Today's News

  • Lane closures won’t slow down holiday travelers

    Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday.  

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6  a.m. July 3 through 6 a.m. July 8 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

  • Blue Devils competing in AA tourney
  • TWRA requests input on migratory bird issues

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking public input on two migratory bird issues.
    The first issue involves the opening day of the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting seasons. Due to the federal framework and Tennessee’s 60-day waterfowl season, the season would open up on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 28.  The agency has the option to split the season and have an opening weekend on Saturday Nov. 23 (also the opening of the deer gun season) or on Saturday, Nov. 16 (potential lack of water and/or ducks).

  • Avery Trace DAR holds golf tourney

    Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its 4th annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at the Southwest Point Golf Club.

  • ACAC competes in Chattanooga

    Special to the News
    A deluge of rain could not stop Atomic City Aquatics Club swimmers recently at the Chattanooga Invitational Long Course Meet.  

  • Roane teams on different paths at Dixie Youth A tourney

    The Rockwood A All-Stars and Kingston A All-Stars played two games each on Saturday in the Dixie Youth District 8 A Tournament at Tellico Plains.

  • Selling the Boom

    Wayne Lewis has been selling fireworks for the past 10 years in Roane County. Louie's Fireworks is located at Swamp Pond and Highway 70. Lewis and his wife, ReGennia, started selling fireworks for their children.
    "It's a family thing, we don't try and make a lot on our fireworks," Lewis said, "Just something we love to do together."
    Lewis and his wife stay at their location throughout the night to keep an eye on things. Having a bed, coffee machine, microwave and potable toilet help make the nights easier.

  • Harriman councilman owes county taxes

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson loyally attends city meetings.

    He’s so passionate about the city he serves that he won’t shop elsewhere, and he often playfully chides officials for shopping at Walmart, the retail giant that left Harriman for Rockwood years ago.

    His loyalty, though noble, may mean little if he doesn’t
    pay back taxes owed to the county.

  • Highway department retirees honored at picnic

    Roane County Highway Department honored five retiring workers last week with a picnic and ceremony at the department’s headquarters in Midtown.

    “Our five retirees have worked 46,022 days and an amazing 1,104,528 hours, not including overtime hours, for Roane County,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    Retirees honored include Larry Alford, 23 years; Judy Bensey, 16 years; Joe Britton, 39 years; Donna Patterson, 15 years; and Ronnie Turpin, 32 years.

  • Pinnacle Pointe suit may be out

    An end to a six-year-long battle over who owes whom between the city of Harriman and shopping-center developers may soon come to an end if a Harriman official has his way.

    Harriman officials will discuss Tuesday whether to drop litigation against Prestige Land Co.’s Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham, developers of Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.