Today's News

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 5

    God gave us a wonderful day Sunday as the women of St. Mary’s Baptist Church celebrated our annual Women’s Day.

    The theme was “Women of Faith.” Sister Joann Palmer was the worship leader for the morning worship service.

    Music was provided by different tapes, which were great. Our theme song was “Have Faith in God.”

    Sister Elfredia Williams was our speaker. Her message was great.

    Our afternoon worship leader was Sister Sheila Hall.

  • Polk Salad Fest, Pageant end reign

    The popular springtime festival at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is being retired.

    David Webb, the park’s namesake, has helmed the festival since its inception in 2008, when it spun off from the initial Miss Polk Salad pageant.

    “We are trying to encourage him to do things for himself. He’s 76 years old, and he needs to be having some fun,” said Webb’s daughter, Debbie Mee.

    “We just want him to have more time with family. It is hard for him, but he knows it is the best thing.”

  • Relay for Life gears up for '13

    Roane County’s Relay for Life exceeded its 2012 goal of $52,000, instead raising around $60,000.

    With that in mind, and a goal of increasing the number of teams, coordinators for the American Cancer Society fundraiser have set an even higher goal next year of $75,000.

    “The kind of overall theme of Relay is ‘dream big, hope big and Relay big,’ so in Roane County we’re planning big,” said chairwoman Fran Puckett.

    Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Rockwood First Presbyterian Church.

  • Meth labs busted

    Jennifer Mathieu asked if she could retrieve some underclothes when deputies showed up to arrest her on a theft warrant last Thursday.

    Her request led to more trouble.

  • Decision 2012: Republicans working to color blue states

    For those who want to see President Obama defeated on Election Day, Tennessee is not the state they have to worry about.

    “It’s clearly a red state,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    That’s why members of the Roane County Tea Party have spent time in battleground states this election season.

    “I spent the weekend in Ohio two weeks ago going door-to-door,” Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said.

  • Decision 2012: Democratic support a costly endeavor

    The back window of Bob Cowan’s truck is a collage of pro-Obama and pro-Democrat stickers.

    Showing support for his president and party hasn’t been cheap for Cowan, however.

    The chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party said he once had his truck keyed.

    “It took $1,300 to get it fixed,” he said.

    Instead of taking down the stickers, Cowan said he was so upset that he decided to put more stickers on his back window.

  • Decision 2012: Lines may be long at polling sites

    Turnout was brisk during early voting in Roane County.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said 12,664 people cast early and absentee ballots during the Oct. 17-Nov. 1 period.

    That was more than the total number of votes (11,156) cast in the Aug. 2 state primary and county general election.

  • Arrests: Oct. 21-24, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Oct. 21 — Joshua Allen Argubright, 29, 816 Georgia St., Harriman: bail with conditions/12 hour hold. Bond $1,500; court date Nov. 26.

    • Ashley Nicole Ashbrook, 19, 2180 Daysville Road, Rockwood: bail with conditions/12 hour hold. Bond $1,500; court date Nov. 26.

  • General Sessions Court: Aug. 2-17, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 2 — John A. Lelle, financial responsibility law, speeding. Traffic tickets paid in full.

    • Timothy W. Joseph, rules and regulation. Dismissed, cost to state.

    • Robert H. Snow Jr., rules and regulations. Dismissed, cost to state.

    • Kevin P. Simpson, rules and regulations. Dismissed, cost to state.

  • Barger new to RSCC Foundation

    Roane County business leader Eric Barger is the newest member of the board of directors for the Roane State Community College Foundation.

    Barger is vice president of C.R. Barger & Sons Inc., a Roane County company founded in the early 1960s by his grandparents, C.R. and Mary Barger.

    A 1994 Harriman High School graduate, Barger completed his associate’s degree at Roane State in 1997 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Technological University.