Today's News

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of July 12 on Pansy Hill Road in Roane County.

    Another checkpoint will be the week of July 26 on Fiske Heights Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • New TVA credit union now open

    TVA Employees Credit Union opened its newly constructed branch in mid-June with a week of giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The new facilities are at 1916 Roane State Hwy., in the Midtown area of Harriman.

    Hours are from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 8 :30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Kingston revved up for holiday boat races

    The long wait is nearly over.

    Anticipation is high as Kingston Parks and Recreation officials work this week to bring popular powerboat races back to the city’s waterfront for the first time in almost two decades.

    The American Powerboat Association will have its Pro Class national championship races at Fort Southwest Point, with trials beginning Monday July 1, and racing heats to follow July 2-4.

  • America’s pastime
  • Sand Gnats win Harriman title
  • Dixie Youth tourneys set for busy week

    Greenback, Tellico Plains, Spring City and Tellico Plains will all be hopping this week, as all will be hosting Dixie Youth district tournaments at some point over the next five days.
    Greenback and Tellico Plains will be busy early in the week, as the Dixie Youth District 8 A and AA tournaments are set to conclude. Both tournaments started Friday and are set to conclude on Tuesday. Both tournaments, however, are round robin tournaments with five teams participating, and both could run into Wednesday if there any ties that need broken.

  • Pub quest continues with beer board

    Roma L. Christopher isn’t giving up her quest for a beer permit. She re-filed her application last week. 
    Christopher, who wants to sell beer at the Grill & Pub under a different name, appeared before the Roane County Beer Board on June 11. Chairman Copper Bacon got no response from the other four members when he asked for a motion to hear Christopher’s application.  
    “The board is not going to listen to your application,” Bacon told Christopher.
    She asked for an explanation, but wasn’t given one.

  • VW distribution center opens

    If someone wants to build an Audi A4, they could find all the parts at Volkswagen’s new Southeast Regional Distribution Center in Roane County.
    “That means we’ll have nuts, screws, bolts, windshields, tires, engines, transmissions, sheet metal,” Volkswagen’s Vice President of Parts and Vehicle Logistics Anu Goel said. “Anything you need to build the car, we’ll have stored in this building.”

  • Good morrow at the fair?

    The sounds, smells and colorful imagery of medieval England may soon be mere minutes away.
    Darkhorse Design wants to set up a permanent Renaissance Fair on what is known as the industrial park property off Fiske Road in Harriman.
    Company representatives  believe the location, from its easy proximity to the interstate and large metropolitan areas to the fact there are not any permanent fairs nearby, makes it an ideal location.
    “It is an all-day fun event for the whole community,” said Barrie Paulson, business manager.

  • Vanishing rapist caught

    Charles Daniel Mullins is back in custody after leading authorities on a manhunt. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the search for the registered sex offender ended Wednesday night when Mullins was arrested at a home on Unaka Street in Harriman. 

    “We just kind of cornered him in, and he didn’t have anywhere to go,” Stockton said. “We arrested him without incident.”
    Mullins is classified as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.