Today's News

  • Boo-Town takes Halloween to a Medieval level

    Harriman’s Tennessee Medieval Faire is introducing Boo-Town, a new outdoor family Halloween event.

    The event is described as a “merry-not-scary treat village,” with crafts, food, beer, entertainment and an optional haunted hayride.

    “If you like safe trick-or-treating and costumed characters, Boo-Town is for you,” said Barrie Paulson, Tennessee Medieval Faire vice president and manager.

  • Police radios to be encrypted

    Fans of listening in on law-enforcement radio traffic in Roane County will soon be hearing radio silence.

    That’s because those agencies will soon have their radios encrypted to make their dispatch discussions private.

    “The reason everyone is encrypting them is safety,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle recently told City Council.

  • Come Sailing With Me


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Midway Elementary kindergartners Kaitlyn Klein, left, Kallie Caswell and their classmates use motion to remember their lyrics to a traditional Italian song, “Come Sailing With Me.” It was the kindergartners’ presentation on Italy during Midway’s Celebration of Nations, an event that allowed students to explore various countries, traditions and cultures. Each grade was given a country for special study.

  • Work to shut down Airport Road

    From staff reports
    Rockwood’s portion of Airport Road will be temporarily closed on Monday.
    The closure will allow for that portion of the road to be tarred and chipped, weather permitting, said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe.
    The closure will be canceled in case of rain. Dry weather is required for the work.
    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said it will be some time before city and Roane County officials will be able to use state funds to repair the roadway, which is in disrepair.
    The state grant has

  • Kingston awarded $500,000 for sewer upgrades

    The city of Kingston got an early Christmas present this week — a $525,000 grant for sewer improvements.

    Mayor Tim Neal shared the news during Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, and said he received the notifying email late Monday.

    “This is really great for the city,” he said, noting that the grant will be used to upgrade the sewer plant and its systems.

    “This will give us a chance [to install] top-of-the-line enhancements.”

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  • Road ruling sent to attorney

    Property owners who live on what they believe is a private drive off Chamberlain Cove Road may get their wish to be left alone.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said the county’s road list shows that the drive is part of Chamberlain Cove Road.

    But he and the County Commission’s road committee on Wednesday expressed support of  property owners who wish for it to be recognized as a private drive.

  • Vote early, vote often in 2016

    Voters will have three opportunities to let their voices be heard at the polls in 2016.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway went over the dates and other important things about the 2016 election calendar during his appearance at a Roane County Tea Party meeting earlier this month.

    The Presidential Preference Primary is March 1.

    The State Primary, County General and Harriman City elections will be on Aug. 4.

  • Trenton Street Baptist Church: 125 years of saving souls

    Back before the University of Tennessee had a football team, Trenton Street Baptist Church was formed.

    The church that overlooks downtown Harriman has withstood time and will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special service this Sunday.

    Many churches have come and gone, but Pastor Tony Boswell believes there are several reasons why his church has survived and is thriving.