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Today's News

  • Rockwood football coach was ‘legend around here’

    The Rockwood community lost one of its greatest coaches with the passing of C.W. Pemberton Jr., who died Tuesday at 85.
    Pemberton taught and coached football for a total of 38 years.
    Along the way, Pemberton had stops in Vienna, Mo.; Gordonsville, Tenn.; the Homesteads in Crossville, South Harriman and Rockwood.
    It was at Rockwood where Pemberton left his mark — coaching the Tigers to the 1976 TSSAA Class A State Championship.

  • Corrections & Clarifications

    In Wednesday’s letters to the editor, the age of Jane Jackson’s son was listed as 29. He was actually 19.
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    The Peggy Littleton who was arrested by Kingston police on Sept. 8 was 49 years old and had a home address of 200 Duff Road, Lenoir City.
    She is not to be confused with a Roane County resident by the same name.
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    An Aug. 29 story A Rockwood princess faces rare genetic disorder listed the incorrect email for Cindy Gregg. It is cindy_gregg2001@yahoo.com.

  • Last of influential Browder brothers dead at 97

    Longtime businessman Rhea Browder, who with his brothers, Joe and Ed Browder, formed Harriman Oil Co. in the late 1930s amid the Great Depression, died Monday at 97.
    So pivotal was the role the family played in Harriman politics and business that a section is dedicated to them in the popular Walter Pulliam book, “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built.”
    The historian and editor said this week he got to know the Browders well during his 30 years as a newspaper man in Harriman.

  • Hurley speaks

    Whether it’s the pride she takes in being a former Hooters waitress or the videotape of her encounter with state trooper Teresa Brown, state Rep. Julia Hurley has been making headlines across the state and even country this year.
    The Lenoir City Republican recently agreed to a request for a sit-down Q&A interview with Roane County News reporter Damon Lawrence.

  • A Roane State welcome back to college

    Kingston resident Cheny Groberg seeks information from Molly Stover and Patrick Pate outside of the Roane State Community College library during the school’s welcome back event on the first day of classes.

    The first-year student will be taking general studies courses that will be easily transferrable.

  • School board earns award of distinction

    Roane County Board of Education is being honored by the Tennessee School Boards Association for its efforts to effectively govern public schools for more than 7,200 students.

    TSBA was to present its prestigious Board of Distinction Award, which recognizes outstanding performance by the entire school board, at a public board meeting to highlight the accomplishments of Roane County’s elected education leaders.

    The award was scheduled to be presented by Pat Chester, Southeast District Director, at the school board meeting in September.

  • Could online technology program be a perfect fit?

    The U.S. Department of Labor and the 2010-11 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook project employment of health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.

  • Churches partner for youth rallies

    More than 15 churches in Roane and Anderson counties are having monthly youth rallies with an average attendance of more than 250 youths.

    The nondenominational youth rallies began in June and include music from praise and worship bands, addresses by pastors and youth pastors and, according to Travis Harmon, youth pastor at Harriman’s Big Emory Baptist Church, “some of the most intense group building games our area has seen.”

  • Spotlight on Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Aug. 26 — Scotty Tyler Bryant, 20, 1117 Roane St. Apt. 1, Harriman: violation drinking-age law. Bond $675; court date Sept. 26.