Today's News

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 12

    25 Years Ago
    Adopt-A-School, an incentive program for academic achievement, enjoyed a high rate of success in Roane County. The program was a partnership between an organization or business and a selected school, program or class; a sharing of time, talent and expertise. The ways in which the adopter can help are limited only by the imagination of both parties.

    10 Years Ago

  • GUEST OPINION: God goes back to school through First Amendment

    First Amendment Center
    Millions of kids return to school this week — and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of won’t leave their faith at the schoolhouse door.

    As classes get under way, public school students across America will form religious clubs, pray together in their free time, distribute religious literature to classmates, share their religious convictions in class discussions and in many other ways belie the myth of the “godless public schools.”

  • Rockwood utility truck hit by car

    A Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas truck and a car were involved in a Friday morning accident on Wheeler Street not far from the utilities’ warehouse on Church Street.

    The front driver’s side of the Buick and a toolbox on the utility vehicle were damaged.

    Trooper Gary Snow said the fault was the driver of the Buick, Jimmy Charles Sexton Sr., who was traveling east on East Wheeler Street. The truck was traveling west on Wheeler Street toward Gateway Avenue.

  • New finance officer for city

    Rockwood City Council recently approved the hiring of a new finance officer.

    Belinda Puckett has 25 years of hands-on experience in financing, starting with banking after graduating high school and seven years with Spring City, where she lives.

    Until working for Spring City, she spent the rest of her career in Roane County.

    “I am very excited to be with the city of Rockwood and will work hard to be an asset that will help the city be successful financially,” Puckett said.

  • ‘Good neighbor’ gets wedged under house

    It took a bit of work to get a former Harriman City Councilman out of a tight spot underneath a Harriman residence.

    Johnny “Sambo” Plemons was at 102 Vann Drive to turn on the pilot light for a relative, something he was known to do for neighbors in his community.

    He reportedly slipped, fell and became wedged under the home.

    Michael Galyon was trimming weeds when Harriman Fire Department and Rescue Squad vehicles started to arrive. He said Plemons, who lives nearby, is always helping people around their homes.

  • MMS downs Harriman, 28-6

    After scoring on the first play of the game, Harriman Middle School appeared as if they were going to have a big night against Midway. But the Green Wave gained control and won the final 31:20 to take home a nice 28-6 win over the Blue Devils Monday night in Harriman.

  • Cherokee tops Rockwood for 5-0 start

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets ran their season mark to 5-0 Thursday evening as Wade Creswell’s squad downed visiting Rockwood at Dr. Nat Sugarman Field, 35-12.

  • Ellis Surplus, Salvage now open in Harriman


  • Technology park goes platinum: First DOE site to receive prestigious federal honor

    East Tennessee Technology Park has become the first U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management site to receive the Federal Electronics Challenge platinum award.

    The Federal Electronics Challenge is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to purchase greener electronic products, reduce impacts of electronic products during use, and manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.

    Federal agencies and facilities participate as partners in the program.

  • Employees may have help getting law degree

    Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law will award $5,000 scholarships to qualified applicants employed in certain sectors.

    Those eligible for the scholarships include Tennessee Department of Children’s Services employees, law enforcement officers, municipal employees or present or former members of the military, including the National Guard.