Today's News

  • Harriman seniors may get new digs

    Staff reports

    The Harriman Industrial Development board will consider the final approval of the issuance of bonds to finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of Harriman Gardens Apartments at a special called meeting tonight (Monday.)

    Bonds in the amount not to exceed $9 million will be issued. Raymond James and Associates, Inc. will be underwriting the bonds used for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the apartments by LHP Capital, LLC of Knoxville..

    The IDB will also consider approval of a 20 year tax reduction that will support the project.

  • Deputy bitten by inmate at intake

    An inmate at the Roane County Jail allegedly bit a sheriff’s deputy last month. Matthew Raymond Ellison was charged with criminal exposure of another to a disease in the incident.

    According to the warrant filed by Deputy Ethen Collins, Ellison was brought to the jail by Harriman police on Aug. 28. He was placed in a restraint chair because he reportedly told Harriman police he wanted to harm himself.

  • Historical Society honors educator

    Friends, former students and colleagues gathered to honor Richard Davis, a longtime Oliver Springs Elementary School educator and charter member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Members of the community lined up at the Society’s newly renovated building Saturday, Sept. 10, to shake Davis’ hand, take photos and to recall stories from the past.

    Davis touched many lives in his 36 years of teaching history and being active in the community, according to Emma Mattox.

    “He was a great teacher,” she said.

  • Historical Society continues to improve Abston building

    The Oliver Springs Historical Society continues to make progress at its headquarters building located at the intersection of Winter’s Gap Road and Roane Street in downtown Oliver Springs.

    “There’s some fabulous history here,” said state Rep. Kent Calfee, who was at the building for an event honoring Richard Davis, an Oliver Springs educator and charter member of the Historical Society.

  • Elderwatch hosts program about Medicare, assistance

    Roane County ElderWatch is sponsoring a free program to provide an overview of Medicare, how to access assistance programs such as the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Plans, and a question and answer session with a panel of local experts.

    The program will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Kingston First Baptist Church, 215 N. Kentucky St. To pre-register call 354-0450.

  • Gloria Jean’s latest restaurant to close its doors

    Gloria Jean’s Fine Southern Provisions in Kingston has closed, despite a denial from owner Robert DeBinder that the business was ending.

    The announcement follows by just a few days news that Casa Don Polos Restaurant on Race St. in Kingston had also closed its doors.

    Knoxville resident DeBinder confirmed Tuesday that the restaurant’s last day of operations was Sunday, Sept. 11. When contacted by the Roane County News a few days prior, he admitted Gloria Jean’s had been having some issues, but at that time, had no plans to close.

  • Oak Ridge group collects food for Second Harvest

    Employees of the National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office have donated 50,177 pounds of food as part of the annual U.S. Department of Energy’s Feds Feed Families campaign.

    The amount of food donated is almost double the amount donated in the 2015 campaign and continues the organization’s tradition as a leader in this campaign among offices across the Enterprise.

  • What’s the SCORE? Increase productivity, focus on activities with best return

    By Dana Peterka

    In last week’s column, we discussed a key productivity improvement tool, the Eisenhower Urgency — Importance Grid.

    In this column, we will discuss time savers and determining what activities to delegate or outsource. In the Roane County Chamber’s Time Management: Strategic Concepts and Practical Time Savers workshop we discuss these topics.

  • County teams return to region play

    Roane County football teams are entering week five, with four of the five teams in action and three of the five return to region play.
    Coach Travis Tapp's 4-0 Harriman Blue Devils have the week off, as they will prepare for next wee's trip south to Rockwood for their annual battle with Coach John Webb's 1-2 Tigers who host Lancaster Christian from Smyrna. Rockwood had an extra day off after their loss to Kingston last Thursday evening.

  • Szozda, Davis shine in collegiate golf tournaments this week

    Two former Kingston golfers had outstanding performances for their respective college teams this week.
    LMU freshman Brady Davis tied for 67th in the Kiawah Island Invitational played Monday and Tuesday at Osprey Point Golf Club on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, while the Railsplitters finished fourth overall, while Tennessee State freshman Savannah Szozda helped the Lady Tigers finish 12th in the Murray State Drake Invitational at Ledbetter, KY.