Today's News

  • Legal bills footed for Rockwood official

    Rockwood has approved paying the legal fees Vice Mayor Peggy Evans incurred when she retained an attorney to deal with ethics violations lodged against her by building inspector Jim Hines.
    City officials said a check totaling $1,960 was written to Evans on March 26.
    At the April 23 Rockwood City Council meeting, former Rockwood City Councilman Harold Ishman took issue with the payment of the fee — including that Evans voted to pay it to herself.
    He felt it was ethically inappropriate for Evans to vote on something that benefited her.

  • Hurley’s welfare drug-test bill gets legislative approval

    State Rep. Julia Hurley’s drug testing for welfare recipients bill passed the House on Tuesday by a 73-17 vote.
    The bill passed the Senate last month and will now head to the governor.
    The bill was controversial and sparked some heated debate on the House floor Tuesday.
    “Thanks for bringing this bill,” said state Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester.
    “I applaud what you’re doing,” said state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale. “As an airline pilot, I get drug tested every time we turn around.”

  • Harvey-Woody

    Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harvey announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sandra Gail Harvey, to Brad Edward Woody.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 19 in Calvary Baptist Church, Wartburg.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

  • Shaw-Lowery

    Brenda H. Shaw and John W. Shaw Jr. of Rockwood announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Aleia Shaw to James Lowery.

    He is the son of Kathy and James L. Lowery of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 12 in Eureka Baptist Church, Rockwood.

    A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at Eureka Baptist Church.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Rockwood High School. She is a certified nurse assistant for The Bridge at Rockwood.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 2

    25 Years Ago
    Tennessee’s safety belt law celebrated its one-year anniversary. Fatality figures for the year recorded a 40-percent drop which officials attributed to increased safety belt use.

    10 Years Ago

  • Poster contest to boost elder abuse awareness

    Roane County ElderWatch is observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by educating the public to the problem through a children’s poster contest for ages 6-12.

    There are two contest themes: “Are Grandma and Grandpa OK: What Does Elder Abuse Look Like to You?” and “What Would the World Look Like Free of Elder Abuse?”

    Children will compete in age categories of 6-8 and 9-12.

    Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

  • THP to conduct license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first checkpoint will be from 10 to 11 p.m. May 4 on Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road, Midtown.

    Another checkpoint is planned from 9 to 10 a.m. May 11 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road, Harriman.

    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.

  • OUR OPINION: Tenn. school handles Jesus costume well

    First Amendment Center
    A couple of unexpected things happened at Summit High School in Spring Hill, earlier this year.

    The first was that sophomore Jeff Shott showed up at the public high school to participate in “fictional character day” dressed as Jesus.

    The second was that he was not expelled.

  • Nuts & Bolts: Mayfield campaign flack curdles over ‘sour’ headline

    Roane County has its share of political hijinx, but generally, they don’t involve congressional candidates.

    That changed last week when Republican dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield was in Roane County stumping for the 3rd District Congressional seat.

    Mayfield’s 33-year-old son, Michael, was caught on security camera vandalizing the vehicle of a staff member for his father’s incumbent opponent, Chuck Fleischmann.

  • Harriman club hits century mark

    Harriman Drama Club is 100 years old this year, and it’s got a rich history of women who enjoyed time together over a good story.

    The club members will be celebrating the milestone with a dinner at Adelaide’s in Kingston on Wednesday, May 2, at 1 p.m.

    “We’re going to wear hats, maybe period hats,” said Jo Hardin, celebration committee chairwoman.

    The luncheon will kick off with the women meeting on the porch with their hats for photographs.