Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 23

    25 Years Ago
    Candidates for Harriman City Council faced two main issues: attracting new industry and dealing with sewer-rate increases. The average residential sewer bill was scheduled to increase 60 percent and commercial rates by more than 100 percent to fund the state-ordered construction of a new wastewater treatment facility.

    10 Years Ago

  • Fundraiser proceeds to help Peters family

    A June fundraising event is planned to help the family of a 12-year-old Rockwood girl who recently succumbed to spinal meningitis.

    The benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 in the parking area at Precision Cuts/Tennessee Career Center on North Gateway Avenue, Rockwood.

    All proceeds will go to the family of Morgan Peters to help with expenses incurred from her sudden illness and death.

    Morgan was the daughter of Andy and Amanda Peters of Rockwood.

  • Madisyn Denise Ross

    Madisyn Denise Ross was born at 6:41 p.m. May 2 in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Eric and Brandi Ross of Knoxville.

    Grandparents are Robin Barnes of Spring City and Darrell Barnes of Rockwood.

    Great-grandparents are Dorothy Allen and Della Barnes.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Fritts 40th

    Edward and Judy Fritts, formerly of Harriman, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 9.

    A reception celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. June 9 in rooms B and C of Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant near Crossville. Light refreshments will be served.

    All relatives and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts or cards. The occasion will be casual dress.

  • Parkison-Bentley

    Michael and Karen Parkison of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Leann, to Ryan Bentley.

    He is the son of Mark and Kelly Bentley of Knoxville.

    The ceremony will be at 4 p.m. June 9 in Laurel Bluff Baptist Church.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lane and Sylvia Parkison of Kingston, and Mitchell and Peggy Grosch of Manchester.

  • No charges in Cawood profanity tirade

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood exercised his right to free speech at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Monday — with a profanity laced tirade.

    Cawood wanted to give a piece of mail to Roane County Jail inmate Ralph O’Neal, but Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said policy requires that be sent via the post office. Cawood initially spoke with sheriff’s assistant Beth Sams and then demanded to speak to a supervisor.

  • Grads say farewell to high school
  • Special tyke gets outside place to play

    “We were told she wouldn’t get to come home,” Kingston resident Royal Sampson of her now 5-year-old daughter, Klaire, the youngest of  five children.

    Born on Jan. 14, 2007, with a rare chromosome disorder, trisomy 14 mosaic, Klaire eats through a feeding tube, breathes through a tracheostomy tube, sleeps on a ventilator 15 hours a day and gets around by scooting on the ground.

  • Rockwood dismissal suits vice mayor

    Rockwood City Council passed a resolution concerning the dismissal of former finance officer Joby Lancaster at its  meeting Monday.

    For Vice Mayor Peggy Evans, Lancaster’s dismissal didn’t come soon enough.

    “I’m just sorry we didn’t do it three years ago,” Evans said, referring to the time frame that the problems with late payments to the IRS first started occuring.


    A joint resolution honoring Roane State Community College for being named among the nation’s best community colleges is on display at the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Roane State was ranked 27th among the top 500 community colleges nationwide, according to a StateUniversity.com survey released in March.

    Senate Joint Resolution 669 by state Sen. Randy McNally, state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley recognized the achievement.