Today's News

  • Rumors fly on school cuts

    Without additional funding from the county, the Roane County Board of Education will have to decide what cuts to make to its program.
    And while rumors on school closing and program elimination have been flying, nothing has been decided at this point, according to Board Member Wade McCullough.

  • Harriman shows off for prospects

    Sunshine and the excitement and pride of Harriman residents painted a tapestry of what the city of Harriman is, was and could be.
    Mariann D’Alessandro moved here several years ago. She remembers buying her shoes from the old Edwards Shoe Store and the beautiful nights walking her dogs around downtown.
    “I think now nobody realizes how nice it was. It made an impact on me,” she said.
    “Honest to God, I love this town.”

  • Rockwood man killed in truck accident

    A Rockwood passenger was killed in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning on U.S. Hwy. 27 in North Harriman.
    David A. Perkins, 70, was died while riding in a pickup driven by James D. Perkins, 32, also of Rockwood, who was injured.
    The pickup struck a truck with an empty box trailer, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports.
    Both vehicles were northbound on Hwy. 27 in the right lane. The truck and trailer attempted to turn right and the pickup failed to yield, THP reports said.


    A story that appeared in the June 7 edition about the property tax abatement Volkswagen received contained incorrect information. The car company got a 10-year property tax abatement as part of its deal to build a distribution center in Roane County. Volkswagen will not pay any property taxes during that period, including the portion that would go to schools. The county is considering not offering similar deals to future industries.

  • Second Chance sets rabies clinic

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Vaccines available include first-year rabies for $12, three-year rabies for $20 and distemper/parvo for $10.

    In addition, testing for heart worm and feline leukemia will be available at a cost of $20 per pet beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    Heart worm preventative will be available for purchase after testing.

    Cost of the preventative is dependent on the dog’s weight.

  • The Garden Gate: Yucca, aloe still magical and mysterious wonders

    Have you noticed how many gardens are featuring the tall, heavily blossom-laden stalks of yuccas?

    Perhaps you don’t call them yuccas. You may know them by one of their many aliases: Spanish bayonet, desert candle, moon candle, Adam’s needle, manihot, cassava or manioc.

  • Saturday’s Day in Park with Artists

    Arts Council of Roane County will have A Day in the Park with Artists from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 in Roane County Park pavilion 2.

    The event is a celebration of the arts with  area artists, fine crafters and performers.

    Public admission is free; refreshments will be available.

    Email artscouncilofroanecounty@gmail.com for details or booth reservations.

  • Uselton-Dearman

    Keith and Penelope Uselton of Kingston announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Anna Lauren, to James Robert Dearman.

    He is the son of Jim and Carol Dearman of Madison, Ala.

    The ceremony will be July 14 at Ruby Nashville.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Edward and Laura Uselton, and Bobby Hickman of Lynnville and the late Mary Ann Hickman.

    She is a 2009 graduate of Roane County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lipscomb University with a major in English.

  • Newly appointed police chief has big plans for Rockwood lawmen

    Danny Wright may not be sworn in as Rockwood’s new police chief until July 1, but he already has a lot in mind for the department.

    He recently met with the city’s officers and gave them some idea of what is to come.

    He explained what he has planned to Rockwood City Council recently as well.

    “It is not a job; it is not an occupation,” Wright said of police work.

    “It is a profession.”

  • Austin-Parsons

    Ashley Elizabeth Austin and Matthew Craig Parsons, both of Harriman, announce their forthcoming marriage.

    The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 on the beach in Destin, Fla.

    The bride-elect’s parents are Tommy Austin (father), Deni Milburn (mother), Jennifer Austin (stepmother) and Bill Milburn (stepfather).

    Her grandparents are the late Carl and Alva Austin and the late Ruby Smythe. Her stepgrandparents are Jane and Frank Venable.

    The prospective groom is the son of Steve and Connie Parsons of Kingston.