Today's News

  • Patient airlifted from Midtown crash site

    Lifestar medical helicopter made an emergency landing on Roane State Hwy. in Midtown Friday morning in response to three-car chain-reaction wreck at the intersection of Ruritan Road.

    A patient was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of injuries from the crash. Neither the person’s identity nor the extent of injuries were known at press time.

    According to reports, a green SUV and GMC Terrain were stopped at the traffic light when a Toyota Tundra crashed into the back of the green SUV.

  • Free canning class offered

    Rocky Top General Store is known for its rustic and nostalgic pieces, and comments from customers about the Harriman business’ canning products has inspired a class on the classic Southern method of preserving food.

    “We just had so many people coming in that wanted to learn how to can and don’t know how,” said Debbie Mee of Rocky Top General Store.

    Mee said the free class will be June 8.

    A University of Tennessee Extension agent will be providing the class, which will be informational.

  • Three honored with Silver Star Awards

    Renaissance Terrace of Harriman recently honored three people during its inaugural Silver Star Awards Gala.

    The honorees were Amber Jacks of Mid-East Community Action Agency and two caregivers, Houston Wallace and  Bonnie Stizler, both of whom were elected by their peers and voted on by their superiors.

    The caregivers were honored for setting the bar for care and consistently delivering stellar performances.

  • Clay marks 20 years at accounting firm

    Suzanne Clay recently celebrated more than 20 years of service with Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C., an accounting firm headquartered in Kingston.

    “We are extremely proud of Suzie’s years of service,” said Keith Uselton, president of Daniels, Uselton and Clay, P.C. “She is extremely knowledgable about financial and tax issues and is a true asset to our clients and firm.”

  • E-Response assists in reducing overpayment of Unemployment Insurance

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has an electronic separation process to help reduce overpayment of unemployment insurance.

    State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) E-Response is a website through which employers submit electronic responses to unemployment insurance information requests.

    The voluntary system was introduced in April 2012, but currently only 13% of employers are taking advantage of the system.

  • Meth trade grows: Record number of labs anticipated in 2013

    Putting medicines containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter. Limiting how much you can buy. Electronic tracking. Requiring people to speak to a pharmacist and show ID before purchasing.

    Those are some of the measures the state has put in place to fight meth production.

    They haven’t worked, according to Tommy Farmer, director of the state’s meth task force.

    “Business is booming,” he said. “Literally and figuratively.”

  • Arts Commission reinstates ABC grant program

    The Tennessee Arts Commission has reinstated its popular Arts Build Communities grant program.

    The ABC grant category is designed to provide support for arts projects that broaden access to arts experiences, address community quality of life issues through the arts, and enhance the sustainability of asset-based cultural experiences.

  • Harriman Happenings: May 6

    More than 250 people attended the home-going service of Elder Ruby Jean Boyd last Friday.

    Jean was well known and loved by all who knew her.

    She was the wife of the late Jack Boyd. She was also a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and child of God.

    She was an elder in Sevier Street Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Jean’s living was not in vain. She will be missed by family, her church and friends.

  • Chamber takes a break at Jake’s Tavern & Grill

    One of Roane County’s newest restaurants, Jake’s Tavern & Grill of Rockwood, celebrates its grand opening with a Roane County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.

  • VEC hopes camera on Houstons didn’t irk public

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative is in the business of supplying power.

    “We have no need to watch anyone,” Vice President of Operations Clyde Jolley said.

    Law enforcement might, though, and that’s why authorities sought the help of Volunteer Energy in its investigation of Rocky Houston.

    Jason Dobbs, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified in federal court that Volunteer Energy installed the pole camera that law enforcement used to watch Houston.