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Today's News

  • 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.
     

  • DEALS & WHEELS
  • 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.

  • Meat House aims to introduce Chicago flair to Roane County

    Chicago is an area of the United States known for great food, and now Navardo and Genaro Esparaza are bringing that Midwestern flavor to Roane County with their new Meat House BBQ & More in Midtown.

    “We decided to come to this area because we think this area needs a good mom-and-pop-type business,” owner Navardo Esparaza said.

    “We have a passion to cook. We love the enjoyment of seeing someone’s face when the food is good.”

  • Harriman Happenings-June 13

    A dedication ceremony for the new Korean War Memorial was held at David Webb Riverfront Park on Memorial Day to pay tribute to the Korean veterans that paid the ultimate price for freedom during the Korean War.

    The Korean War was a hard fought war that lasted from June 1950 to July 1953. This war claimed the lives of 36,574 American soldiers, another 103,284 were wounded and 7,800 are still unaccounted for.

    A few of the Korean War veterans of Roane County that were present for this ceremony are Cecil Johnson, Clyde Jones, James Little and Eugene Cozart.

  • Boys & Girls Club summer going well

    Boys & Girls Club of Roane County kicked off its summer program late last month, and it’s promising to be a busy one.

    Already the club has a record number of children, ranging from kindergarten to high school.

    Harriman Councilman Buddy Holley was impresed with the youth, who had stopped and talked with him recently as they passed his home coming back from an outing at Killefer Park.

    Mayor Chris Mason is a big advocate for the program and said they need to get clubs open in Kingston and Rockwood as well to serve area youth.

  • Harriman Police Chief on paid leave after accusations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle has been placed on paid administrative leave as an investigation into anonymous allegations is conducted. 

    Check out Monday's Roane County News for more on this ongoing story.

  • Business Is Berry Good

    When Terry and Vickey Skeen married in 2001, they began looking for a way to supplement their income when they retired.

    They came up with Honeys Blueberry Farm, a farm on Kingston Highway between Kingston and Loudon where customers can pick their own blueberries.

    “In 2003, we started looking for a farm,” Vickey Skeen said. “We were looking for a farm and a place where he could hunt. That was his dream. We looked all around. Some places were too expensive and some were not in a good location. We found this place in a real estate book.

  • Business Is Berry Good

    When Terry and Vickey Skeen married in 2001, they began looking for a way to supplement their income when they retired.

    They came up with Honeys Blueberry Farm, a farm on Kingston Highway between Kingston and Loudon where customers can pick their own blueberries.

    “In 2003, we started looking for a farm,” Vickey Skeen said. “We were looking for a farm and a place where he could hunt. That was his dream. We looked all around. Some places were too expensive and some were not in a good location. We found this place in a real estate book.