Today's News

  • Panelists to discuss restoration success of Princess Theatre

    In September 1926, the Princess Theatre opened its doors in downtown Harriman.

    Eighty-seven years later, the former movie house has been fully restored and is the centerpiece of the Princess Performing Arts, Education and Conference Center.

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Roane State Community College will host an open house, recital and panel discussion about the restoration project from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 12.

    The free event will take place in the Princess Theatre Complex at 421 Roane St.

  • The hunt is on
  • Soup's On! And it's all for the kids

    Volunteer Susie Dutton fills a bowl of Tuscany chicken soup for Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District’s inaugural Roane County “Soup’s On” event Thursday in Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Homemade Tuscany chicken, Hunter’s chili and sausage potato soups were offered with bread and cookies.

    The event raised $2,806 to help provide services to severely abused children at the CAC.

    Board members, volunteers, county members and the faith-based community all donated time, money and resources for the event.

  • Harriman Happenings: April 8

    Last Sunday, Carolyn Griffin, Jill Johnson, Julia Harris, Alicia Harris and I joined the Rev. Tony Cannon and his church family at River View Baptist Church in Lenoir City to see an Easter play.

    This play was based on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Children, adults and three men from New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville took part in this play. Music was provided by the choir. This was a great play, and all enjoyed it.

    The FCE Club met Wednesday in the Community Center in Kingston with 14 members present.

  • ORNL up on awake imaging

    A technology being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory promises to provide clear images of the brains of children, the elderly and people with Parkinson's and other diseases without the use of uncomfortable or intrusive restraints.

    Awake imaging provides motion compensation reconstruction, which removes blur caused by motion and allows physicians to get a transparent picture of the brain without anesthetics that can mask conditions and alter results.

  • How Sweet It Is!
  • Leadership Roane County visits state capitol


    Members of Leadership Roane County visit with Gov. Bill Haslam and other state lawmakers during a recent trip to the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville. The group includes, front row from left, state Rep. Kent D. Calfee, state Sen. Ken Yager, Suzanne Horsfall, Haslam, Misty Wright, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, state Rep. Ron Travis; second row, Sarah Hooper, Kat Baker, Pam May, Jude Miller, Laura Travis; third row, Jennifer Fugate, David Morgan, Chris Ayers, Danny Wright; and back row, Teresa Duncan, Sonny Hunter, Tony Clower and Ernie Ford.

  • DA rips property assessor on job

    Instead of accusing him of having a personal relationship with Teresa Kirkham, District Attorney General Russell Johnson told Property Assessor David Morgan to worry about learning how to do his own job.

    “My best advice to you as a fellow public official is to concentrate on learning to do your job better,” Johnson told Morgan in a letter in late 2012.

  • Volkswagen opens its doors in Roane County

    Volkswagen’s $40 million, 400,000-square-foot warehouse-
    distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park had its first official day of initial shipment of inbound material last week. The center will distribute auto parts for the Passat, which is made at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. It will also distribute other Volkswagen and Audi vehicle parts.

  • Fight for life makes living it even better

    Devastating fear, tears and fighting determination.

    Alma Johnson knew all those emotions the day she learned she had breast cancer in 2009.

    “I went to the doctor knowing something was wrong. I had a sharp pain — and then I felt it. I am a fanatic about breast exams,” Alma said.

    It took her a few days to take action that winter.

    “You have to process it two or three days before you finally say, listen something is going on,” she said.