Today's News

  • Hurricanes headed to World Series

    The Hurricanes, a 10-Under travel baseball team registered out of Kingston, earned a berth in USSSA's Elite 32 Major World Series that will be held at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex in Disney World.

  • New foes highlight 2013 schedule

    The 2013 football season is a little more than two months away and this season will feature some schedule changes for all five county high school teams.

  • Beer board refuses to hear woman's application

    The Roane County Beer Board refused to hear Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit on Tuesday.
    “Because you all think I’m opening up for Grover Norton,” Christopher told the board.
    Norton, owner of the Grill & Pub, had his beer permit revoked for a year on Feb. 12. Christopher planned to operate from the same location, 2224 Harriman Hwy., under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.
    According to her application, Norton still owns the property.


    With a lightning-fast mind and body, Austin Cochran struggled with the pace in traditional schools.

    Diagnosed in kindergarten with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, the fifth-grader was often bored and antsy in the classroom.

  • Businesses give boost to reading
  • Some employers closing job sites for safety talks

    The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a number of construction trade associations are participating in a statewide Caught In/Between Accidents Safety Stand Down today, Monday.

    Participating employers will shut down their jobsites at 7 a.m. June 10 to discuss the prevention of caught/in between injuries.

  • Out to Lunch: Big Dog calling for a return to Jake's Tavern and Grill

    An Oxford dictionary, edited in 1946, describes a tavern as a public house for supply of food and drink.

    More recent editions of Webster’s dictionary expand to include whatever the proprietor wishes to advertise.

    This “Out to Lunch” adventure to Jake’s Tavern and Grill in Rockwood tells about some of the varied lunch items we and other customers enjoyed.

    Jacki Hill and her daughter, Kris, opened Jake’s in March in Shoppes at Walden Ridge, the center next door to Fowler’s Furniture and behind Goodwill Industries.

  • Next Chapter helps boost reading skills

    The reader begins tentatively, but as the story progresses, she gains confidence and the words flow easier.
    Helping adults gain stronger reading skills is the focus of The Next Chapter Book Club, which began meeting in April at The Spot in Harriman.
    Lisa Parker is using this as a chance to continue strengthening her mind after a stroke took its toll.

  • Evans makes request for checks official

    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans regularly makes requests to see financial records of the city.
    She recently butted heads with others, including Rockwood attorney Greg Leffew, over disagreement on a Freedom of Information Act records request.
    “I have been trying now for two or three years to get some information about some checks, and I have been told I cannot have them,” Evans said at a recent meeting.
    The records are public, Leffew agreed.

  • Bombing gives Stocktons perspective on priorities

    The Boston Marathon bombing has given Tara and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton a greater appreciation of each other.
    They shared that appreciation when detailing their harrowing experience to the Harriman Rotary Club last week.
    Tara Stockton was running the prestigious Boston Marathon in April while her husband was  there for support.
    Tara Stockton still remembers the creeping dread of not knowing where her husband was but realizing he was somewhere around the finish line.