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Today's News

  • Hospital six months away from finish

    Roane Medical Center now is only six months away from completing construction on its new 155,000-square-foot medical center campus that will include a state-of-the-art hospital and a professional office building.

    Roane Medical Center first received approval in April 2011 from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to build the new medical complex.

    The 64-acre campus is under construction on Roane State Hwy. in Midtown near Pinnacle Pointe, a commercial shopping center just off the Harriman/Midtown exit of Interstate 40.

  • Roane Medical Center construction: Just the facts

    • The site crew has moved 260,000 cubic yards of earth. Comparatively, nearly 21 feet of dirt covers the University of Tennessee’s Shields-Watkins Field.

    • The campus has 831 tons of structural steel. Elephants average 5 tons, so that’s about 166 elephants.

    • There’s 78,000 square feet of dry wall. About 2 acres, or nearly 16 football fields.

    • The 545,000 feet of light gauge framing is equivalent to 104 miles.

  • Out to Lunch: More than sundae delightful at Angie's Restaurant

    Places we visit for my “Out to Lunch” adventures are usually influenced by recommendations from readers or folks I’ve interviewed for previous articles.

    During a previous “Out to Lunch” visit, I asked Carrie Jones, who lives in Wartburg and works for Tennessee Eye Care Center by Lowe’s in Midtown, about restaurants in Morgan County.

    One she mentioned was on my prospect list: Angie’s Restaurant, on the corner across from the Morgan County Courthouse in Wartburg at 307 N. Kingston Ave.

  • Businessman pleads guilty to 3 counts of sales tax evasion

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Lee owns Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart in Harriman and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston.

    He entered a guilty plea for each business.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen sentenced Lee, 44, to eight years probation. Lee was granted judicial diversion.

    He was also ordered to pay $280,752.52 to the state of Tennessee in restitution.  

  • Dyllis Springs: Students help cut ribbon to open school that arose from the ashes

    Breelyn Woodward loves everything about Dyllis Springs Elementary School.

    “She just hates that she has to leave it after this year,” grandmother Vickie Gouge said.   

    Breelyn, a fourth grader, and Kansas Butler, a pre-K student, helped officials celebrate the completion of Roane County’s newest school.

  • Lower school pupil numbers concern Harriman leaders

    Dwindling numbers of students attending schools in Harriman has not escaped the notice of city leaders.

    In response, Harriman City Council members may appeal to the Roane County Board of Education to redistrict the school system so that an even distribution of students are enrolled at the schools.

  • Race is on for Storm the Fort

    Most people would consider the notion of swimming, then biking and running in the late-August heat to the point of exhaustion a perfectly miserable way to spend a day.

    To the 132 participants in last year’s Storm the Fort Triathlon, it was just perfect. Or at least that was tenor of feedback that Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross got at the conclusion of the city’s first triathlon event.

  • Bug may stymie brush situation

    Brush piling higher and higher at the city property known as the Harriman Industrial Park near Fiske Heights continues to bug Harriman officials.

    But what really bugs them is an insect that prevents the city from chipping the brush and giving it away or selling it for mulch.

    The brush at the site is collected by street department crews from city property and from residents requesting roadside pickup of yard debris, particularly after foul weather.

  • Man jailed for hurling puppy from vehicle

    Jack Lee Chesser Jr. was arrested on Thursday for cruelty to animals.

    A witness told police he saw Chesser throw a puppy out of a moving truck.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the witness retrieved the puppy and drove to Ladd Landing, where he saw the truck.

  • Princess on parade at street fest

    Downtown Harriman will again be the place to be when enjoying a day off work on Labor Day.

    The Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 with more music and entertainment than ever. A stage outside and entertainment in the Princess Theatre makes it an ideal time for those who haven’t yet gotten a peek in the historic building or just seeking a cool place to listen to good music.

    The festival ends as usual at 6 p.m.