Today's News


    The Taco Bell in Kingston had another new sign put up last week — but this time it had nothing to do with weather.

    Its message was straight to the point:

    Micaiah, Prom? -Noah

    The message was posted Wednesday for all to see as teenage traditions took form.

    Roane County High School junior Noah Cash asked his best friend Micaiah Allen, senior homeschool student, to prom in the most unique of ways.

    “I would do anything for her,” Cash said.

  • Harriman manager may be able to surplus items



    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms may soon be able to follow through on a simple housekeeping task without going before Harriman City Council.

    The City Council voted on first reading of an ordinance last week that would give Helms the responsibility to surplus city personal property, with the sale of any single item estimated to have a value exceeding $1,000 to come first to the full Council.

  • County, cities pooling road resources, pending approval



    Roane County’s Road Department is making agreements with the county’s four cities to work together and share resources.

    Rockwood City Council approved the agreement at last month’s meeting, and Harriman City Council approved it this month.

    “It is something we should have been doing a long time ago,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • County may put cap on funding for nonprofits



    Some officials want to see a cap on the amount of money Roane County donates to nonprofits.

    The County Commission’s budget committee voted unanimously to recommend a resolution to the full Commission that will limit the amount to $140,000 for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    The commission is expected to consider the resolution at its Feb. 9 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • Harriman OKs Allison Rehn as city’s attorney



    Harriman selected attorney Allison Rehn to fill the city attorney post left vacant when Harold Balcom resigned last


    “I’m just thankful you’re interested in the position,” Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler said.

    “We need to fill it, and you have great credentials.”

    Added Councilman Wayne Best, “I’m just glad we have somebody to call when we have a problem.”

  • If they call or email, they’re not the IRS

    Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    I saw that line time and again over the summer, when the Internal Revenue Service sent out an almost-continuous stream of press releases warning taxpayers about schemes in which swindlers attempt to separate law-abiding citizens from their hard-earned dollars by evoking the name that sends chills through most Americans.

    I’m now glad I did.

  • Midtown Market & Deli makes it official
  • Midtown Weigel’s sports new design, quick food service

    The new Weigel’s at 2001 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman’s Midtown area is a state-of-the art convenience store.

    It’s the 64th store for Weigel’s, one of East Tennessee’s oldest family-owned dairies.

    “We’re all about convenience and saving our customers money,” said Ken McMullen, president of Weigel’s Stores.

  • Workshops to cover gov’t contracts

    Roane State Community College’s Ten-

    nessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer two free workshops this week on government contracting.

    Both workshops will be on Feb. 12 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The first workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

    It will be for small businesses on the basics of government contracting.

  • ORUD Valentines help heat homes

    Oak Ridge Utility District’s annual “Have a Heart, Heat a Home” fundraiser allows the public to purchase Valentine’s Day gifts, with proceeds helping needy families stay warm.

    All proceeds from gift purchases go to Project SAFE, an ORUD-sponsored program that helps low-income families struggling to pay their winter heating bills and facing the loss of energy service.

    Through the program, ORUD offers a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts. All proceeds from the purchase of those gifts go to Project SAFE.