Today's News

  • Hauntings of Harriman offers a spine-tingling tour of town

    Harriman’s Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization is getting ready for two nights of fun, thrills and chills in a historically accurate, spirit-filled adventure through the streets of Harriman.

    The Hauntings of Harriman, an annual guided walking tour through streets of Victorian homes and buildings, built more than a century ago, will kick off at 8 p.m. Oct. 5-6.

    The tour promises a glimpse into the lives of some of the town’s most
    interesting people of the past and

  • Military Matters: Chris D. Fairchild

    Army National Guard Pfc. Chris D. Fairchild recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

    The 2003 graduate of Oliver Springs High School is the son of Jason and Tammy Fairchild of Clinton.

    He earned an associate degree in 2005 from ITT Technology Institute, Knoxville.

    During the nine weeks of training, Fairchild received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.

  • The Garden Gate: Grains remain our staff of life

    Barley is one of the world's oldest known foods.

    It has been cultivated since long before recorded history began, and bread making has been around since the end of the last ice age, when the earth warmed up and grass and seeds began to grow.

    The Bible is full of references to barley as a staple food and for ceremonial use.

    The first primitive breads appeared in the Eastern Mediterranean area as the people of the Middle East learned to choose the wild wheat and the barley that grew there and made a kind of dough from them.

  • Arrests: Aug. 25-31, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 25 — Markus Dylan Miller, 20, 360 White Oak Road, Oakdale: hold for Morgan County.

    • Heather Nicole Napier, 25, 258 Walnut Grove, Kingston: violation of probation. No bond or court date listed.

    • Jeremy Daniel Young, 32, 124 Lewis Drive, Kingston: failure to appear, five counts violation of probation. Total bond $50,000; court date Oct. 22.

  • We’ll never all agree on the role of government

    Center on Congrees at Indiana University
    The conventional wisdom has settled on the subject of this year’s presidential campaign: it’s about the proper role of government in our nation’s life.
    This is a good argument to have, but don’t expect it to be resolved by the election. Americans have been debating the question since before the Constitution was drawn up, and we haven’t come to terms yet.

  • Sounding the alarm for needed teacher supplies

    Anyone with teachers as family members, friends or neighbors knows they are always reaching into their own pockets for money for supplies.
    Sometimes that money is for instructional supplies for lab activities or for their own needs. Often, however, it is for supplies for students who may not be able to afford the very basics they need for successful learning.

  • Paper mill may make clean-up list

    The Clinch River Corp., the former pulp and paper mill in Harriman, is one of eight hazardous waste sites the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add to the list of National Priorities List for cleanup under the Superfund program.
    Harriman officials have been vying for the designation because the cleanup of the property is likely to be costly.
    “I think it is fantastic,” said Councilman Buddy Holley, who spearheaded the most recent effort to get the site cleaned up.

  • Roane County High alum sees stars in Air Force

    Not long after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1978, future Air Force Brig. Gen. Jane Cochran Rohr found herself, of all things, analyzing rat urine for an independent laboratory in Knoxville.
    It didn’t take her long to decide on a career path change.
    “My father had been in the Air Force, so I just decided to join up,” said Rohr
    “It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

  • Imagination Library helps whole community

    Imagination Library has delivered hundreds of thousands of books to children from birth to age 5 — a span critical in children’s learning.
    Tennessee’s Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation is dedicated to the partnership with Imagination Library.
    Theresa Carl, who is the newest president of Books from Birth, made a presentation recently at the Harriman Rotary Club. She shared how important it is to start working with children early.

  • Rockwood hopes for more TVA money

    Rockwood is looking at what it can do with more than $600,000 officials believe will be coming from the TVA Foundation.
    “If we can get together on some project I’ll be glad to pass it on to TVA,” Mayor James Watts said recently.
    Watts said Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas officials have asked a portion of that money come to them for projects like inflow and infiltration in lines.