Today's News

  • Loden completes pharmacy schooling

    Rebekah Leane Loden of Rockwood recently earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with cum laude honors from East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

    A 2003 graduate of Rockwood High School, she completed a year of the prepharmacy curriculum at Roane State Community College before transferring to the University of Tennessee to earn a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.

    Loden began her pharmacy training in 2003 as a student technician at Live and Let Live Drugstore in Rockwood.

  • GUEST OPINION: County could have prevented school mess

    Former District 2 County Commissioner
    As a former Roane County commissioner representing District 2, I attended a joint meeting of the school board and county commission.

    I asked then-director-of-schools Toni McGriff why the board was intending to build a new school for Dyllis near Oliver Springs instead of building it at DeArmond Crossing for Walnut Hills Elementary and Dyllis.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Closure of Airport Road brings memories

    It appears from reports emanating from South Africa that the life of Nelson Mandela is probably nearing its end.

    Considering the awful mistreatment to which he was subjected in his younger years, including imprisonment on Robin Island for over two decades, it is a wonder that he has survived into his nineties, but this shows that the strength of his body is almost as great as the strength of his mind, his spirit, and his integrity.

  • Important Temperance fixes made

    Improvements to preserve the historic Temperance Building in downtown Harriman are happening; it’s just not the kind of work that can be seen from the street.

    Structural improvements include bracing sagging floors from the basement.

    “It was a lot of work to get it to here,” said Bill Milburn, project manager.

  • Arthur goes Opry



    Oliver Spring’s Janelle Arthur debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last week. The singer finished in the top five on the latest season of American Idol, the televised singing competition on Fox.

  • REU readies for new offices

    Rockwood Electric Utility is moving forward with plans for a new building for its offices.

    The board approved a contract with architects McCarty Holsaple McCarty for the site development of 33 acres the utility purchased a few years ago with the intent of building a new facility.

    The property is off of Tedder Street in Rockwood, adjacent to the substation.

    Manager Kendell Bear said the utility’s main building, built in 1949, is old and employees are scattered among three buildings.

  • Fundraiser for Princess features Tams

    Live music continues at Harriman’s Princess Theatre this summer.

    The Tams and C. Vaughn Leslie & Boys’ Night Out will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

    The Tams originated in Atlanta in 1962 and are known for their jaunty hats which inspired their name.

    Among their better known tunes  are “What Kind of Fool” and “Untie Me.”
    More information about the band can be found on their website, www.thetams.com.

  • Blue Devils roll to AA sub-district title

    The Harriman AA All-Stars captured the Dixie Youth west sub-district title Tuesday evening with a 12-4 victory over Caryville American in a game played at Spring City.

  • Jackets top Tigers for sub-district A title

    The Kingston and Rockwood A All-Stars put on a show Tuesday evening in Rockwood with the Dixie Youth west sub-district title on the line, and in the end, it was Kingston surviving in extra innings to capture the championship, 21-18.


    Several hundred people crammed into two courtrooms and still spilled out into the hall to attend a public hearing Monday on a proposed 14-cent Roane County property tax rate increase.
    School officials have said the money is needed to make up for cuts in state funding.

    The debate was spirited as both sides  stepped up to the microphone.
    “I’ve got two kids in the school system,” Steve Hedrick said. “I hate to say this probably as much as anybody, but I ask that you hold this tax rate steady.”