Today's News

  • Motorcyclist not hurt from cooler collision on I-40

    A Crossville man avoided serious injuries during a motorcycle crash in Roane County on Thursday.

    The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 near the 357 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Don W. Scarbrough was headed east on a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan when he struck a cooler in the roadway.

    “The subject then lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down on its right side,” the report said. “The driver had minor injuries from contact with the pavement.”

  • Court to sentence Harriman man on Loudon sex crimes

    A Harriman man is scheduled to be sentenced in September in a Loudon County sex crimes case.

    Zachary Tapp pleaded guilty in Loudon County Criminal Court last week to four counts of statutory rape.  

    Statutory rape is a Class E felony. Since Tapp has no prior criminal history, he will be sentenced as a Range I standard offender, “meaning the sentence range for him is one to two years,” the District Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.

  • Woman found hours after she fell in home

    A 96-year-old Rockwood woman was found hours after she had fallen when a Good Samaritan who thought she heard a faint cry for help notified Rockwood police.

    The helpful woman was at Tom Fuller Park (also known as Rockwood Beach) when she thought she heard the cry for help.

    Unsure of what she was hearing, she notified police.

    Rockwood Officer Kendall Mitchell responded and was able to locate the origin of the sound.

  • BIG Transformation

    Rockwood’s Animal Shelter remains closed, but it’s a far cry from the small, dark block building it once was.

    When it reopens, visitors will see a transformed facility.

    “I’m hoping by the middle or end of July (to be open),” said Mark Neeley, the city’s animal control and codes enforcement officer.

    He’s been instrumental in many of the improvements at the shelter, and city officials and community members have noticed.

  • Proposals sought for Healthy Living grants

    Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is accepting proposals for its Community Contribution Program, which will award funds for healthy living initiatives in East Tennessee.

    The deadline for the proposals is Aug. 1.

    Eligible applicants include nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and regional government entities that are considered nonprofit and serve Roane, Knox, Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties.

  • Emergency notification sign-ups start

    The Roane County Office of Emergency Services is kicking off its new community emergency notification program that will help authorities contact individual community members personally in the case of a community emergency, such as severe weather or an active shooter.

    Visit www.Hyper-Reach.com/tnroanesignup.html to register.

  • Kiwanis dissolves Roane County club, gives Michael Dunn remaining funds

    Michael Dunn Center was selected as the recipient of a large gift from the Kiwanis Club of Roane County.
    The chapter, presided over by Fran Puckett, made the decision to donate any remaining funds to the Michael Dunn Center upon the club’s dissolution.

    “We wanted this money to make a difference in our community. That is why we thought of Michael Dunn Center” said Danice Turpin, director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman, and a Kiwanis member.

  • Harriman Fire, HUB in midst of flushing, testing fire hydrants

    Harriman Fire Department, in partnership with Harriman Utility Board, is presently conducting its annual flushing and hydrant water pressure testing.
    The flushing and testing may cause water to appear cloudy or rusty looking.
    Water customers are asked to refrain from using water for a short time when the testing is in progress.
    Letting water run for a short time should clear it up. The testing is a vital process.

  • What’s the SCORE?: Create your own Customer Satisfaction Triad

    Eight years ago, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce asked me to design a workshop that would help members improve their level of customer satisfaction.

    I did over 100 hours of research to design the “How to Delight Your Customers” workshop.

    When I interviewed a successful small business owner in Knoxville, he told me that he and his staff focused on three areas: product/service, customer service and ambiance. It can be an effective tool for building customer satisfaction.