Today's News

  • Victorian Square Thanksgiving feeds community

    Victorian Square Assisted Living Facility celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance on Saturday, Nov. 21.  
    Residents, friends, family and staff members gathered together for an evening of food and fellowship.  
    “Many times, adult children become caregivers of their elderly parents and set aside the roles of being a child, a mother, a son, etc.,” said Saundra Bandy, Victorian Square Marketing Director.  

  • Sizzle to help local business startups

    Proton Power, Inc. has entered into a partnership with the Roane Chamber and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center to create a center to support business startups.  

    Sizzle TechStart is the creation of Dr. Sam Weaver, President/CEO of Proton Power and his wife, Dr. Carol Jane Weaver, President of Sizzle.  Through partnerships with local economic development agencies, Proton Power hopes to duplicate the success it realized by utilizing the space where it began in 2007.

  • Nostalgia, gifts fill Rocky Top General Store

    Rocky Top General Store has been a Harriman fixture for decades.

    David Webb and his family started with Webb’s Furniture in downtown Harriman in 1959 and moved the store to its current location on Ruritan Road in the 1970s, changing its name to Rocky Top General Store because of its many items.

    “When we got here and had so many different things we changed it to general store,” said Webb.

    And boy does it have so many different things.

  • Ode to “Brillo”

    Many a politician has their lovers and haters, but how many have poems written in their honor?

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller had an ode made out to him by Eddie Owens, a former Rockwood City Council member, who read the poem during delegations Monday.

    “When I think about our mayor, my mind drifts back to yesteryear,” starts Owens poem.

    The poem focused on the leadership Owens feels Miller showed early on, as a football player at Rockwood High School encouraging his fellow athletes.

  • Givens honored by City of Rockwood

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary first-grade teachers Sue Wright, Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Lauren Ballentine: 1. Get the turkey. 2. Put pineapple on it. 3. Bake it. 4. Eat it.

  • Who’s NOT open?

    A little over two decades ago, it was practically unheard of for restaurants to be open on Thanksgiving.

    Families traveled for miles to convene around tables laden with homemade dishes created through days of slavish kitchen preparations.

    Then, seemingly overnight, families shrunk, divorce split many holiday plans, and still others preferred not to forfeit hours to meals that were consumed in mere minutes.

    Restaurants have responded to these changes and, now, more restaurants seem to be open than aren’t on Thanksgiving.

  • Holiday comes early at church

    Dozens of visitors enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, courtesy of Trinity Baptist Church in Harriman.

    “We wanted to connect with our community,” said Pastor Tim McMichael.

    “We, as a church, wanted to see our community,” he added. “... and let them know we love them.”

    McMichael was happy with the turnout for their first Thanksgiving offering.

    “We didn’t know what to expect,” he admitted. “These are precious people. It is really great to have them here.”

  • Organ donors, prelit trees make ‘most thankful’ list

    Thanksgiving is one holiday that is actually instructive.

    While being thankful should come naturally every day, it is especially encouraged the fourth Thursday in November.

    We asked folks in the community what they are specifically thankful for this year, and received a variety of answers.

  • Buying at home helps out Roane

    Folks looking for Black Friday sales can go far and wide to find a bargain.

    Roane County’s Chamber of Commerce, however, wants people to know they can find a lot of those deals within the county lines.

    “There are so many things people can buy in Roane County that they don’t even think about,” Chamber Member Services Coordinator Lindsey Stevens said.

    “And it helps Roane County in so many ways. Fifty percent of all local sales tax goes directly to the schools.”