Today's News

  • Register now to attend emergency management forum

    Online registration is open to the public for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s 10th Oak Ridge Emergency Management Forum set for Sept. 26 at the New Hope Center.
    This year’s forum theme, “Back to Basics: Partnerships in Emergency Management,” will feature general session speaker Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who will speak on current innovations in emergency management partnerships.

  • DarkHorse Design

    Colorful artwork depicting a post-apocalyptic world sit in the work space of Dark Horse Design.
    The scenes will soon be displayed at Battlefield Knoxville, a laser tag facility.
    Lars Paulson has done projects for various establishments, from a plane for Dollywood’s Barnstormer, the anchor outside the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, working Batmobiles for stunt shows and much more.
    Lars and Barrie Paulson moved here about nine years ago for a change in pace after working successfully in Florida.

  • Backstrom takes pride in success of PT program

    Kurt Backstrom could name hundreds of times his Roane State Community College students made him proud during his long career as director of the college’s physical therapist assistant program.
    One of his favorite moments happened this spring, Backstrom’s last as program director.
    For an honors project, two students developed detailed plans for the program’s future, and they presented their ideas to college faculty and staff.
    When Backstrom heard their presentation, he knew he had another proud moment to add to his list.

  • Keahey, Gray certified in crisis intervention

    Rockwood Police Department officers Randy Keahey and Dwayne Gray recently completed crisis intervention training and are now certified as CIT officers.
    The Rockwood officers were among the fifth class for CIT East Tennessee, which offers training in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Police Department and Ridgeview Behavioral Health Center, a not-for-profit community mental health center with offices in Harriman.

  • VW success could be big for Roane center

    Sales success for Volkswagen could mean expansion for the car company’s new Southeast Regional Distribution Center in Roane County.
    Adam Randall, a parts operation specialist for Volkswagen, said the 459,000-square-foot facility was built to support the company’s goal of selling 1 million vehicles – 800,000 Volkswagens and 200,000 Audis – in the United States by 2018.

  • Second petition against lawyer postpones hearing

    The disciplinary hearing for Harriman attorney Donice Butler that was scheduled to take place this week at the Roane County Courthouse has been postponed.
    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, filed a petition for discipline against Butler in May 2012.
    Another one was filed on Friday.
    “The board has requested the hearing be continued due to a supplemental petition that is before the hearing panel,” Rita Webb, the executive secretary for the board, said.

  • Harriman Happenings: July 15

    The Rev. Alvin Douglass was the guest speaker for the senior saints at Little Leaf Baptist Church in Oliver Springs.
    Twelve members were present, and all enjoyed his message. Afterward, they enjoyed a light lunch. This is where Elder Dews is pastor.
    Get-well wishes to Helen Roddy, who recently had eye surgery.
    Permelia Anderson spent two weeks in Stone Mountain, Ga., visiting her daughter, Pam Wright and her granddaughter, Stephanie Wright.

  • McMaster among finalists in YWCA’s Tribute to Women

    M. Jill McMaster of Roane County is among the outstanding East Tennessee women to be honored during next month’s prestigious 2013 YWCA Tribute to Women event.
    This YWCA event, in its 29th year, is East Tennessee’s foremost acknowledgment and appreciation of the contributions of area women.
    The award ceremony will be on Aug. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Historic Bijou Theatre.

  • Sidewalk, paving on in Rockwood

    When Rockwood Street Department spent less than planned in last fiscal year’s budget, officials  quickly put it to use.
    Sidewalks have been replaced in areas along Gateway Avenue, and other paving projects were done.
    “Totally, we did around $40,000 worth of repairs out of funds he had left,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe.
    She said Hugh O’Dell, street department head, was able to do the work because he managed his budget well.


    It’s taken years to get the Cornstalk Heights trailway grant project underway.
    “The project has finally started,” declared Bob Tidwell, a grant coordinator for the city of Harriman.
    “They started removing brick sidewalks today on Walden Street on the block just past Trenton.”
    Workers began taking up the historic old brick walkways on Walden Street last week in preparation to level and return the historic bricks on a more stable walking surface.
    Handicap-accessible corners will be at street intersections.