Today's News

  • Harriman girls edge past Lady Jackets

    After nearly four quarters of back-and-forth action, the Lady Devils were able to secure a victory over the Lady Jackets, 48-37.

    “Both teams played extremely hard,” Harriman head coach Johnny Jones said. “It was not a great offensive game. I think both teams have been struggling to score lately. We know each other so well, it’s just hard to play against each other.”

    Kingston opened up with a 9-2 run, but Harriman rallied back in the first quarter to hold a 15-13 lead going into the second period.

  • Kingston rallies to defeat Blue Devils

    On Jan. 12, The Associated Press announced Harriman High School as the 10th best Class A boys basketball team in the state of Tennessee.

    Fast forward a few days and the Kingston Krazies were chanting “overrated” as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Blue Devils 76-69.

    “This town needs games like that,” Kingston head coach Colt Narramore said. “We need wins against a good team. Our student section is just dying to cheer for us. Our whole community just showed up to watch. That’s about as good of a high school atmosphere as you’re going to get in the state of Tennessee.”

  • Williams no longer at Roane Alliance

    Darrell Williams posted on his Facebook page last week that he was fired from his job at The Roane Alliance.

    A phone call to a number listed in his name went unanswered.

    “He’s no longer employed at The Roane Alliance,” Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said of Williams.

    Creswell declined to further comment.

    “We can’t comment on human resource issues,” he said.

    Williams spent nearly five years with The Alliance, which is the county’s economic development organization.

  • County behind board on TVA permit altering

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has been directed by Roane County Commission to write a letter to the state expressing the Commission’s support of the county’s Environmental Review Board’s position on TVA’s permit modification.

    TVA is seeking the modification to store dry fly ash at its landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill currently takes dry gypsum.

  • Harriman fire chief grateful for community support

    People come together during tragedy, and Harriman has seen firsthand how true that is this month.

    An emotional Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss expressed a lot of gratitude for the reaction the city received when a fire destroyed the Miller & Brewer department store building on Jan. 8.

    “Just the way people came together … I was born across the river, and I am proud to be part of Harriman,” Goss said tearfully.

  • Kingdom Heirs sing for fire dept. benefit
  • School board mulls longer breaks for fall, spring

    The Roane County Board of Education wants more time before voting on the 2015-16 school calender.

    Two options are under consideration. The one that’s referred to as a balanced calendar includes a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    Two-week fall and spring breaks haven’t been included in past calendars, but school officials said a survey showed that a majority of employees are in favor of the balanced calendar.


    It appears the lanes of traffic closest to Harriman’s former Miller & Brewer department store and adjacent buildings will remain closed for quite a bit longer.

    Cleanup is still underway at the site, and adjoining structures have been deemed unsafe, according a structural engineering report city officials received late Thursday.

    “Basically, he makes two points to me summarizing up everything,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • County says no to East Roane Dollar General

    Last week, commissioners heard what a proposed East Roane County Dollar General Store might generate for the county in tax revenue.

    “Between $60,000 to $80,000 a year,” Dollar General representative Melissa Ballard said at the Jan. 12 meeting.

    That wasn’t enough to convince a majority of commissioners to rezone a 3-acre piece of property for the project.

    Opponents applauded when the request failed 9 to 6.

    “I ain’t selling out that community for five jobs,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

  • Little strip, big headache for Harriman

    Harriman officials are looking for legal help to deal with a new lawsuit dealing with annexation proceedings from more than a half century ago.

    Retired attorney Gerald Largen rattled the city’s cages when he filed litigation last month to declare 1950s annexations as null and void.

    “We do need legal representation on this,” confirmed Mayor Chris Mason last week.

    “I initially contacted Sandy McPherson on this because he does know municipal law,” the mayor said of the longtime Kingston city attorney.