Today's News

  • This week last chance for early voting

    Early voting for the Aug. 4 election ends on Saturday, July 30.

    According to figures from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, 1,811 people had cast ballots in Roane County during the first six days of early voting.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said one surprise so far is the turnout for the Harriman Municipal Election, in which he said 271 had voted as of late Friday morning.   

    “I thought there’d be more in Harriman because of the race for mayor,” he said.    

  • Harriman water rates going up

    Harriman Utility Board has implemented a water-rate increase that will take effect Aug. 1.

    In a notice to customers, the utility stated the increase was necessary to provide safe drinking water.

    “While everyone will see some change, the effect on your monthly bill will be determined by your customer class,” the notice said.

    “The minimum usage residential customer in the city of Harriman will have an increase of 73 cents monthly or $8.76 annually,” said HUB General Manager Bill Young.


    Two of Harriman’s most-recognizable landmarks are looking a little better today.

    The Kiwanis pillars on Pansy Hill Road and Oakdale Hwy. received a much-needed cleaning Wednesday morning, thanks to Three Rivers Kiwanis Club and members of Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Garden Club.

    “Over time they’ve gotten a little yucky,” said Three Rivers Kiwanis Club spokeswoman Nikki Adkisson.

    “We wanted to clean them up, make them more presentable and represent the Kiwanis Club a little better.”

  • Schools religion policy updated

    An updated policy on religion in curriculum will be in place when students return to school next month.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Sam Cox said a mandate from the state is what sparked the update.

    “What we’ve done is just took what the state said,” Cox told his colleagues during a discussion about the update on July 14.


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers

    Naudia Wright leads her Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue band mates in a marching exercise during band camp earlier this week. High school bands all over Roane
    County — and East Tennessee — are participating in band camps to prepare
    for a busy marching season that kicks off with the start of school.



    Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis is accusing District 2 Commissioner Junior Hendrickson of assaulting her with his stomach after the July 11 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I never touched her,” Hendrickson said.

    Dennis alleges the assault happened in the commission room immediately after the meeting.

    “Within 60 seconds or less from when they broke,” she said. “I didn’t see him coming, but I surely felt him.”

    Dennis said Hendrickson’s stomach struck her on the hip.

    “Bam, bam,” she said. “It wasn’t once; it was twice.”

  • Keevin Woody up for Milan post

    Roane County Schools Elementary Supervisor Keevin Woody is a candidate for the Milan Special School District’s director of schools position.

    According to the district’s website, Woody was scheduled to interview for the job at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That was after press time.

    “No comments at this time,” Woody said Monday.

    “We’ll just see what happens with it.”

    Milan is in Gibson County, which is in West Tennessee.

    The district has three schools, 2,041 students and 129 teachers.

  • Southern HOSPITALITY

    Saturday’s heat, humidity and stormy conditions were the perfect ingredients for a July day in East Tennessee.

    They were also the perfect ingredients for a traditional Southern barbecue ― particularly one that’s the epitome of Southern hospitality to help the area’s homeless.

    “This is what happens when everybody works together,” said Jennifer Watson over the hubbub of the crowd at Family Promise of Roane County’s inaugural barbecue cook-off. “And that’s what it takes.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The McGovern Rules bad for both parties

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, the celebrated nineteenth century showman, is said to have opined that: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    The continued success of the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency is patent proof of the truth of old P.T.’s observation.

    The Unabridged Edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, provides this definition: “Sucker. 2. Informal. a person easily cheated, deceived, or imposed upon.”

  • Football jamborees set Aug. 12 and 13 at Midway, Rockwood Middle School

    Roane County football teams will be opening practice this week in preparation for season openers Aug. 18-19; however, Midway High School and Rockwood Middle School hosting jamborees the weekend before.

    Midway will host this year’s Roane County Football Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., for one last preparation for season openers Aug. 18 and 19.
    Here is the jamboree schedule:
    No. 1: Oliver Springs Hoppers vs. Midway;
    No. 2: Cumberland County vs. Rockwood;
    No. 3: Oliver Springs vs. Harriman;
    No. 4: Kingston vs. Midway.