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Today's News

  • Harriman man may be new DDR recordholder

    The Guinness Book of World Records entry for a Dance Dance Revolution marathon has been blown out of the water.

    Harriman’s Travis Houk said he completed a staggering 40 hours, 2 minutes and 12 seconds dancing with the computer game during an event at Zuma Fun Center in Knoxville.

    If Guinness accepts the  28-year-old’s entry, it will replace the currently-held record of 15 hours, 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

  • EMS workers resign amid probe

    The county received resignations from a group of ambulance department employees last week.
    County Executive Ron Woody would not confirm or deny if the employees were seen drinking at an area restaurant while in uniform.
    “I got a call saying ‘Ronnie, we had a complaint, we started an investigation, we’re going to have some resignations,’” he said.
    Woody said five employees — three full-time and two part-time — were the subject of the investigation.

  • WHEN IN ROANE: The judge wore WHAT?!? But wait till you hear what the mayor and council did

    Taking part in a scavenger hunt has always sounded like fun.

    Taking part in a scavenger hunt that breaks a world record and has the potential of winning world class trip sounds even better.

    Not only do the participants get a chance to help break the world record, which is cool in itself, but also winners will go to Rome, which for me would be my first visit outside the United States.

  • Building at auction, bank staying put

    The building that holds the Regions Bank in downtown Harriman is being auctioned off along with six other Regions locations in Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

    Signs announcing the auction, which will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 for the Harriman location, said the bank will remain open.

    Bank branch manager Ted Meredith said the bank doesn’t own the building, but the sale shouldn’t change business.

    “They are going to honor our lease,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

  • Hospital construction right on schedule

    Construction crews at the new Roane Medical Center campus are busier than ever with major construction milestones near completion.

    With mass grading nearly complete, the 64 acres of land have been recontoured and leveled to accommodate the 155,000-square-foot medical center campus that will include a state-of-the-art hospital, an adjacent new medical office building and large and easily accessible parking areas.

    Steel construction is under way with crews anticipating completion by early December.

  • Jeffries’ business Home Made for success

    Country crafts, homegrown canned vegetables and fruit and other items fill Home Made, a new storefront on West Rockwood Street in downtown Rockwood.

    One thing is certain: a lot of folks have a ready appetite for the merchandise store owner Tammy Jeffries offers.
    “Our No. 1 seller here is fried pies and canned food,” she said.

  • Enrichment’s Gloves of Love earns kudos

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union is the 2011 recipient of the Tennessee Credit Union League’s Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility.

    The credit union submitted the Roane County Branch’s community project, Gloves of Love, to be evaluated against other community projects in the state. 

  • Midway Middle battles Lenoir City

    After take nine days off around Thanksgiving, the Midway Middle School basketball teams returned to action Thursday with a pair of games at home against Lenoir City.

  • RMS splits with OSMS

    In a hardwood version of "tug-of-war", it was the Oliver Springs Middle School Lady Bobcats scratching and clawing their way to a hard-fought 25-22 victory Thursday evening at Rockwood. 

  • Second half surges lead Jackets past OS

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets defended their home court in style Thursday night, as both squads picked up victories over county rival Oliver Springs.