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Today's News

  • County boards history?

    Some County Commission committees are required by state law.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis wants to do away with the ones that aren’t.

    Ellis and fellow District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson have filed a resolution for Monday’s regular meeting that calls for abolishing 24 Commission boards and committees.

    The idea, Ellis said, originated with Commission Chairman Ron Berry.

    “When he became chairman a few years ago, he made the comment that he would like for us to go to doing workshops,” Ellis said.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS

    For years many of the residents of Van Stowe Road have gone above and beyond to make their neighborhood one of the merriest places to be around the Christmas season.

    The unassuming road may not seem like Christmas central at first, but as you crest a hill and pass under a row of lighted archways you quickly find out the source of the nearby glow you were seeing, as numerous houses go all out with lights, inflatables, nativities and more.

  • Outdoor Kingston boosts dog park

    A Kingston nonprofit organization is raising money to build the county’s first dog park on land adjacent to the walking trail at Fort Southwest Point.

    Members of the Outdoor Kingston Foundation presented the Kingston City Council with preliminary plans to create “Fort Paws” at a workshop Tuesday.

    The park would provide a safe place for dogs to run free to play with other dogs and their families, said Outdoor Kingston Board Chairman Charles Elmore.

  • Equipment failure puts raw sewage in Emory

    Raw sewage overflowed from a malfunctioning pump station in Harriman this weekend.

    “We had an equipment failure at the Walnut Hill pump station that caused the pumps not to start as the level in the wet well rose creating the overflow. This is not normal operating procedure and we continually are working on ways to prevent this type of occurrence,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager.

    The station is on the bank where the inlet from the Emory River comes in across from Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Harriman officials OK splash pad study

    Harriman is moving forward with plans to develop a splash pad for local youth.

    The proposed cost of the splash pad is around $400,000, and officials gave City Manager Kevin Helms the OK to start looking at moving forward but not spending money yet.

  • Roane County Jail certified for another year

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year on Wednesday.

    “We’re excited to keep that certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The TCI inspected the Roane County Jail twice this year – once in August and again in October. Overcrowding issues were noted during both inspections. Stockton said there’s not much his office can do about that.

  • ‘Polar Express’ heads to Harriman

    Roane State Community College will have a free showing of “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    The film is rated G. The showing is part of the Princess Theater Foundation’s Christmas 2017 at the Princess.

  • Senior bowlers bowling big numbers and big high scores

    SENIOR BOWLERS

    December 1

    1st High Game------Donna Wright, Joyce Fain---462

    2nd High Game----Paula Murphy, Ken Altes---469

    3rd High Game ----Paula Murphy, Ken Altes--440

    High Scores today ------Non reported

    High Series today---- Elke Hansard, Beverly Zeilman---1326

    High Series For November------- Connie Millhollon, Harold Zeilman--1293

    High Averages---------Loretta Carrington 161, Rick Alderfer—200

  • Blue Devils swept by Eagles

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    The Harriman Blue Devils traveled to Oakdale on Friday evening, but it was the Eagles who went “downtown” as they shot the lights out and sent the Devils home with their first district loss by a final score of 83-68.

    “We shot a good percentage from the 3-point line the last few games. We shoot an even better percentage when we take shots in rhythm” says Oakdale coach Travis Nelson.

  • Midway drops district opener

    By McKenzie Sherman

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A defensive battle between two teams, Midway and Sunbright boys’ basketball teams faced off Friday night in what started out as a back-to-back scoring challenge.

    Winning that challenge, the Sunbright Tigers topped the Midway Green Wave 77-61 as Sunbright head coach Thomas David was impressed with the way his players carried themselves during the competition.