Today's News

  • Picnics and Pianos
  • Roane law enforcement agencies awarded grants

    Eight Tennessee Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Roane County.

    The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    “These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”

  • Hall’s Dime Store first of problem buildings to go

    The last remnants of Harriman’s Hall’s 5-10-25-Cent Store came down Thursday morning after the majority of the building was torn to the ground Wednesday.

    The 519 Roane St. structure is in the same block as the former Miller & Brewer store, which was gutted by fire on Jan. 8. Hall’s, which sold a mish-mash of items, was known for its candy counter.

    “As kids, we all went there for fresh candy out of the old wood and glass counters,” said Blake Kirkland. “My mom went there as a child also.”

  • Judge hopefuls interview Friday

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is still planning to meet today – Friday – in the Raider Room at Roane State Community College to interview the people who applied for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge position.

    The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    E. Eugene Eblen has held the seat since 1978. He’s planning to retire at the end of the year.

    Jeff Wicks, Walter Johnson and Porsche Lyn Shantz have applied to takeover the position once Eblen steps down.

  • Fall Fun: Bring it on!
  • Bridge named for late DA Hawk

    The Roane County Commission voted this month to name a bridge after former district attorney general Charles Hawk.

    Some of his former employees are happy about the news.

    “I’m all for it,” Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey said. “I wholly endorse it.”

    Hawk was a graduate of Roane County High School. He attended the University of Tennessee Law School, where he graduated first in his class.

    He served as District Attor-

  • Harriman residents paying more for trash pickup

    Harriman’s final passage of its 2016 budget does not include a property tax increase.

    It does, however, call for an increased monthly fee for trash pickup.

    Officials have said the new fee of $12.50 per month will end subsidizing the service from the city’s general fund. The fee was increased from $10.

    Harriman City Council approved the budget last week. It includes a certified tax rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation.

  • OFF the CUFF: A dog by any name is a best friend

    With apologies to Harry Nilsson, “people, let me tell you ’bout my best friend ...”

    He’s Da Boy. The Old Man. The Man of the House. King o’ the Pekes.

    Yes, I said “Pekes.” As in “Pekingese.”

    Officially, his name is Simba, like “The Lion King.” He was my daughter’s gift for her 11th birthday. He was a pup back then himself, a rescued guy who had marked only one birthday at that point.

    A friend once deemed him “the dog God gave us.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: In praise of rabbit and the uncommon foods

    While reading the most recent contributions of our old friend, Bethel Poston, to this gazette, i.e., “Out to Lunch,” wherein he told of his recent peregrination with the lovely Carol to Rugby and the Harrow Road Café, we encountered this sentence: “I’m glad it’s not a real rabbit.”

    This was the concluding sentence in his paragraph describing, one of the restaurant’s special offerings, the so-called Welsh Rarebit, a concoction of melted cheese, condiments and accompaniments served over toasted English muffins.

  • Retired Teachers to meet Oct. 9

    Roane County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston Community Center.

    Lunch will be followed by a musical program featuring Kingston native Woody Wright.

    Members of the public who wish to attend must make luncheon reservations by Oct. 6 by calling Susie Dutton at 376-2749.