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Today's News

  • Tablets not a done deal for Harriman officials

    If Harriman does elect to put money in the budget for tablets for Harriman City Council and certain staff, it will not cost $10,000.

    That’s the point several officials emphasized during a recent meeting.

    “The discussion we had is that number is two-thirds too high,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The price would come down several thousand dollars, according to officials.

  • Semi crashes into back of mayor’s stepdaughter’s car

    The stepdaughter of Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller was rear-ended by a semi-truck in Kingston Friday afternoon.

    Carissa Huskins was on Kentucky Street near Little Caesars Pizza when she was hit by Joshua Womack.

    The collision caused extensive damage to the rear of Huskins’ Ford sedan.

    She was up and walking at the scene and didn’t appear to be injured.

    Womack drives for AAA Cooper Transportation. He was also up and walking after the accident.

  • Harriman PD National Night Out set

    Harriman Police Department’s National Night Out is Aug. 4.

    Activities will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    Food, games, inflatables and a rock-climbing wall are among the attractions.

    A movie will be shown at sunset. Those wishing to watch the movie are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

    Call Tara at 882-3383 or go to the Harriman Police Department’s Facebook page for more information about this year’s activities.

  • BOB’S BURGERS IS BACK

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    One of Roane County’s more popular burger joints was closed only for a short while.

    Amanda McCarty recently reopened the Midtown eatery with more tasty treats than ever.

    “I have 17 different flavors of sandwiches and burgers on the menu,” she said.

    “I serve breakfast all day. Everything is made homemade and from scratch except for french fries and corn nuggets.”

    McCarty has had great feedback from the public.

  • Packard’s a game changer in Kingston

    Packard’s in Kingston opened June 6, providing a new source for games and movies in Kingston.

    The original Packard’s opened in Oak Ridge by John Packard and his family and reopened under an investment group in July 2014.

    “We just thought Kingston was a nice spot and far enough away from our Oak Ridge store for there to be a need for it,” he said. “There are other locations in the works, but we can’t say for sure where they are going to be yet until it is time for them to open.”

  • Cancun closed
  • Time management on workshop agenda

    “Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers” is the topic for the next Lunch and Learn workshop.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be on Aug. 27 in The Roane Alliance building at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m. The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m.

    The workshop will focus on return on time invested, what and how to effectively delegate, and managing paper, work and interruptions.

  • All Sales Vinyl marks first year of Kingston native’s dream come true

    It’s been a big year for Kyle Romine.

    The Kingston native marked the first anniversary of a dream come true over the weekend.

    The dream was to turn a hobby into a full-time business, and he did that on Aug. 1, 2014, when he opened All Sales Vinyl in downtown Rockwood.

    Though the sign shop has stood as a full-time business for a year, All Sales Vinyl actually began 12 years ago in Romine’s home.

    There, he worked on signs, printing and graphics on a part-time basis while holding a full-time job during the day.

  • New Bowers entrance with redo of Ruritan Road

    As the widening project on Harriman’s Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A slowly takes shape, some changes are starting to be made.

    They include a new entrance to Bowers Elementary School.

    State offficials said the new school entrance will be open by Aug. 7 — three days before the start of school next week.

    “The new entrance to the school is off of SR. 29 south of Breazeale Street,” said Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman.

  • POLICE ON THE BEAT AND ON TV

    Film crews and cast ― including two officers with the Harriman Police Department — spent part of last week filming at the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.

    Knoxville’s Jupiter Entertainment was in town to film scenes for an episode for “Homicide Hunters,” an Investigation Discovery series that chronicles true-crime stories investigated by John Kenda, a longtime Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant.