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Today's News

  • Harriman Tour of Homes marks its 20th year of holiday tradition

    Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization welcomes the public to help celebrate the holiday season by touring some of the homes and businesses in The Town That Temperance Built.  

    The Tour of Homes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the public is welcome to help commemorate the special occasion that has become a Christmas tradition in Roane County.

    The two-day tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

  • RCHS students receive a distracted driving lesson

    Roane County High School DECA students recently took a stand against distracted driving.

    The program, headed by Brittney Hatton, Jessica Karb and Taylor Lindsey, primarily focused on texting.

    Students were given the opportunity to drive a golf cart through an obstacle course that was similar to a road course.

    The course contained pedestrian crossings, stop signs, speed changing signs and sharp curves.

  • Super Saturday slated to promote Shop Roane First

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce has taken its annual Shop Roane First program to the next level.  

    The Chamber’s board of directors has adopted a new promotional activity to support — as a whole and individually — a dedicated “shop local day” this holiday season to remind consumers that it helps the county, the Chamber and area businesses to Shop Roane First.

  • Bowers sweeps poster contest
  • Busy weekend for Babahatchie
  • School board cited

    Roane County Board of Education was recently recognized as a Board of Distinction by the Tennessee School Boards Association.

    TSBA’s Board of Distinction Program recognizes outstanding performance by a school board as a whole in the areas of planning, policy, promotion and board development.  

    To qualify, boards must meet specific standards within a two-year period.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Nancy L. Dukes, financial responsibility Feb. 1. Dismissed March 12, cost to state.

    Thomas W. Smalling, speeding Aug. 23, 2009. Dismissed March 12, cost to defendant.

    Thomas W. Smalling, financial responsibility Aug. 23. Dismissed March 12, cost to state.

    Brenda M. Boughton, speeding Aug. 26, 2009. Dismissed March 12, cost to defendant.

  • Houstons jailed again

    Frank V. Williams III is a no-nonsense judge, as brothers Rocky and Leon Houston found out the hard way on Thursday.

    Williams had both jailed for contempt after he ruled they were out of order in his courtroom.

    Rocky was first.

    “Arrest that man and take him to jail,” Williams ordered.

    Leon would suffer the same fate moments later.

    “Sheriff, arrest this man right here for contempt and take him to jail,” Williams said to deputies in the courtroom.

  • Hospital architect chosen

    Covenant Health has selected the architect who will be drawing the plans for a new hospital to replace Roane Medical Center’s current operations in downtown Harriman.

    Jodi Harris of Covenant’s marketing and public relations division said Knoxville-based The Lewis Group was selected to design the complex.

  • Last ash train leaves for Alabama

    The time-critical phase of the ash spill cleanup is over.

    The last train shipment of ash left the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday evening.

    “It’s very exciting,” said Kathryn Nash, senior manager for operations for the cleanup. “A lot of people have put a lot of work into this, and a lot of hours.”

    Steve McCracken, general manager for the ash spill cleanup, said the last shipment was delayed a day because of rain.