Today's News

  • Who’s a superhero? This guy!


    Fifth-grader Mac Simpson recently became a superhero at Midtown Elementary as part of The Move 2 Stand anti-bullying program. Students pledge to not be bullies and to be better friends in the Stars Nashville program. The superhero pledge is part of a kickoff party for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that Midtown is implementing. 

  • Firearms charge gets sex offender 10 years

    Charles Daniel Mullins no longer has his federal case to worry about. 

    That concluded last Wednesday, when U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced him to 10 years on a firearms conviction. 

    The prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. 

    Mullins was convicted of felony attempted rape in Cumberland County in 2005, and is on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry. 

    He’s classified as a violent offender. 

  • Kingston finally OKs agreement for 911 dispatch

    Kingston City Council members seem to have put some longstanding issues to bed at their Sept. 9 council session.

    A pair of votes gave final approval to a pair of measures that had been ongoing sources of contention.

    The first item was a measure to approve a dispatch agreement with the county 911 board.

    A couple of years ago, County 911 Director Mike Hooks had approached local municipalities with a plan to gradually raise their 911 fees over a five-year period. 

  • Schools to get $9,000 from city for taxes

    Harriman will be making an annual payment of about $9,315.90 for the next 10 years to the Roane County school system. 

    It’s a payment necessitated when local communities were told they should have been giving a portion of their mixed drink taxes to the school system. 

    “The repayment of liquor tax does hurt us especially during a time when our TCRS (Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System) payment is costing us so much money,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Chamber adds two staffers to aid businesses

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce now has two full-time employees to bring more attention to members and add member benefits through additional products and programs.

    Paulette Ray, director of Chamber operations, returned to The Roane Alliance to work hand-in-hand with businesses to help them grow and succeed.

    Lindsey Stevens joined the Chamber staff as member services coordinator.

  • Wampler heads up board of state grocers group

    John Edd Wampler, president of Family Brands International LLC, has been named chairman of the board of directors of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association.

    Wampler assumed the role at the association’s recent annual convention in Nashville.

    A native of Lenoir City, Wampler grew up in the family business, first at Wampler’s Farm Sausage and later at Family Brands International.

  • AT&T supports Michael Dunn Center
  • Volunteer Energy gives to Roane agencies

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program recently awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations.

    Groups recently collecting grants include Midway Elementary School Back to School Bash Club, $1,000; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter Training Program, $500; Midway Middle School’s Beta Club, $500 grant; and South Roane Volunteer Fire Department’s Dry Fork Valley Station 4, $500 grant.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Visitors at St. Mary’s Baptist Church last Sunday were Brian Farmer, his friend Penney, her daughter Natalie, and Brian’s daughter Madison.

    Also, his mother Carol Farmer was with them.

    They were blessed and said they will be back.

    Emmitte Yette, a former resident of this city, will celebrate his birthday the 26th of this month. Happy birthday, Emmette, and be blessed.

  • Slow start costs Blue Devils in 40-19 loss


    In what could be described as a very physical game, the Grace Christian Academy Rams pinned a 40-19 defeat on the Harriman Blue Devils Friday night at Wallace Black Field.

    The Rams actually jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead before Harriman settled down and played the state’s No. 3 ranked 2A team toe-to-toe the rest of the evening.