Today's News

  • Lots turn out for early voting

    Early voting was a hit in Roane County.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, 14,860 people voted early or by absentee as of Nov. 3, which was the last day to vote early for Tuesday’s election.

    “That’s the record since I’ve been here,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Holiway has been in the position since April 24, 2009.

  • Revenues from proposed sales tax hike ‘kind of like a grant’ for city

    Harriman officials think at least 50 percent of the city’s sales tax revenue is generated by shoppers who do not live in the city.

    City Manager Kevin Helms hopes that will be a good reason for Harriman voters to support a sales tax referendum that would increase the city’s sales tax in Harriman .25 percent, from 2.5 to 2.75 percent.

    That increase would mean an additional 25 cents for a $100 bag of groceries, for example.

    He compares the proposal to a grant, a mixture of funds from outside the community matched by those within.

  • Duncan facing more legal woes

    Jesse Lee Duncan, a 34-year-old Harriman man, faces a sentencing hearing next year in his federal criminal case.

    Duncan was indicted by a federal grand jury in June on two counts of knowingly possessing a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length not registered to him and one count of knowingly possessing a silencer not registered to him.

    He pleaded guilty to those charges last month, and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips on Feb. 22.

  • Smith’s ’56 boat a movie star

    Chuck Smith loves the unique look of his 1956 model Chris Craft Capri boat.

    The sleek, classic wood finished look came straight off a movie set of “Striking Distance,” a film starring Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    “I bought it from a broker after the movie was done in 1994,” Smith said.

    In the film, Willis plays a police detective assigned to the river rescue duty.

    With his partner, played by Parker, he begins looking into the deaths of his old partner’s past romantic interests.

  • OS family honored for home preservation

    An Oliver Springs family has been recognized for preservation efforts in the renovation of their longtime family home.

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance honored the Diggs family for their work on the home at 224 E. Tri County Blvd. The home has been in the family since owner Bettina Diggs Cox’s great-grandfather Alfred Houston Diggs and great-grandmother Scotland Diggs built it in 1905.

    “We are just very honored to be able to own this home and have it in Oliver Springs, where so many homes are being restored,” Cox said.

  • Midway schools’ organizations beneficiaries of VEC benevolence

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in combined grants to Roane County organizations in October.

    Groups receiving grants were Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization, $250; Midway Middle School Football Booster Club, $250; Midway Quarterback Club, $250; Midway High School Band Boosters, $600; Midway High School Cheerleader Booster Club, $700; and Midway Middle School Beta Club, $700.


    By Peter Forton


    Tradition is an important part of Zac Gronda’s life.

    It has led him to a successful business career, provided financial security for his family and helped him develop life long friendships in his community.

    Gronda is a third-generation barber, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Clifford who owned and operated a barber shop in Grosse Isle, Mich., on the shore of Lake Erie.

  • Student hit, killed by motorcycle

    Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information.

    A student was hit and killed by a motorcycle after getting off a school bus Friday afternoon.

    The accident happened on Old Harriman Hwy.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating, and identified the student as 12-year-old Jacob Paterson. He attended Oliver Springs Middle School.

    “The kids and the family and all of those, our prayers are going out to them,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Harriman, Rockwood begin playoff run

    High school football's second season kicks off Friday night with the start of the TSSAA playoffs.
    For Roane County, only two teams will be participating in round one and both will making long road trips.
    Rockwood has the shorter of the two trips as John Webb's squad travels to Elizabethton to take on Region 1-2A champion Happy Valley.
    Harriman fans can actually wave at Tiger fans on the way, as the Blue Devils will cross through Elizabethton on their way to Roan Mountain to take on Region 1-1A champion Cloudland.

  • Two county teams open playoff run tonight

    Three Roane County football teams will be in action this weekend.
    Coach John Webb's Rockwood Tigers will be traveling to Happy Valley for the opening came in the Class 2A playoffs.  The Tigers are the fourth seed from Region 2-2A, while Happy Valley was the top seed from Region 1-2A.
    Coach Travis Tapp's Harriman Blue Devils travel to Cloudland for the Class A playoffs. Harriman was the fourth-place team from Region 2-1A, while Cloudland won Region 1-1A.
    Both games kick off at 7 p.m.