Today's News

  • Doggone Clean Pup

    Lady Bird gets ready to make her spring debut with a bath given by Ezra Marks last week at the KleanCar dog wash room in Rockwood. The self-service dog wash is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Two types of shampoo and conditioner, as well as dryers are available in the climate-controlled indoor facility; however, dog washers may bring in Fido’s favorite shampoos and towels to use during bath time. A deskunking treatment is also available for canines unfortunate to cross paths with one of nature’s smelliest beasts. KleanCar dog wash room is at 715 N. Gateway Ave.

  • Preservation group on the lookout for Endangered Eight

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2018 East Tennessee Endangered Eight, a listing of the eight most threatened historic sites in the region.

    The objective of the list is to inform area communities about the real threat of losing these important sites to development, demolition or lack of maintenance as well as the value of what will be lost if action isn’t taken soon to avoid their destruction.

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  • Harriman seeks public input on recreation needs

    Harriman residents have multiple chances to voice their opinion about city recreation needs as the city prepares to file a Local Parks and Recreation Fund application in hopes of grant funds for recreation projects.

    The city is holding two public hearings. The first is 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Harriman Community Center.

    A second meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The Harriman City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. and a resolution regarding the fund is on the agenda for consideration.

  • Energy-efficient upgrades to shut down Rockwood Public Library

    Rockwood Public Library will be closed temporarily as the first of many energy efficiency projects begin in earnest in Rockwood.

    The library is closed Tuesday and Wednesday to allow a crane at the library for work to replace the roof and heating and air units at the library.

    The library will reopen March 22-24, then close for a few weeks beginning March 26 until the work is completed.

    “We cannot have people sitting in the library reading and using computers” while work is going on, explained City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Clinton woman racks up meth charge

    A Clinton woman was charged with possession of methamphetamine after a routine traffic stop last Friday, March 9.

    Harriman Officer Logan Vitatoe stopped the Hyundai Accent with expired tags on Ruritan Road and found driver Leslie M. Anderson inside.

    A check found Anderson’s license was revoked.

    Vitatoe said Anderson consented to a search of the vehicle and passenger Kerstin Renea Lively consented to a search of her purse in the vehicle.

  • Out to Lunch: Ratchet's: Some things never change

    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article in 2008 on Ratchet’s Bar & Grill in Rockwood.

    I’m repeating the comments below from that almost-10-year-old article about the location,

    “Unless you’ve played golf at the Rockwood Golf Course, someone would have to tell you about the restaurant at the clubhouse.

    “I’ve noticed the sign for Ratchet’s east of Rockwood on Hwy 70, at the road leading to the golf course.”

  • Kingston can’t get bats going

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets couldn’t get the bats going in the baseball season opener against Grace Christian, losing, 8-3, Tuesday evening.

    Kingston started strong with a run in the top of the first inning.

    The advantage was short lived.

    Grace scored three in the bottom of the inning to put the Jackets into a hole.

    They added two more in the second to make the score 5-1.

    Before Kingston count push across another run in the fifth inning, Grace had tacked on another two runs to make the score 7-1.

  • Harriman blanked in opener

    On Monday morning the snow was falling and surrounding counties were getting out of school due to weather as the students of Harriman high School were already enjoying their spring break. That could only mean one thing, the start of baseball season!

    Despite the conditions in the morning, the weather cleared up and the sun came out and it was a good day for baseball as the Blue Devils of Harriman High School travelled to Karns to take on the Rams of Grace Christian Academy in a little non district baseball season to kick off the regular season for the Devils.