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Today's News

  • COLD!

    With frozen pipes, dead car batteries and frosty fingers, Roane County emerged from a polar vortex the likes of which had not been seen in two decades.

    It took everything TVA had to supply power to the region as temperatures dipped to the zero mark and wind chills well below that.

    Strain on the power system was so high that TVA initiated a rare power supply alert — a precautionary declaration that an unexpected shutdown of a transmission system or generating system could cause outages.

  • Nelson for judge, Ellis for clerk

    Kim Nelson’s tenure as Roane County circuit court clerk could be one term.

    This week, Nelson announced plans to run for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    “I’m preparing to run, and I have picked up papers to begin this process,” she said.

    Nelson was elected circuit court clerk in 2010. She replaced multi-term clerk Angela Randolph, who did not seek re-election that year.

    The race for judge will not include an incumbent, either.

  • Midtown gets more sewer aid

    Roane County has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant that will be used to provide sewer access to low-income residents in Midtown.

    “That’s a good thing for Roane County to be able to sewer another area of the county,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s good for the citizens down there who were having problems with septic systems.”

    The state grant is for $487,067 and requires a $72,781 match from the county.

  • Fires keep Harriman officials busy

    Harriman firefighters put out a fire at an unoccupied home 212 Morgan St. early Sunday morning.

    It was the second fire there in the last couple of years, according to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “It appeared to be in the stairwell to the second floor,” Goss said.

    Another fire, at 421 Morgan St., was on Sunday, Dec. 29.

    No one was hurt in that late night fire that heavily damaged the home.

  • Fleischmann gears up for another run

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is proud of his support for a recent budget deal passed by Congress. The bipartisan agreement passed the House 332-94 and the Senate 64-36.

    “It’s actually a major accomplishment to get a budget when you think that our country has been operating without a budget for so long,” said Fleischmann, whose 11-county 3rd Congressional District includes all of Roane County. “I think it was important to get us back on the right track.”

  • State group names McNew top volunteer

    The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has named Jack McNew of Harriman its CASA Volunteer of the Year.

    McNew has been a court-appointed special advocate volunteer for five years.

    He was instrumental in the formation of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, the CASA agency serving Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties, and has served on its board of directors since 2009.

  • Put civility back in free speech options for 2014

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The First Amendment protects our freedom to say and write just about anything we want — but that doesn’t mean we ought to, particularly in public life.

    The difference rests between “can” and “should.”

    Our nation’s founders were no strangers to rude, callous and raucous debate in public life and to vicious commentary, even by today’s “anything goes” online standards.

  • The Garden Gate: Cheating nature for beauty, treats a long-held practice

    Mankind has been trying to outwit nature since the beginning of gardening. The Romans were among the first.

    It has been recorded that Emperor Tiberius was able to have fresh cucumbers on his table in every month of the year.

    There is something fascinating about having summer flowers in the winter and enjoying fruits and vegetables out of season. Since ancient times, forcing plants and building greenhouses has developed into quite a sophisticated art.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 8

    25 Years Ago
    Harriman’s first baby of 1989 made her arrival at 1:09 p.m. Jan. 7 in Harriman City Hospital. Taniensha Annette Thomas, daughter of Tyrone and Seressa Thomas of Rockwood, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. For making her milestone appearance into the world, Taniensha was awarded at $50 savings bond by the hospital.

  • Well, hello, Dolly!

    Alma Miniard and her daughter, Sally Miniard, are among those greeted by a festive Dolly Parton stand-up at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center visitors during the holidays.

    The display served a reminder of the importance of reading to children everyday and an encouragement to enroll small children in Imagination Library.

    The promotion is especially significant to the Miniards: Alma is a Harriman Care and Rehab resident, and Sally was a Dollywood manager for six years.

    Accompanying Sally on her visit was her dog, Azul.