and champion barefoot skier Keith St. Onge.