Today's News

  • 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.

  • Last load of ash excavated from TVA Kingston spill site

    Friday marked another milestone in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “As of today, we have removed the last load of ash from the lake that we intend to,” said Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    “We are now done excavating ash.”

  • Harriman Happenings: July 1

    There was recently a celebration of life for Helen Louise Treece, who recently passed away  at Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville.

    She was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Valentino McNeal is pastor. She served on the kitchen ministry, monthly newsletter team and fellowship exercise class.

    She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend, but most of all she was a Christian lady.

    The Jones and Lawrence families from Harriman are her relatives.

  • Comptroller visits in Roane

    Taking on public corruption doesn’t come without some backlash.

    “That’s part of the game,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson said.

    “We have people who don’t think we’re accurate. We have people who don’t think we’re fair or there are people that just don’t like for us to say what we found.”

    Wilson, one of the state’s constitutional officers, visited Roane County on Friday.

  • Fewer on the job in May

    Roane County’s employment went up a bit in May to 8.2 percent, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 0.4 percent higher than in April. The county’s jobless rate was at 7.5 percent a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,220 workers in Roane County’s 27,370 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Rocky Houston wants a lawyer, after all

    After months of representing himself, Rocky Houston is ready to call it quits.

    He filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week asking for an attorney.

    “I, Rocky Joe Houston, is requesting the appointment of a competent legal counsel representative free from conflict of interest to represent me
    on said criminal charges,” he wrote in the motion.

    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.