Today's News

  • School board votes to fund Chromebook computer plan

    From staff reports

    A unanimous vote of the Board of Education last week put Roane County another step closer to the full implementation of the 1:the World initiative that would put a laptop computer into the hands of every child in the school system.

    The school board voted to fund the program for the 2017-18 school year as part of an effort that could take several years to complete.

    During the 2017-18 year 1,270 devices will be added. More than 1,000 new devices will be added each year.

  • OFF the CUFF: Regular meetings are regular for a reason

    The late J.D. Sampson took his responsibility as a Harriman City Council member seriously.

    A Shop at Home advocate long before it was in vogue, J.D. made sure to buy his groceries, gas and staples in Harriman so his beloved city would benefit from the tax dollars his purchases generated.

    He was also a stickler about meeting attendance. Sampson vacations were planned around the first and second Tuesday of each month so J.D. could be in town and present for both regular Council meetings.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Who brings us the news? Men, mostly

    By Gene Policinski

    Who brings us the news? Mostly it’s still men, according to a new Women’s Media Center study, “Divided 2017.”

    The report says that among the major TV networks, online versions of CNN, Fox, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and the nation’s 10 largest newspapers:

  • Mega school sessions start today

    Roane County Schools is seeking community feedback about the new consolidated high school its planning to build. A series of public input and focus group sessions will be held this week, starting today – Wednesday.

    “We’re embarking in a pretty exciting stage of our high school building program planning,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “During this phase, we’re actually embarking upon a significant amount of public input and public feedback.”

  • Forbes names Covenant Health one of 500 top employers in America

    Covenant Health, parent company of Harriman’s Roane Medical Center, has been named one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes magazine

    Covenant Health is the highest-ranking Tennessee organization to receive the designation this year. 

  • Polk Salad Festival on the move to Rockwood

    The  annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival returns June 17 in a new location.

    This year’s festival will be in downtown Rockwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


    Amateur sleuths will get a chance to showcase their skills in a mystery dinner for a good cause.

    The murder mystery event, known playfully as WHODUNNIT?, is 7 to 9 p.m. June 17 at the Rockwood Event Center and raises money for the United Way of Roane County. 

  • Morgan County trio jailed on meth charges

     A trio from Morgan County were arrested on June 6 on methamphetamine charges after being stopped by Harriman police for expired registration

  • Splashdown
  • Those who served taking on storm debris

    A group of veterans and civilian volunteers are showing that serving the country continues after their service in the armed forces by helping people in Roane County.