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Today's News

  • Contest enables Randolph to do some serious holiday buying

    “I thought someone was playing a trick on me — and I expected to hear it was just a joke.”

    That’s how Mark Randolph, a construction worker from Harriman, described how he felt upon learning that his name had been drawn as the winner of this year’s Roane County Chamber of Commerce Shopping Spree.

    The Chamber and the Roane County News sponsor the annual shopping spree, with the Roane County News providing the $500 cash prize.

  • Solar Innovation Grant application workshop set

    The Tennessee Solar Institute will conduct a workshop in Knoxville this week for its second round of Solar Innovation Grants.

    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 on the University of Tennessee campus in University Center Room 225 at 1502 W. Cumberland Ave.

    The workshop is designed to walk potential grant applicants through the Solar Innovation Grant application process.

    TSI staff will be available to answer questions applicants may have as they prepare a proposal for submission.

  • Lady Jackets, Yellow Jackets defeated by Governors and Panthers

    Ten 3-point baskets helped the William Blount Lady Governors take a 65-42 victory over the Kingston Lady Jackets on Thursday.
    Kingston scored the first seven points of the game, but the Lady Governors were not overwhelmed by the their opponent’s good start. They outscored Kingston 14-2 the rest of the period.
    William Blount had a solid second quarter and led 28-16 halftime.
    Things got worse for Kingston after halftime and it trailed 50-28 at the end of the third quarter.

  • Kingston falls to Dresden and Farragut at Lenoir City Holiday Classic

    A 22-point deficit was too much for the Kingston Lady Jackets to overcome as they fell to the Dresden Lady Lions 53-47 at the Lenoir City Holiday Classic. Kingston had an 11-9 lead at the end of the first period, but a 21-5 Dresden run in the second quarter made the score 30-16 at half-time.
    Dresden started off the third period on an 8-0 surge, but the Lady Jackets came swarming backwith a 12-4 tilt to make the score 42-28 at the end of the third period.

  • Harriman Christmas Classic
  • Nearly 100 sex offenders call Roane home

    Know where your loved ones are at all times.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that’s his advice for people who have a sex offender living in their neighborhood.  

    “Particularly if you have children,” Stockton said. “Always know where they are.”

    A search of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry shows 91 sex offenders living in Roane County.

    That’s more than Loudon (79), but less than Cumberland (114).

  • Jobless rate up, Roane reclaims state’s 4th lowest

    Roane County was among 85 of Tennessee’s 95 counties that experienced a surge in its unemployment rate for
    November, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Though the county’s 7.6-percent November rate was marginally higher than October’s 7.3 percent, Roane County reclaimed its No. 4 spot among counties with the lowest-ranking unemployment figures across the state.

  • 'NCIS' storyline puts Watson in spotlight

    It’s been a big year for Roane County’s resident thespian.

    Muse Watson, the actor who calls the area home and whose passion for the arts helped save Harriman’s Princess Theater, spent the majority of 2010 working steadily in California.

    “We have a home out there, and so we’re out there 90 percent of the time,” he said during a recent pre-holiday respite in his Harriman home. “We used to spend a third of the year here in Roane County.”

  • Santa hears Christmas wishes at Harriman Sears

    Four-year-old Amber Bailey demurely approaches Santa Claus during a stop by Sears in Harriman.

    St. Nick took time to visit with the younger sect and hear some last-minute list additions a few days before Christmas.

  • Coats for the Cold keep on giving in Roane

    More than 150 people were helped during the 16th annual Coats for the Cold.

    The charity, spearheaded by Dennis Ferguson, starts with coat collections by the public. The outerwear is then cleaned and made available to the public.

    “We gave coats out to people in the community that needed them," said Ferguson, who began the humanitarian effort during his longtime stint in the Tennessee General Assembly. “We didn’t want anybody to go cold.”