Today's News

  • 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.

  • BenchMark to open PT clinic in Harriman

    BenchMark Physical Therapy is opening a new clinic at 2497 S. Roane St., Suite 220, Harriman.
    Director Hemal Patel said it’s his goal to offer access to advanced skills in physical therapy.

    Patel has a doctorate of physical therapy and is residency trained in orthopedics.

    “Residency is about developing a sound and up-to-date knowledge base and then applying it to patient care,” said David Harris, regional director.

  • Cherokee, RMS battle to the end

    The hardwood season continued in Roane County with a very physical, hard-fought contest between the Cherokee Lady Jackets and the Rockwood Lady Tigers that saw the Lady Jackets eke out a 27-25 win over their in-county rivals.
    Cherokee gave the Lady Tigers a blanking in the first period with a 4-0 advantage.
    A 6-0 tilt at one point gave Cherokee a 12-6 lead, but the Lady Tigers came roaring back to methodically chop their deficit down to 16-12 at the half.
    Rockwood would use an 11-6 swing in the third period to take a 23-22 lead going into the home stretch.

  • MMS splits with Oliver Springs

    The Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats and Midway Green Wave battled to a draw in the first meeting of the season between the two county rivals.