Today's News

  • Operation REACH funds way down

    Jane Ollis has been working with Operation REACH for more than 25 years. She said she remembers few years like this one.

    With less than three weeks to go before they take children shopping, Ollis said Operation REACH is well below its fundraising goal.

    “Our goal is $135,000, and we’ve got $28,800,” she said. “By this time, we normally have over half our goal.”

  • RSCC reception for new college president

    Dr. Julian Ahler and his wife Margo chat with new Roane State Community College President Chris Whaley earlier this month during a meet-and-greet reception for Whaley.

    The first Roane State alumnus to helm the college, Whaley lives in Harriman and was a Roane State administrator prior to his appointment due to the retirement of Gary Goff.

    Whaley is the fifth president in Roane State’s history.

  • Parking-lot bash helps Kingston with noise ruling

    Kingston City Council members passed a new noise ordinance at their Nov. 13 meeting, but not before throwing a party in the parking lot of Kingston Community Center, then nearly rethinking their entire approach to the problem once the meeting started.

    Well, it wasn’t actually a party, but it might have seemed like such to curious passersby.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like ...

    It may not yet be Thanksgiving, but Greg Leach of Kingston Public Works spent last week affixing city Christmas decorations to utility poles to dress up city sidewalks holiday style.

    Leach’s counterparts in Harriman and Rockwood completed similar tasks along their thoroughfares to give the cities a feeling of Christmas.

    Though consumers are frequently heard to bemoan the jumpstart of decorations and advertisements before cooking their Thanksgiving bird, the cities seem to have joined in the early celebrations.

  • Family keeps centenarian young

    One hundred years passes by quickly when life is as rich and full as that of Gladys Gambill.

    Gambill, who turned 100 late last month, has seen a lot in all her years. She’s lived a fun-filled family life, making it through the Great Depression, floods and seeing firsthand the results of civil unrest.

    “She turned 100 on the 30th of October. She can tell you some stories. She was the baby of six and the last one living,” said Gambill’s daughter Gale Russell.

  • Morgan says predecessor cut assessment for doctor suitor

    Former property assessor Teresa Kirkham has been accused of fraudulently lowering an assessment for Dr. Clary P. Foote, whom she once dated.

    Leading the charge against her is current assessor David Morgan, who has his own ties to Foote.

    “Have you established a primary care physician here in Tennessee?” Morgan was asked during a deposition.

    “Yes,” he responded. “Dr. Clary P. Foote.”

  • 'Round Rockwood: Nov. 19

    Visiting me from Chesapeake were Dr. Joe and Kathleen McKinney. Dr. McKinney received his veterinarian degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. They plan to move into the house here on Lakemont Drive in the near future.

    The Red Hat Society had an enjoyable luncheon here at Victorian Square. Each resident received a beautiful bouquet of silk spring flowers.

    I had two very nice young ladies clean my room. Thanks to Joy Ward and Kathy Ward, who did a real nice job of cleaning.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 19

    Annual World Day of Prayer was held Sunday, Nov. 11, at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton, where the Rev. William Caldwell Jr. is pastor.

    This was given by the women of the Knoxville District Baptist Association. Minister Ernest Scruggs presided over this service.

  • Spend $50 in Roane on Super Saturday

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Super Saturday on Nov. 24 will tie into a nationally promoted “Shop Small” campaign that promotes the support of small businesses.

    Chamber President Leslie Henderson calls Super Saturday “a special day for everyone to spend at least $50 at a Chamber member’s business.”

    She said, “If everyone did this, we could have a huge effect on our local economy and really help our community.”

  • Have you driven a Ford lately?

    Detroit’s a long way from Roane County, but a Harriman auto dealership served as a conduit last week to boost contributions from one of the Big Three automakers to a beloved charity.

    Operation REACH is poised to receive up to $500 from Ford Night Out, a national charitable campaign in which Jerry Duncan Ford participated last week.