Today's News

  • Credit debt dwindling, but still a big problem

    While a recent study indicates that overall credit card debt has declined over the last year, with average cardholder debt still topping $6,500, paying off balances is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.
    A person with $6,500 in credit card debt at an 18-percent interest rate will take 25 years to pay off their debt if they only make the minimum monthly payments.
    In addition to the $6,500 principal, cardholders will pay an additional $9,173 in interest, meaning that $6,500 in purchases will cost the consumer $15,673.

  • RSCC Youth Leadership Academy teaches students important lessons

    Effective leadership requires organization, a commitment to teamwork and an open mind.
    Students participating in the Roane County Youth Leadership Academy at Roane State Community College were taught these lessons and many others during the weeklong program in June.
    The six rising high school seniors participated in classroom discussions about leadership and in numerous exercises designed to teach them to work together.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Looking for value in hard times? Here’s help

    Like you, I’m pretty much a very, very loyal grocery shopper.
    Over the years, I’ve chosen to spend money with folks who spend theirs with me.
    Hence, I search their ads in the newspaper each week to determine what I am going to buy where.
    I honestly can’t recall a moment when I went out on a “jag” and plunked down serious cash for an item I hadn’t thought out.
    Well, I guess I do have to admit I once rushed out to a convenience store on Christmas morning for batteries for one of Jon Clark’s Christmas gifts.

  • Truax-Stout

    Stephanie Truax of Kingston and Justin Stout of Harriman announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 in New Midway Baptist Church, Kingston.

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

    The bride is the daughter of Russell Truax and the late Joann Truax of Rockwood.

    The groom is the son of John Stout of Harriman and the late Sandra Stout.

  • Mr & Mrs. Cofer

    Amanda Redmon and Mark Cofer were married on April 30 at Hidden Mountain Resort in Sevierville.

    The Rev. Mike Winters officiated during the afternoon ceremony.

    Beth Fink of Rockwood attended her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were the bride’s friend, Lynette Knight of Smyrna; the bride’s sister, Maeghan Redmon of Rockwood; and Arial Cofer of Rockwood, the bride’s stepdaughter. The bride’s niece, Bella Fink of Rockwood, served as flower girl.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Leffew

    Emese Suranyi and Greg Leffew, both of Rockwood, were married on May 28 at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Knoxville.

    The Rev. Jason Gattis officiated during the 4 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dr. Leslie and Mary Suranyi of Ontario, Canada.

    The groom is the son of Billy H. Leffew and Dolores B. Leffew of Rockwood.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Andrea Proctor served as maid of honor, and Sarah  Proctor was flower girl.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 13

    25 Years Ago
    Approximately eight miles of continuous welded rail was installed between Harriman and Rockwood by the Southern Railway System. The project was part of a systemwide program to replace all conventional jointed track with continuous welded rail, thus eliminating wear problems for a smoother ride, safer movement of trains and elimination of the “clickety-clack” sound.

    10 Years Ago

  • Foundation cites Legacy Society charter members

    The Michael Dunn Foundation hosted a reception and dinner late last month to honor the charter members of the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society.

    The Legacy Society was established to show the community how important the mission of Michael Dunn Center is to the Foundation’s most ardent supporters.

    Each honoree had a personalized star placed above the Michael Dunn Foundation Legacy Society logo in the Michael Dunn Center front lobby.

  • Silent auction part of reading campaign kickoff

    A fundraising silent auction has been added to the Read With Your Child campaign kickoff for the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

    The campaign kickoff luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. July 21 at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

  • THP to conduct license checks week of July 22

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of July 22 at Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.

    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.