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Today's News

  • Chancellor recommends Harriman's Whaley as Roane State president

    A longtime Roane State employee, Roane State alumni and Harriman resident will be recommended as the next Roane State Community College president.

    Chris Whaley, currently vice president of student learning and chief academic officer at Roane State, will be recommended by Chancellor John Morgan to the full Tennessee Board of Regents and ask them to approve him in a special telephonic meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.

  • Schools rally to hold onto $1 million in TVA funds

    Officials with Roane County Schools expect a surplus when the $32 million building program is finished.  

    “It looks like we’re going to have in excess of $1 million remaining,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    “Any items that have been purchased, but not paid, we’ve accounted for, we think,” added Lee Maines, who was hired to oversee the $32 million program for the school system. “We feel pretty good about our numbers.”

  • Bible, boat tools of fisherman’s trade

    It wasn’t a bolt of lighting, but it was just as dangerous and had the same effect.

    Rockwood native Wesley Strader was employed as a high-wire lineman for Tennessee Valley Authority when he was nearly electrocuted during an accident at work.

    That’s when he made the decision to do something different with his life.

    “I had nightmares about it,” said Strader, 40, now living in Spring City.

  • Harriman attorney speaks out about legal, health woes

    Life hasn’t been easy for Harriman attorney Donice Butler in recent years.

    She was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy and had months of chemotherapy.

    County records show that she owes money because of unpaid taxes.

    Her ability to practice law is also in jeopardy.  

    The state board that oversees the conduct of attorneys has received multiple complaints about Butler.

  • Rockwood financials get a ‘yay!’

    Bill Thompson has never been one to mince words on Rockwood’s financial affairs — and a gathering of city officials last week was no exception.

    “Yay!” he proclaimed enthusiastically during the first meeting of the city’s new finance committee. “This looks a whole lot better than it’s looked before.”

    The number that had the Rockwood City Council member cheering was $185,711.83 — the Aug. 31 ending balance in the city’s general fund.

  • Marina owner again runs afoul of the law

    Alan Schneider, the owner of Bayside Marina, continues to find himself in legal trouble. His latest arrest happened last Thursday in Kingston.

    According to the arrest report, Schneider struck a car on Gallaher Road.

    “He then continued southbound on Gallaher Road in the turn lane, passing vehicles in a reckless manner,” the report said. “He traveled onto I-40 westbound and exited at the 352 and was finally stopped on Kingwood Street by Sgt. Jamie Melton.”

  • More than $55,000 in state grants given to sheriff, police departments

    Law-enforcement agencies in Roane County are the recipients of grants totaling $55,600 to be disbursed through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office will receive a $15,000 network coordinator grant and $25,600 to administer A Safer Roane County.

    Grants of $5,000 each were awarded to police departments in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs for high visibility law-enforcement campaigns.

  • Harriman Happenings: Sept. 24

    Due to the absence of Pastor Jesse Williams last Sunday, Preacher Bernard Bertram delivered the spoken Word.

    His text was taken from Job 2:1-5. Sermon subject was “He’s there all the time.” This was a great message. Music was provided by the Gospel Chorus.

    Everyone present was blessed. Preacher Bertram’s wife also worshipped with us.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Sept. 24

    Jessica Torris and Casady Williams visited me for a nice little visit. Shannon Money visited me also while they were here.

    Visiting me also were Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McKinney and family, Nathan, Abby and Ben McKinney. They have returned to their home in Georgia.

  • Alfords flip ‘Best of Roane’ Bob's Burgers for quarter of a century

    Bob Alford never envisioned himself in the restaurant business, let alone the owner of a burger joint serving Roane Countians for a quarter of a century.

    Bob’s Burgers, which he and his wife Debbie operate in Midtown, celebrated its historic 25-year anniversary earlier this year.