Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 25

    25 Years Ago
    As expected, Rockwood Electric Utility’s bank account was dropping faster than the temperature. REU board members decided a few months prior to absorb a TVA increase instead of passing it on to customers. Cash reserves get low when REU pays TVA before customers pay REU. According to REU Manager Charles Johnson, this happens every year. It usually takes three or four months to regain normal cash flow.

    10 Years Ago

  • Arrests: Jan. 13-18

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

    Jan. 13 — Janice Marie Bunch, 33, 3077 Roane State Hwy., Harriman: failure to appear, violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Total bond $6,000; court date March 26.

    • Karen Weaver Clough, 49, 135 Carroll Ave., Harriman: violation implied consent law. Total bond $1,000; court date March 26.

  • Births: Jan. 10-14

    Babies born at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, to Roane County parents:

    Jan. 10 — Krystal and Kevin Hicks, Rockwood. A girl, Vivian Nichole, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents: Tammy Hicks and Randy Hicks; Lisa King; Michael Gamble.

    Jan. 12 — Emily Gale Cox, Harriman. A boy, Bronson Cole, 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

  • Museum to showcase new sustainable shelter display

    Innovative home building technologies and strategies that can help restore the health and viability of natural systems are explored in “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature” exhibition opening Feb. 1 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    Just as birds select and gather materials from their environments to fashion safe and nurturing nests, humans use natural resources to build homes to meet an array of needs and desires.

  • GUEST OPINION: Newspapers best source for public notice

    TPA Public Policy Director
    When the First Congress met in New York City in 1789, the Acts of the First Session required the new government to publish all bills, orders, resolutions and congressional votes in at least three newspapers.

    A few years later, Tennessee adopted its constitution. It requires the legislature to “publish” any amendment approved by the General Assembly, giving notice that the next legislature also will have to vote on it.

  • Public Notice Week — why you should care

    Should government keep public notices in newspapers?

    There are four words to consider:
    • Government
    • Public
    • Notice
    • Newspapers

    Only one of those words really matters — public.

    The issue of whether government should require the publication of public notices in newspapers is not about anything other than what is in the public’s best interest.

    This issue is not about what is good for government.

    It is not about what is good for newspapers.

  • McKinney column moves

    Roane County News latest columnist. Josephine McKinney, is no stranger to writing.

    McKinney, 90, has been writing for about 50 years. Her “Round Rockwood” society column is being moved from the Rockwood Times to every Monday’s edition of the Roane County News.

    The newspapers Rockwood Times and the Harriman Record, which were combined into a single weekly about a year ago, are being discontinued. Most of the content is being moved into the Roane County News.

  • Yager seeks legislative pages

    State Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman is seeking local students to work as pages in the State Senate.  

    Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

    They report to the chief clerk of the House and Senate.

    “This is the best civics lesson I can imagine,” said Yager. “Student pages are right there with us on the Senate floor.

    They get a unique front-row view of the lawmaking process.”

  • Green Wave splits with Cherokees in 3-A action

    The Midway Green Wave and Greenback Cherokees renewed their longtime rivalry Friday night with the two schools splitting the games played.

  • Roane State picks up conference split

    Three-pointers spelled the demise of the Roane State Raiderettes Saturday evening, giving up seven treys in a 76-61 loss to the Cleveland State Lady Cougars in TJCCAA Conference play.