Today's News

  • Waves sweep 'Kees

    County rivalries are always big, but for many fans of Midway High School, just mention Greenback and that’s the team they most want to beat. 

  • Kingston rallies to sweep Tigers

    Monday night was “Comeback Night” for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets in their match-up with county rival Rockwood as both teams found themselves trailing in the second half before rallying for victories.

  • Muse Watson performance to raise funds for Princess Theatre

    Harriman’s Hollywood connection, veteran actor Muse Watson, will perform “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” a Dec. 21 holiday concert benefiting the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    Watson, who has a home in Harriman, will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Dr. Eric Littleton.

    Littleton is a Harriman native who has a family medical practice in Sevierville.

    Tickets are $10 each and are available at Rocky Top General Store in South Harriman and the Harriman Jewelry Exchange.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Countryside Café fixes home-cooked helpings

    “If is wasn’t for this place, I’d starve to death.  My cook (wife) is a registered nurse and works eight hours on, and eight hours off,” Greg Buckner told me on this “Out To Lunch” adventure at Countryside Café.

    Greg is broker with Darrell Murray Auction & Realty Co. in Athens, and also a farmer. He lives about a mile north of Countryside Café, up Hwy. 58.  Today he was having a hamburger steak dinner with a baked potato.

  • Kingston annual report gets kudos

    By Mike Gibson
    The City of Kingston received early Christmas kudos from the firm doing their annual audit report at the December council workshop.
    Susie Jones Clay of Daniels, Uselton and Clay said the city’s audit, finished every year around this time, was “a very good audit report; all projects tracked well; all departments stayed within budgets.”

  • New gas station eyeing Midtown

    Weigels Stores Inc. is looking at locating a new station in Harriman on Hwy. 70 and will be appearing before the Harriman beer board at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.
    The meeting is to consider an application for a permit to sell beer for off-premise consumption.
    “We are going through the process of getting approval at the city of Harriman,” said Chris Ooten, director of real estate.

  • Bank of America gives back

    Officials with Bank of America presented Mid-East Community Action Agency with a $10,000 contribution Dec. 3.
    Jim Checolo, the consumer market manager for the Knoxville area, said Bank of America sets aside funds for charitable organizations each year. Decisions about where the money goes are made on the local level, however.
    “So it’s not just one big corporation making these decisions,” Checolo said. “It’s based on the efforts that this charitable organization does in Roane County.”

  • Kingston hopeful on grant chance

    By Mike Gibson
    Blocked once from a block grant, Kingston officials are taking their cues from an old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed…”
    Kingston Council members placed a resolution to apply for fiscal 2013 Community Development Block Grant Funds up to $500,000. There’s a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 18 in Council Chambers at the community center to discuss suitable subjects for grant funding.

  • Mugger not first time offender

    The alleged mugging of an 84-year-old woman wasn’t Benjamin Heath Clark’s first run-in with the law this year. According to court records, Clark was arrested for public intoxication on Aug. 7. He was found guilty in September and fined $50.
    Court records also show that Clark’s wife filed a petition for an order of protection against him. She alleged that Clark forced himself on her while she was sleeping.

  • Salvation Army needs volunteers

    The ringing of bells outside of shopping centers has become as much a part of Christmas time as Santa Claus and his reindeer.
    The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Roane County has bell ringing days at several locations including the Harriman Kroger, Kingston Food City and Rockwood Walmart.
    The group would always love to see more volunteers, including a site coordinator to return bell ringing to Harriman Food City.
    “We traditionally have four sites in Roane County,” said Bob Lepsig.