Today's News

  • Roane’s top firefighters of the year
  • Largen moves to strike city motion

    Self-proclaimed curmudgeon Gerald Largen is now challenging the authority of an attorney selected by the city of Harriman to handle the annexation challenge suit he filed late last year.

    His latest filing is a motion to strike the motion to dismiss filed by Knoxville attorney Michael Kelley, hired by Harriman officials to tackle Largen’s suit.

    Largen, a retired Kingston attorney and Roane County News columnist, is asking the court to require Kelley file proof of his authority to represent the city.

  • New name for May opening

    A regional renaissance festival in Harriman just got bigger with a name change.

    Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, which premiered the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival at its October 2014 preview show, has changed the event’s name to the Tennessee Medieval Faire for its grand opening on May 16.

    “Our festival name has changed, but the delightful family content will stay the same,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president/manager and entertainment director.

  • Harriman Happenings Feb. 16

    Wishing Eric Stone a speedy recovery from having pneumonia.

    On Thursday, he was discharged from the hospital and is recuperating at home.

    Eric is the son of the late Jess and Doris Stone.

    We are happy to know that the Rev. Larry Woods is resting at home.

    He recently had heart surgery at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center.

    God is good.

    A get-well wish to Denis Bolton, who is under the weather. Hope you will be back with us soon.

    We are wishing Norma Bazel a get-well wish.

  • Attorney Blackshear to speak during chapter luncheon

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Oak Ridge Chapter of Blacks in Government will have its 21st annual BIG scholarship luncheon on Feb. 26.

    The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Attorney Julian Blackshear Jr. will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. His speech will focus on the 2015 Black History Month theme, “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

  • A Weigel’s Welcome
  • Mob cashing in on sweets cache
  • Midway sweeps All-County MVP spots

    After tallying the votes from Roane County media members, fans and coaches, Roane County news has announced the All-County Boys and Girls basketball teams for the 2014-15 season.

    Each team is made up of eight players, five starters and three bench players. The boy and girl with the most coaches votes was selected as the MVP for their respective team.

    This year’s All-County MVP positions were swept by Midway High School with Abby Bertram and Jacob Cawood taking the top spots.

  • Taking a stance on ‘coming out’ in sports

    In recent years, one movement that has been gaining a great deal of momentum has been the gay rights movement.

    We’ve even seen flashes of it in the sports world with players like NBA’s Jason Collins, WNBA’s Brittney Griner and former University of Tennessee standout Glory Johnson, who is engaged to Griner.

    In 2014, while professional basketball had started to somewhat open its arms, the NFL had yet to open theirs. That is, until former Missouri Tigers star Michael Sam came out.

  • Safety first with Valentine’s Day cooking, candles

    A Valentine’s Day spent with a home-cooked meal and candles lit can quickly turn to disaster if fire safety measures are not in place.

    The biggest disaster threat in the United States isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes — it’s fire, reports the American Red Cross.

    The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year — one every eight minutes — and most are home fires.