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Today's News

  • TWRA women's workshop coming to Crossville

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host its 2011 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop June 10-12 in Crossville at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center. 

  • Broad field for council in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council candidates got a taste of what could be as they sat in council seats at Rockwood City Hall at a recent candidates forum and fielded questions.

    Moderator Jo Walters with Rockwood 2000 shot questions at the candidates, including two of the three vying for an unexpired council term and eight candidates running for three four-year terms.

  • Harriman mayoral hopeful owes back taxes

    Wayne Best, a candidate for Harriman mayor, had $3,006.51 in unpaid personal property taxes as of Tuesday morning.

    The taxes were levied against his business, Best Exterminating. The total includes $671.69 in city of Harriman delinquent taxes.

    Best, a former fire chief in Harriman, said he was unaware of the delinquent taxes.  

    “We’re going over to pay them today,” he said Tuesday. “I had no idea until (Roane County News reporter) Cindy (Simpson) called and said something about some taxes.”

  • Retiring teachers say their goodbyes

    Love of children is what got Diana Nivens into teaching.

    Her love of youngsters hasn’t gone away, but the longtime Dyllis Elementary School educator is calling it a career this year.

    “I’m going to miss the children,” she said. “It was a hard decision. It really was, but my dad’s 87 and he lives up north.”

    Nivens was one of 13 Roane County Schools retirees recognized during a reception last week.

  • Harriman Farmers Market set to open

    The Harriman Farmers Market is still accepting vendors for the weekly event that starts Saturday, June 11.

    The weekly event is Saturdays and Wednesdays at Riverfront Park through autumn.

    Organizer Pat Mynatt said initial offerings may seem limited this early in the season.

    “We are a producers market, so you are only going to find what is in season in our area,” she said. “We don’t allow resellers, so everything is fresh from the farm.”

  • Discussion, not closed doors, may better serve official

    By GENE POICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has a complaint about a news report by an Atlanta TV station, but his objections likely would be better served by an open debate than a closed door.
    A reporter and photographer from WAGA-TV, a Fox network station, were refused entry May 13 into Deal’s office for the signing of a controversial immigration bill. A day earlier, the station had reported on an investigation involving Deal’s election campaign and a fundraising company linked to the governor’s daughter-in-law.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Help for libraries is good for all of us

    Back in the day … long before I met the “boss,” got into the information business and then started having children, I had hours to burn.
    Outside of weekend camping trips with buds, some shade-tree mechanic work on my old mini-bike and homework projects, I had a special passion.
    I suppose what it really boiled down to was my tendency to choose to escape from the humdrum of every day life.
    I liked to read.
    And I often could be found wearing out my library card at
    C. Bascom Slemp Memorial Library.

  • Tornado relief effort ready to launch

    Rockwood’s First Baptist Church will lead a community-wide missions trip to Anniston, Ala., Friday to help the community rebuild after late-April’s tornadoes.
    Recently, senior pastor Josh Lancaster traveled with church deacon Rick Ellis and student pastor Wes Ford to the Calhoun County area to see the devastation firsthand.
    They were able to identify home repair projects, such as roof construction, drywall repair and rebuilding porches and handicap ramps.
    Already, it’s been an emotional experience.

  • Harriman to seek more TVA funding from foundation

    Harriman hasn’t gotten what it deserves in the wake of the December 2008 ash spill at TVA’s  Kingston Fossil Plant.
    That is the view of Harriman City Councilman
    J.D. Sampson, who is seeking to pursue what he said is $900,000 remaining that the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, formed to help communities affected by the environmental disaster.
    “We’re not asking for something we don’t deserve,” Sampson said at a recent council meeting.

  • Harmon recognized by county

    James Harmon saw countless people honored with commission resolutions during his 22 years as a member of Roane County’s legislative body.
    He witnessed it again this month — only this time he was the one being honored.
    “It was a nice gesture on their part,” Harmon said of the commission’s decision to honor him for his 22 years of service as a commissioner.
    The resolution was passed in April. Officials invited Harmon to the May meeting to present it to him in person.
    He received a standing ovation after it was read.