Today's News

  • Lots of family fun at Thunder Road Festival

    Rockwood’s Thunder Road Festival on Saturday is open not only to moonshiners — buckaroos of all ages are welcome, too.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller will kick off festivities with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

    Vendors and cars of all makes and models will be on the downtown streets.

    Other festivities include a best costume contest for moonshiner or hillbilly, a Barre Exercise demonstration at 11:15 a.m. and musical entertainment.

    A parts alley will be available for car parts vendors.

  • Forgetting Easter a big lesson in remembrance

    By Chuck Griffin • For Roane Newspapers

    Several years ago, back when I could easily call myself a young adult, I awoke after sleeping in one Sunday morning and went about my usual routine.

    I ate a late breakfast, watched television on the couch and wandered through the day carrying out some other activities that must have been fairly mindless, as I cannot remember them now.

    It was only later in the day, prompted by an item on the evening news, that I discovered something.

    It was Easter Sunday.

  • West Hills Presbyterian marking 50 years

    By Jeff Jenkins • For Roane Newspapers

    West Hills Presbyterian Church, at 506 West Hills Drive in Harriman, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in April.

    A reunion celebration is planned for April 19, with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. and catered reunion meal to follow.

    Former members and worshippers are invited to attend this special celebration.

    Contact the church at 882-6640 or harrimanpca@gmail.com for information and to RSVP.

  • Hoppiness is ... hanging with the Easter Bunny
  • Pierce trial set for July

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce is set to go to trial in July.

    He is set for a three-day jury trial beginning July 14 on the allegations of official misconduct, theft of property and fradulant use of a credit/debit card.

    A status hearing was held on the case Tuesday.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller had no comment about the case, but he hopes to see the city move past the scandal.

    “I think it is something the city of Rockwood needs to get behind them,” he said.

  • Robotics team shows stuff at Michael Dunn Center

    The theme for this year’s high school robotics competition is Recycle Rush.

    It was fitting, then, that Roane County High School’s robotics team did something for the Michael Dunn Center’s recycling program.

    The center helps people with special needs and disabilities be more independent.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Random thoughts on the passing scene

    Gentle reader, as you have no doubt observed, the transfer of power brought about by the 2014 election whereby the Democrats lost their majority in the Senate, has stimulated a certain triumphalism in the Republicans.

  • On the hunt
  • Accused wife-shooter out of jail

    Former police officer Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, 41, who is accused of shooting estranged wife Jenny Gambrell, bonded out of jail on Wednesday.

    He had been in the Roane County Jail since March 21, when he is charged with shooting Jenny Gambrell multiple times and holding Roane County sheriff’s deputies at bay for several hours at her home.

    He had a bond-reduction hearing this week.

  • Cyclists expected to roll in for race

    Two-wheel competitors are expected to flock to Roane County for the return of a successful cycling event.

    The Roane County Omnium is back, now more fittingly called the Three River Rumble.

    It starts Saturday, April 18, and features a weekend full of road bike racing in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

    “Last year we drew in just over 125,” said Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler, a retired competitive cyclist and part of the organizing. “We expect this year to draw over 200 people.”