Today's News

  • Harriman eyes middle school gym for recreation

    Harriman sees some potential for one of the school facilities that may be left empty if the consolidation of three high schools becomes reality.

    The Roane County School System is considering consolidating Harriman, Roane and Rockwood high schools into a large facility near Roane State.

    “I heard that if that happens the middle school will move down to the high school. I think we should ask the school board to give us the middle school gym,” said Councilman Sam Russell.

    “It is in a lot better shape than our rec center,” he noted.

  • Riverfront Park gets makeover with cleanup day

    Volunteers made Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park even more beautiful following a clean-up effort last week.

    Crews rebuilt trash can holders, trimmed trees and bushes, weeded gardens, mowed, weed-wacked and pressure washed sidewalks, benches and the fountain area at the veterans plaza.

    “I think it is the first step in the right direction. This is something we are going to try to plan every other week for a while until we get where we want to. I’m so proud of what we got done,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Drowing victim’s death confirmed

    From staff reports

    Officials confirmed last week that a Rockwood man who nearly drowned near Oakdale, did in fact die on Monday, June 26.

    Carl Douglas Ooten had been swimming with friends Sunday, June 25, when he disappeared below the water’s surface.

    Witnesses said it took about 10 minutes to locate Ooten underwater, and they began trying to revive him until the Morgan County EMS arrived on the scene.

  • Tennesseans who made ultimate sacrifice listed on replica wall

    The Tennessee Vietnam Memorial Wall visited Rockwood’s Wal-Mart over the weekend.

    The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 out of Chattanooga brought the traveling wall to Rockwood.

    The wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    It lists the names of 1,291 Tennesseans that died in the Vietnam War from 1961-73.

    “It’s made just like the one in Washington, D.C,” said Charlie Hobbs, Vietnam Veterans of America National Membership Chair.

  • Unemployment down for May

    Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017 have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in 1, according to data released last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate is 3.4, down from 4.3 in April, with 22,030 of the 22,800 workforce employed.

    Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.1 percent, a decline from 2.7 percent during the prior month.

  • Harbor Freight now open in Rockwood
  • Kimble Chase changes name to DWK

    Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products LLC of Rockwood has officially changed its name to DWK Life Sciences LLC.

    DWK stands for Duran, Wheaton and Kimble, which are among the strongest brands in the world’s laboratories for decades, the company said at a breakfast event held last week at Roane State Community College.

    The three brands have different regional strengths.

    While Duran is better known in Europe, Wheaton and Kimble are more famous in North America.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Seafood feasts and more a treat at Euchee Marina

    As I’ve mentioned in previous “Out To Lunch” articles, restaurant locations remain, only the names and owner’s change.

    Evidently at this time of the year I’m drawn to the many places to eat along Watts Bar Lake. This will be my fifth “Out To Lunch” adventure at the Euchee Marina. The first article was written in June of 2009. We enjoyed the food on all visits.

    My son Bryan wanted to celebrate Father’s Day this year with me at the Euchee Grille & Brewhouse off River Road at 200 Euchee Lane, Ten Mile.

  • TWRA warn paddlers to practice safety on the water

    TWRA boating officers Dustin Buttram and Barry Baird have seen an increase in paddle sports on the Tennessee waterways they patrol.

    Paddle crafts are for rent at many reservoirs and public areas and it’s a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. However many paddling for the first time go out unprepared. With four paddle craft fatalities in 2016, officers hope to reduce this in 2017.

    Infrequent or new paddle craft users typically do not see themselves as a vessel that needs an understanding of boating safety and state laws.

  • Offense launches Devils into championship game

    The Harriman A All Stars have had a great post season thus far, but the only blemish on their Dixie Youth tournament record has been a loss to Greenback earlier in the District 8 tournament.

    The Cherokees were the home team on the evening and they were able to pick up 2 runs to bring the score, 2-0 going into the bottom of the first.