Today's News

  • A fun-filled new year planned for Harriman

    Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park should have new playground equipment by spring.

    With the last of its public-image money awarded as restitution for the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill on Dec. 22, 2008, the city will be finishing up a number of projects, perhaps most notably the improvements at the parks.

    Officials pledge to do a number of projects until funds run out.

    “It takes care of some needs we have in our parks and takes care of things the right way instead of just Band-Aiding them,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Christmas Dinner

    A little more than 100 people enjoyed a heaping helping of early Christmas cheer at the Harriman Community Center on Dec. 17.

    Blake Kirkland and a number of volunteers dished out an early Christmas dinner for those who came, serving up large portions in to-go boxes so those who came could eat there or take it with them.

    “It was a true honor and privilege to see everyone that stopped by happy and smiling. All seemed to enjoy it. Many people thanked me, but I told them, no, thank you for coming,” said Kirkland.

  • Harriman, TDOT talk partnership

    Harriman officials hope to come out on top with a maintenance agreement with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    The agreement would have the city maintaining litter pickup, mowing of medians, patching and other work on state roads, with the city getting $80,484 in reimbursement.

    “I have been in favor of doing this. We are doing the work already and not getting anything,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Harriman tattoo artist awaiting dismissal of case

    Harriman tattoo artist Joshua Argubright will have to wait a little while longer before his criminal case gets dismissed.

    His attorney, Kevin Angel, was sick earlier this month, so Argubright’s Dec. 12 court date was rescheduled to Feb. 6.

    Argubright was charged with sexual battery and theft of property on Aug. 29.

  • Grant available for livestock producers

    Ranchers and livestock producers in Roane County may be eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Disaster Program for grazing losses incurred in 2016.

    “Roane County recently met qualifying drought ratings that ‘trigger’ eligibility for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program on improved pasture,” said Sandi Childs, Roane County executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

    The Program provides compensation to livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire.

  • Take a healthy hike at Obed

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a healthy hike program on Jan. 6.

    The program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

    This free ranger-led hike will explore both the Lilly Bluff Overlook Trail and a portion of the Point Trail.

    Those in attendance will have a chance to observe the vista of Clear Creek as well as walk across the Melton Mill Creek Bridge.

    Participants should meet the ranger at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot, which is off Ridge Road in Morgan County.

  • What’s the SCORE? Resolutions, the power of goals

    By Dana Peterka

    Yes, it is that time of year when many of us start the new year with resolutions to improve the quality of our lives.

    How long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolutions?

    Surprisingly, 75 percent of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, with 46 percent making it past six months.

    In this column, we will discuss The Power of Goals, a tool that we cover in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop.


    Roane Medical Center recently received a generous donation from a couple of community partners.

    Alison Savard of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Midtown, in partnership with Thrivent Financial, worked with the hospital to provide new clothing items for patients in their care.

    Many times, patients in the facility are in need of clothing. Depending on their situation, they may not have been prepared for their visit to the hospital, especially if in an emergency, or they just might not have what they need to get discharged and returned home appropriately.

  • Tax credit saves Tenn. employers millions

    The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is on track to issue a record number of Work Opportunity Tax Credits to employers across the state.

    Through the end of October, the Department issued 71,336 Tax Credit certifications. Those certifications represent potential tax savings to Tennessee employers of more than $159 million.