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Today's News

  • Harriman Council hopefuls want to attract business

    Three candidates for Harriman City Council attended a recent candidate forum at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    Shauna Hines, Tim Johnson and Tyler Manning all shared their perspectives on how to bring industry and business to Harriman and other city needs.

    “We need jobs,” said Hines.

    She said she also believes the city needs more for children to do, because it will keep them out of trouble and away from things like drugs.

  • Oliver Springs OKs $1.98 million budget with no tax hike

    Oliver Springs officials recently passed the town’s budget for 2016-17, just in time for the new fiscal year which began July 1.

    The $1.98 million budget does not include a tax increase, said Mayor Cecil Crowe.

    “With a lot of time and effort, we were able to manage [proposed expenditures] and not given anyone an increase,” he said. “Everyone worked hard, and we were able to get a balanced budget.

    “I applaud everyone who helped make this possible.”

  • Clarification

    Two individuals identified last week as having resigned from the town of Olivers Springs are still employed.

    Eddie Kelley still works as the town’s Park and Recreation director. Though former Water Department Supervisor Eugene Brummitt did resign his position, he currently works for the department part time.

  • Ellis excited about role in GOP Convention

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis loves politics.

    Next week, he will participate in what could be a major event in American politics. Ellis will be an alternate delegate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

    “I’m excited; this is the first time I’ve been,” Ellis said. “I’ve always been the nerd that watches the whole thing on TV.

    “It’s exciting to be a part of the process.”

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Reclaiming our common humanity

     Horrific events like the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — bring out the best and the worst in the American character.

    After Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, many clergy who rarely, if ever, acknowledge the LGBT community in positive terms offered prayers for LGBT people — actually reciting the letters. This one, brief shining moment was both unprecedented and heartening.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Harriman

    Dear Harriman Citizens: Congratulations, dear citizens, each of you is about to become the proud owner of a lawsuit, each and every one of you.

    You did not ask to be, you didn’t know you were going to be, and you may not want to be, but you are.

  • AARP driver course offered Aug. 10-11

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • The Bridge wants folks to feel at home

    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

    The Bridge at Rockwood is one nursing home where residents have asked to return.

    “We have had residents here who have come four or five times, perhaps for therapy, then go home, but may have to return,” said marketing director Kathy Parks. “Because they had a pleasant experience here, they choose to come back.”

  • The Bridge wants folks to feel at home

    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards.

    The Bridge at Rockwood is one nursing home where residents have asked to return.

    “We have had residents here who have come four or five times, perhaps for therapy, then go home, but may have to return,” said marketing director Kathy Parks. “Because they had a pleasant experience here, they choose to come back.”

  • OUT to LUNCH: There’s no way to not like Foothills Bakery and Cafe

    For our most recent “Out to Lunch” adventure, I was encouraged to visit Foothills Milling Bakery & Café in Maryville by overheard conversations in a Knoxville doctor’s office waiting room.

    Non-related folks were talking about good places to eat – and I moved over to hear their positive comments. The Café was already on my prospect list.

    My wife, Carol, and I stopped in Knoxville to pick up our daughter-in-law, Faye, and longtime friend, Mickey Pease, to join us for this adventure.