Today's News

  • ‘Broadway’ concert boosts Kingston ministry

    “Give My Regards to Broadway,” a concert to benefit Kingston United Methodist Church’s All God’s Children ministry,  will begin at 7 p.m. in the church at 212 W. Church St.

    Donations will be accepted.

    The concert will feature University of Tennessee theater professor Terry Silver-Alford and Mike Adcock, church organist and director of music.

    Silver-Alford teaches musical theatre performance, directing, introduction to theatre and acting at UT.

  • OUR OPINION: Disruptive time changes? Let’s put them to bed

    In Arizona, except for on one or two Indian reservations, the clocks never spring forward or fall back. They stay put all year.

    We should envy those well-rested people, even if daybreak there looms before 5 a.m. at the height of summer.

    Some people are calling for a change to our spring forward-fall back system, allowing the changes begin on Saturday, not Sunday, to give people an extra day to adjust

    We have a more reasonable idea: We’re of the opinion these Draconian time changes should be done away with completely.

  • County native gets statue

    Now in his 90s, former Harriman resident Walter Douglas Smith helmed Francis Marion University from its first days as a state college.

    Recently, the Florence, S.C., school honored him with the unveiling of a statue on its campus.

    Smith was president from when the school opened with little more than 900 enrollees in 1970, until he retired in 1983.

    “I’m very pleased to have been a part, particularly to be there when the doors first opened in 1970. Today it is a very good campus,” Smith said.

  • One more blizzard story: Bringing home baby

    The 1993 blizzard was an important homecoming for one Roane County resident and his parents.

    At noon on the day it started to snow, Ray and Ann Stewart brought their new bundle of joy, Dalton, home from the hospital.

    “That night our power went out, leaving us with no heat or water,” Ann said. “We put our baby in his carrier and covered it with blankets and quilts.”

    The trio headed out into the blizzard at 1 a.m. in their four-wheel-drive truck and headed to the home of her parents, C.J. and Peggy Ragsdale.

  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduates: Fall 2012

    Three University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students from Roane County received their degrees during fall commencement.

    Samuel Collins received a bachelor’s degrees in health and human performance: exercise science: applied.

    Lauren Hix’s bachelor’s degree is in psychology.

    Cody Wampler received a bachelor’s degrees in health and human performance: exercise science: pre-professional.

    More than 700 students were in the graduating class.

  • Break-in turns rough in Harriman

    Two men in ski masks kicked in a door and roughed up the three occupants of a Harriman apartment early Wednesday.

    Ron Allen Arwood, 24, of Harriman, and Brady Alan Capps, 27, were charged with especially aggravated burglary and robbery, while a third, Joseph Franklin Capps III, 24, was charged with especially aggravated burglary, robbery and criminal impersonation.

    “They were looking for money,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Checking things out

    A Tennessee Department of Transportation crew checks supports under the Interstate 40 bridge near the Midtown exit Wednesday.

  • Blizzard of ’93 left lasting legacy

    This week, on March 12, marked the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest weather events Roane Countians have ever witnessed.

    What they may not realize is the impacts of the Blizzard of 1993 are with them to this day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager, who spent more than two decades as Roane County’s executive, was in charge at the time. Yager, who had just started his third of six terms, remembers the event well.

    “We had heard days in advance — the perfect storm is about to come,” he said.

  • Annexation talks simmer

    When stirrings of Midtown annexation along Hwy. 70 renewed, it didn’t take long for Midtown business owners to once again let their feelings of disapproval be known.

    Recently, Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson complained that area businesses, including some outside the city limits, have thrived as a result of investment Harriman has put into the Midtown corridor.

  • King College honors: Fall 2012

    King College recently honored Roane County students in traditional and professional studies undergraduate programs who received academic honors for fall semester.

    Named to the president’s list were Robert Ray Kring of Harriman; Michael Scott Bandy, Deepa Cecilia Garren and Eden Buchanan Sherrod of Kingston; Hannah Elyse Hester and Krista Susanne Whaley of Oliver Springs; and Jerry Michele Crowe and Jessica Dawn Golliher of Rockwood.