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Today's News

  • Brycelyn Steven Hennager

    Brycelyn Steven Hennager celebrated his fourth birthday on Sept. 11.

    His party theme was Monster Truck Jam.

    He is the son of Steven and Krystal Hennager of Ponchatoula, La., formerly of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are David and Carolyn Thomas of Rockwood, and Ronnie and Tina Hennager of Ozone.

    Great-grandparents are Marthalee Lowery, Bob Thomas and Dot Brown.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 26

    25 Years Ago
    Kingston Elementary School beat the odds of 10,000 to 1 by having five sets of twins among the 137 students in the kindergarten class. The twins included Sarah and Megan Robinson, Roseinna and Tracy Shelton, William and Robert Shannon, Kristin and Jennifer Renfro, and Tiffiany and Timothy Martin.

    10 Years Ago

  • Wheat lives on for those who called it home

    By Bonita Irwin, For Roane Newspapers
    Homecomings are nothing new for the people who lived in the former Wheat community or attended the Wheat Schools.

    This will be the 81st year of getting together.

    On Oct. 7, the reunion will be at George Jones Baptist Church in what was known as Wheat. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with A.L. Turpin bringing the message.

    Wheat no longer exists except in the hearts and minds of the ones who lived there.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Purcell 50th

    Jerry and Betty Purcell of Harriman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6.

    They were married in a Presbyterian church in Lake Station, Ind.

    The couple has three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Tigers, Devils prepare for round 93

    When it comes to high school football rivalries, it’s hard to top Harriman and Rockwood.

    The two teams started playing in 1921 and have been playing every year since 1923, which makes the annual meeting between the Tigers and Blue Devils the state’s longest consecutive running rivalry.

    Friday night at Civitan Field marks the 93rd meeting between to old foes, and this year’s battle is important as ever as both teams are looking to remain alive in the District 3-A race.

  • Chancellor recommends Harriman's Whaley as Roane State president

    A longtime Roane State employee, Roane State alumni and Harriman resident will be recommended as the next Roane State Community College president.

    Chris Whaley, currently vice president of student learning and chief academic officer at Roane State, will be recommended by Chancellor John Morgan to the full Tennessee Board of Regents and ask them to approve him in a special telephonic meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.

  • Schools rally to hold onto $1 million in TVA funds

    Officials with Roane County Schools expect a surplus when the $32 million building program is finished.  

    “It looks like we’re going to have in excess of $1 million remaining,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    “Any items that have been purchased, but not paid, we’ve accounted for, we think,” added Lee Maines, who was hired to oversee the $32 million program for the school system. “We feel pretty good about our numbers.”

  • Bible, boat tools of fisherman’s trade

    It wasn’t a bolt of lighting, but it was just as dangerous and had the same effect.

    Rockwood native Wesley Strader was employed as a high-wire lineman for Tennessee Valley Authority when he was nearly electrocuted during an accident at work.

    That’s when he made the decision to do something different with his life.

    “I had nightmares about it,” said Strader, 40, now living in Spring City.

  • Harriman attorney speaks out about legal, health woes

    Life hasn’t been easy for Harriman attorney Donice Butler in recent years.

    She was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy and had months of chemotherapy.

    County records show that she owes money because of unpaid taxes.

    Her ability to practice law is also in jeopardy.  

    The state board that oversees the conduct of attorneys has received multiple complaints about Butler.

  • Rockwood financials get a ‘yay!’

    Bill Thompson has never been one to mince words on Rockwood’s financial affairs — and a gathering of city officials last week was no exception.

    “Yay!” he proclaimed enthusiastically during the first meeting of the city’s new finance committee. “This looks a whole lot better than it’s looked before.”

    The number that had the Rockwood City Council member cheering was $185,711.83 — the Aug. 31 ending balance in the city’s general fund.