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Today's News

  • Plemens marks 102nd with special celebration

    Ethel Plemens turned 102 years old on April 3.

    She celebrated with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends at Renaissance Terrace on March 31.

    Plemens has been a resident of Renaissance Terrace, Harriman, for the last few years.

    Until about a year and a half ago, she walked with the aid of only a cane. She would walk the halls and visit other residents there.  

    She continues to have an ever-ready smile for family, friends and staff.  

  • Mead-Morrow

    Willard and Beth Mead of Rockwood announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth Mead, to Chase Morrow.

    He is the son of Terry and Renee Morrow of Cleveland.

    The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 12 in Rockwood First Baptist Church. A reception will follow in Grande Vista Bay Clubhouse, Rockwood.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Carl and Ann Wilkerson and Barbara Mead, all of Rockwood, and the late Charles G. Mead.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 11

    Madison and Miciah Caruthers celebrated their 14th birthday Saturday, March 31.

    They live in Murfreesboro but celebrated their special day in Nashville.

    Their grandparents, Spencer and Judy Anderson from Harriman, joined them for their special day along with their mother, LaToya.

    They spent the day at Opry Mills shopping. Later they dined at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant. Judy said the food was great.

    After the meal, Madison and Miciah had fun and played games in part of the restaurant.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of April 11

    25 Years Ago
    A one-night occupant of a cell in the Rockwood Safety Department was not incarcerated, but just passing through. V.A. Kelly, 72, of Illinois, was about two months into his walk around the world. He usually spent his nights in jails or firehouses. A widower, Kelley hoped to meet people, visit family and explore his great-grandfather’s birthplace. But his biggest goal was to try and locate prisoners of war and soldiers listed as missing in action. He guessed his journey would take five years, more or less.

  • OUR OPINION: Harriman’s leadership shows again

    It has been a big spring for the city of Harriman.

    Despite criticism from some, officials there have formally opened their beautifully refurbished grand old theater.

    We are inclined to agree with those who believe the Princess Theatre will stop the decline and restore the heart and soul to Harriman’s downtown.

    City officials also have garnered major support in their idea to turn the old Roane Medical Center, which will be abandoned when the new hospital is completed in Midtown, into a Veterans Affairs hospital.

  • Guest Opinion: Will Rockwood show horse sense on crossing?

    Since September 2010, the Roane County Executive’s Office has used a system of management called a 5-Point Star System.

    It identifies five main topics that are the primary focus of the administration.

    Over the last 20 months, some topics have been added and deleted over time, and some are still the focus of our administration. Go to www.roanegov.org and link to county executive’s office to see the progression of the 5-Point Star System.  

  • Another scenic route planned through Roane

    An effort to promote the Upper Cumberland and Cumberland Plateau region includes seeking a federal designation for the old Walton Road as the Walton Road Scenic Byway.

    A meeting was recently held to get public input on how to promote the old wagon road, which started in Roane County around Fort Southwest Point and crossed the Cumberland Plateau to the Caney Fork and Cumberland rivers near Carthage in Smith County.

    The trail traversed areas which now are parts of Hwy. 70 and Interstate 40 going through Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood.

  • Ghosts may aid old building

    Roane Countians who enjoy seeking ghostly encounters won’t have to go far for a chance to explore a haunted venue.

    Tours of the Temperance Building, which has been the location of several paranormal evidence searches, are coming this month.

    “The tours will be from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month, starting in April,” said Richard Ruland, the founder of G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal.

  • Fleischmann stumps in Roane

    The Republican Primary is still months away, but incumbent 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said his mind is focused on legislative issues in Washington, D.C.

    “If I were to sit here and worry about primaries, I couldn’t focus on my job,” he said during a recent interview. “I think the best way to get re-elected is to go up there, do your job everyday, do the folks a good job and they’ll reward that at the polls.”

  • Thunder Road